Etobicoke Suzuki Music is recognized as one of the oldest and finest Suzuki programs in Canada. At Etobicoke Suzuki Music,
we want to bring the joy of learning music into the home of every family that we serve.
The objective of ESM is to contribute to the community, in partnership with our families, through high-quality music
education. In addition to fostering an ongoing appreciation of music, this education seeks to nurture the whole child by
developing independence, discipline, and other life skills.
ESM's Adaptation During COVID-19
ESM's priority continues to be the health and safety of our families and teachers. We are appreciative of the
strong continued support from our community!
ESM is accepting enquiries for Fall 2020. Please contact:
Updated October 4, 2020:
All lessons and classes will continue to be held online for the foreseeable future.
If you have questions, please direct them to our Co-Directors: Tricia Balmer and Myra Yeung.
Click here for info about Zoom setup and online performance setup.
We are excited to announce the 2020-2021 Sprouts Program!
Click here for more Sprouts information.
- Ages: Birth to 4 years old. Babies age 0-6 months have free tuition!
- Tuesday morning and Saturday morning classes available.
- Fall Term will begin Sat October 17 / Tues October 20.
- Classes will be online on Zoom for the foreseeable future.
Who We Are
Etobicoke Suzuki Music is a nonprofit, co-operatively run school that was founded in 1982. ESM has an enrolment of
over 100 children between the ages of 6 months and 18 years old.
Our faculty members have extensive and specialized training in the Suzuki method, acquired in Canada, the USA, and
Japan. Our teachers are all accomplished musicians and perform in various orchestras and professional ensembles.
What We Provide
- Suzuki Sprouts (Suzuki Early Childhood) music classes for babies and toddlers from birth to 4 years old and their
caregivers. Musical interest and ability are developed using a variety of rhythm instruments, finger plays, and
songs. Important social skills such as taking turns and sharing are also developed.
- Instruction in violin, viola, and cello for children ages 3 and up (Core Program).
- A private lesson and a group class each week for every Core Program student with their parent.
- Music & Movement classes for younger Core Program students.
- Chamber music instruction and trips/exchanges for senior students.
- Two full-school group concerts, multiple solo recitals, and an all-day workshop with guest teachers.
- An enrichment program including classes such as rhythmic reading, orchestras, Fiddle Club, and music theory.
- Opportunities to perform in groups and as soloists for community groups (retirement homes, schools, etc).
When Our Programs Are Scheduled For
Our school year runs from September to June. Enrolment is for the full year. Occasionally we accept beginner students
until January, so please feel free to enquire.
- Private lessons are scheduled between the parent and their studio teacher.
- Group classes are scheduled on Mondays during late afternoon and evening. These run September through November,
and January through April.
- Suzuki Sprouts classes are offered throughout the school year.
- Some private lessons and group classes are available during summer months.
Where We Are Located
ESM group classes, enrichment classes, Sprouts classes, and most of our performance events are held in Etobicoke at
PLAST Huculak Centre, 516 The Kingsway (at Kipling Ave, parking in rear of building).
Private lessons are taught at various locations in West Toronto and Etobicoke, including PLAST.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, all of our classes, lessons, and events are being held online.
How We Teach
We follow the philosophy of Talent Education developed by Shinichi Suzuki in Japan in the 1940's. This philosophy
is based on the idea that every child has the potential to achieve a high level of proficiency and personal
development. (See our Suzuki Method webpage for more information.)
- Instruction is carried out in a positive manner that reinforces accomplishments, builds confidence, and is fun.
- The repertoire is designed to build skills in small sequential steps that are easy for young children.
- Each child progresses at their own pace.
- Our faculty participate in ongoing teacher development sessions, including frequent pedagogical discussions,
continued Suzuki Teacher Training, and conference and workshop attendance.
For more information about Etobicoke Suzuki Music, please contact us. We look forward to meeting you!