Suzuki String School of Guelph

Note by Note: Nurturing Our Children and Community

Kelly Williamson

Kelly Williamson, Suzuki ECE teacher, SSSG
Kelly Williamson holds a BMus in performance with Distinction from McGill University, and a MMus in performance from l'Université de Montréal.
As a student, she participated in private lessons and master classes with Geoffrey Gilbert and Peter Lloyd, as well as other well-known flutists, and has studied privately with Toshio Takahashi, founder of the Suzuki Flute School.

She was an active freelance musician and private teacher in Montreal for many years, and was also Suzuki Flute Coordinator at the McGill Conservatory, before relocating to Cambridge, Ontario. Kelly has been a frequent clinician in schools and an adjudicator at music festivals, and is invited to teach at workshops all around the world.

Kelly began her flute studies at the Academy of Music Program at Mount Royal College, Calgary where she had many opportunities to play in master classes for renowned musicians, including the eminent flutist and pedagogue Geoffrey Gilbert. She moved to Montreal in 1988 to study with Timothy Hutchins and Heather Howes at McGill University, earning a Bachelor's degree in performance with Distinction. She completed a Masters' degree in performance at l'Universite de Montreal in 1997, studying with Denis Bluteau.

Since 1996 Kelly has trained and specialized as a teacher with the Suzuki approach, studying in Japan with Toshio Takahashi and being appointed a Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) in 2006. She is invited to teach at workshops all over the world, including Canada, the US, Latin America, England, Tanzania, Japan, Europe, and Australia. She serves on the SAA's Teacher Development Advisory Committee and flute committee, as well as being the SAA representative to the International Suzuki Association flute committee, and the flute columnist for the American Suzuki Journal. She has adjudicated for festivals, including the Kiwanis Music Festival, and been a frequent clinician in schools. She embraces working with flute students from age four to forever! She is also a devotee of hot yoga and enjoys gardening and studying languages in her spare time.