Suzuki String School of Guelph

Note by Note: Nurturing Our Children and Community

Paule Barsalou

Paule Barsalou, director of SSSG
Paule Barsalou holds a BM in performance from Laval University and an MM in performance and Suzuki pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Paule has been teaching at the Suzuki String School of Guelph since 1989 and was artistic director of the school in 2004 to 2021. She is the coordinator of the SSSG long-term teacher training program. She has been a sanctioned Suzuki teacher trainer since 2003 and trained musicians in the Suzuki approach at institutes and workshop throughout Canada. She is also the co-founder, with Christie Zimmer, of Practice Notes, a reflective note taking system for fostering independent learning in young musicians. She trains teachers across Canada and adjudicates at festivals throughout Ontario. She is the principal second violin of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. Paule is a former director of the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, which she led from 1996 to 2009. She is highly committed to Dr. Suzuki's vision that every child can learn a musical instrument and should be taught in a way that nurtures the whole child and allows them to reach their full potential while acquiring healthy playing habits.