The Royal Conservatory of Music is proud to announce that the Royal Conservatory School — its community school — has been renamed the Oscar Peterson School of Music in honour of the legendary jazz pianist, and beloved alumnus and Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory.
Dr. Peterson, widely regarded as one of the foremost jazz pianists of his generation, started his music training using the curriculum of the RCM Certificate Program, known for its internationally acclaimed standard of music education and achievement, and credited his classical music training as foundational to his success.
On behalf of the Peterson family, Ms. Kelly Peterson said: “The renaming of the Royal Conservatory School would have humbled Oscar tremendously — and he would have been thrilled. It was Oscar’s belief that music education is extremely important for every single person, regardless of whether they intend to pursue a career in music or not, and that his classical music training gave him his technical foundation.”
The RCM will also launch the Oscar Peterson Program, a scholarship program offering tuition-free music instruction to underserved youth, in the fall of 2022. Details will be announced early next year.