Suzuki String School of Guelph

building a sense of community through the love of music
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When are private lessons scheduled?

Lessons are scheduled at a mutually convenient time for both the parent and the teacher during the week days.

Where are lessons held?

All lessons, groups and solo recitals are at the Guelph Youth Music Centre at 75 Cardigan Street. The large concerts in December and May are at the River Run Centre on the Main Stage.

What are the expectations for the parent?

  1. Attend your child’s private and group lessons at the school.
  2. Play the recordings of pieces to be learned.
  3. Guide your child’s daily practice sessions at home.
  4. Support your child as she or he learns a new skill. Parents do not need a musical background. The teacher will show you, step-by-step, how to guide your child easily at home.

What if I don't wish to play?

All parents learn the basic skills required to play the violin, viola or cello. If after, the first year, you do not wish to continue, that is fine; most parents do not continue. If you do wish to continue, we encourage you to obtain your own instrument.

Where do I find an instrument?

The teachers will size your child in the early fall and will guide you in the right direction to obtain an instrument. There are a few small size violins for rent in the School. All the small size cellos are rentals. The cost is $25/monthly for a violin and $30/monthly for a cello.

What about adult-size instruments?

There are enough rental violins, violas and cellos for all parents at the above rates.

School policies

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How do I find out more about the School?

Please phone our answering machine at 519-821-2890 and we would be happy to return your call and talk with you further. You can also email Janet Johnson (our administrator) or Paule Barsalou (our director) if you have other questions.