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Margot Jewell

ESM Co-director
Violin co-ordinator
Teaches: violin, viola and group classes

Bachelor of Music Education
ARCT (Royal Conservatory of Music)<
Suzuki Association of the Americas Certified Teacher Trainer
Suzuki teacher training to Book 10

For over 35 years Margot has enjoyed working with young people and their families, first at the Hamilton Suzuki School where she taught violin and was also the director and
more recently at the Etobicoke Suzuki School of Music which she co-founded in 1982.

She has a Bachelor of Music Education from McMaster University and her ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She obtained her Suzuki teacher training in Canada, Unites States, France and Japan.

Margot has performed in groups such as the National Youth Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, Symphony Niagara, Te Deum Orchestra, the Aradia Ensemble, as well as many free lance groups.

Margot is a festival adjudicator across Canada and the Specialist String Examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is also a reviewer for the 2013 violin RCM syllabus. In the summers Margot enjoys teaching at Suzuki Summer Institutes as well as at National Music Camp and Huckleberry Music Camp.

She has served on the Board and done committee work for the Suzuki Association of Ontario and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Her articles have been published in the SAO newsletter and SAA journal.

Margot is mother to two young adults who were Suzuki students.

Teaching schedule and location:

  • East Etobicoke (Kingsway area; PLAST)
  • Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday, 7:30 am - 9:00 pm

Tricia Balmer

ESM co-director
Cello co-ordinator
Teaches: cello and group classes

Bachelor of Music, Cello Performance, University of Toronto (plus education violin/viola, cello, bass, conducting, percussion and trumpet)
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, University of Toronto
Suzuki teacher training to cello book 10
Additional Suzuki training in supplementary repertoire, group class techniques, technique for advanced students and Violin books 1&2

For over 25 years Tricia has worked with children in a musical context.  She particularly enjoys working with her Suzuki families and seeing the children grow from the young ages of 3 & 4 to the late teen years.  Tricia also teaches adult cello students and enjoys seeing them realize their musical ability late in life.

Tricia has performed in groups such as the Rochester Youth Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony, Nepean Symphony, Symphony Niagara, Oakville Chamber Strings, as well as many chamber ensembles.  She enjoys chamber music and freelances in the Toronto and Huntsville areas.

Tricia worked as a strings specialist (violin, viola, cello, bass) for the Toronto District School Board from 1989-2001 where she taught up to 400 middle school students a year (school grades 6-8) and conducted ensembles of 50 string players and 100-140 strings and band combined. Feeling the need for more specific violin skills she enrolled in violin Suzuki Teacher Training in 1989 to prepare for her first year of school teaching.  Tricia fell in love with the Suzuki Method and continued her violin studies through book 2.  Realizing she might want to become a Suzuki cello teacher, Tricia started cello training in Canada as well as the United States and Europe.  She continues to train and observe other teachers regularly.
Tricia has been teaching with Etobicoke Suzuki Music for more than 20 years and has grown the cello program (from 5 students in her first year to approx. 25-30 students at present) to encompass children from age 3 to 17 and levels from pre-twinkle to Suzuki book 10 and beyond.

In 2001 Tricia retired from TDSB and became a full time Suzuki cello teacher with Etobicoke Suzuki Music, as well as a part time cello teacher and conductor for the Suzuki String School of Guelph where she conducted three levels of string orchestra for six years.  She has also been teaching in the Huntsville, Ontario Suzuki program for the past three years.
Tricia has led cello, ensemble and conducting workshops for Montreal Suzuki, Suzuki Niagara, Toronto District Secondary Schools, Toronto District Middle Schools, Toronto Catholic District Schools as well as Ottawa and Perth Suzuki programs, and has served as an adjudicator for London Kiwanis and the Royal Conservatory Non-Competitive Festivals.  She has taught for many summer music camps and Suzuki Institutes, including:

  • Huckleberry Summer Music Camp
  • Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute
  • Etobicoke Summer Music Camp
  • Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute (St. John’s, NLFD)
  • Oakville Performing Arts Camp
  • Miles Nadal Jewish Community Suzuki Summer Music Camp
Kaylee Davidson

Teaches: violin and group classes

Bachelor of Music Education
ARCT piano

Kaylee was a Suzuki student in both violin and piano. She has a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Toronto and her ARCT in piano (RCM). She played with the National Youth Orchestra. She has done Suzuki teacher training in Canada.

She also teaches strings with the TDSB as well as piano & theory in her own studio. Kaylee performs in various chamber groups, orchestras & festivals.

Teaching schedule and location:

  • Mississauga

Suzanne Davies

Teaches: Music and Movement

Bachelor of Music and Diploma in Education from McGill U.
Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze Music Pedagogy from the RCM
Diploma in Dance from George Brown College

Suzanne has studied piano, dance, viola and flute. She has performed as a musician (pianist, accompanist, singer, violist – Winnipeg Junior South Orchestra), and dancer (ballet, modern, jazz).

She has worked as a musical and choir director, ballet and music accompanist and music teacher. Currently, Suzanne also teaches Music and Movement at the Pia Bouman School of Ballet and Creative Movement and piano lessons, is Choir Director at Epiphany Lutheran Church, and also works as an accompanist and rehearsal pianist.

Suzanne aspires to inspire her students of all ages through music!

Mary Kowaliw

Teaches: violin

Bachelor of Education
Bachelor of Science

Mary was a co-founder of ESSM in 1982. She has taught with the Suzuki program at Seneca College. She has done Suzuki teacher training at Ithaca, NY and is an experienced workshop clinician. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education and teaches with the TCDSB. She is a Suzuki mother and grandmother.

Teaching schedule and location:

  • Central Etobicoke (Kipling & Eglinton area)
  • Thursday 4:30 - 6:30

Wendy Rogers

Teaches: violin, theory and rhythmic reading

Bachelor of Music Performance

Wendy was one of the first Canadian Suzuki students (Edmonton, Alberta). She has her ARCT gold medal (RCM) and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Indiana University. She played in the National Youth orchestra. Wendy has done Suzuki teacher training in Canada and the US.

Wendy is an examiner for the RCM. She has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and currently performs with the national Ballet Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, and other free lance groups. She is the mother of two former Suzuki students.

Teaching schedule and location:

  • Bloor West Village area
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Tova Rosenberg

Teaches: cello, group classes, Suzuki Early Childhood Education

Masters of Music, Cello Performance
Masters of Music, Cello Performance
Suzuki teacher training to Book 10
Suzuki Early Childhood Education certification (SECE music)

Incorporating her extensive Suzuki training (Suzuki Association of the Americas certified teacher: Every Child Can!, Suzuki Principles in Action, Cello Practicum, Cello Books 1 – 10, Suzuki Early Childhood Education stage 1) with her love of working with young children, Tova Rosenberg has developed innovative teaching ideas for young cellists and exciting programs for early childhood music education in New York, and now in Toronto.

Previously, Tova was the director/teacher of the Early Childhood Music Program at the School for Strings in Manhattan, where she also taught Suzuki cello lessons and theory classes. She was a member of the cello faculty at the Diller-Quaile School of Music and the Third Street Music School Settlement. She has been a cello teacher for the Music Institute of Long Island, the Suzuki program at Brooklyn College as well as for the summer string festival at the Elisabeth Morrow School in New Jersey. An active performer, Tova was a founding member of the TEA trio. She holds an M.M. from DePaul University and a B.M. from McGill and is a graduate of the School for Strings 2-year intensive Suzuki Teacher Training Program. She is also certified in the Mark O’Connor Violin Method.

Since moving to Toronto, Tova has been appointed to the faculty at the Etobicoke Suzuki Music school where she teaches cello as well as the Suzuki Early Childhood pre-instrumental program. Tova is the creator/teacher of the Early Childhood Music Program at the Wychwood Barns' Music in the Barns studio, where she also holds cello classes. She designed and teaches a custom music curriculum for young children at the Miles Nadal JCC called Do, Re...Me! as well as teaching cello for the Suzuki program there.

Julia McFarlane

Teaches: violin and group classes

Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance, McGill University
Masters of Music, Violin Performance, Peabody Conservatory

Born in Kingston, Julia began her violin studies in the Suzuki method at the age of five. After being accepted, at age 14, as the youngest member of the National Youth Orchestra, Julia went on to make her solo debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. While pursuing a Bachelors degree in Performance at McGill University and a Masters degree in Performance at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Julia studied with Mauricio Fuks, Yehonatan Berick, and Herbert Greenberg. Julia has played in the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Les Jeunes Virtuoses, Niagara Symphony Orchestra and Talisker Players. From 2000 to 2003, Julia was Principal Second Violin of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Saskatchewan Chamber Orchestra, and the Saskatoon Opera Orchestra. During the same time, she served as Co-Artistic Director and Co-Concertmaster of Prairie Virtuosi, Saskatchewan's only Baroque and Classical chamber orchestra.

As a registered Suzuki teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Suzuki Association of Ontario, Julia has been teaching Suzuki violin for 23 years and has taught with the Kingston Suzuki program, Beaurepaire Suzuki Strings (Montreal) and the Saskatoon Suzuki Strings Program. She has also taught at Institut Suzuki Montreal as a chamber music coach for the chamber music program. Julia is an active free lance violinist in Toronto and throughout southern Ontario, a founding member of the Glenellen String Quartet and concertmaster of the NYCO Symphony Orchestra.

She also has two young daughters who study Suzuki violin at ESM.

Julia is an avid reader, loves to knit and crotchet and has two amazing Tibetan Terriers.

Teaching location and schedule:

  • Central Etobicoke
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Amanda Lee

Teaches: violin and group classes

Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance, University of Toronto
Masters of Music, Violin Performance, University of Toronto

Originally from Victoria BC, Amanda is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she holds a Bachelor and Master's degrees in Violin Performance. She is an active freelancer and chamber musician and has played and held positions with a number of professional orchestras such as Victoria Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto, Windsor Symphony, Toronto Philharmonia, and Talisker Players. Amanda has also performed extensively for CBC radio and is currently on the Suzuki Violin Faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as teaching for Etobicoke Suzuki Music.

Elaine McLeod

Teaches: orchestra, small ensembles

Master of Music, Cello Performance, University of Western Ontario
Bachelor of Music, Cello Performance, Queen's University

Elaine has recently retired from a satisfying career with the TDSB where she built a thriving award-winning string program involving over 200 students at Runnymede Public School. She grew up in Winnipeg, where playing cello in the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra sparked an interest in orchestral playing. Elaine holds a Bachelor degree in cello performance from Queen's (with Robert Dodson and the Vaghy Quartet) and a Masters degree in Cello Performance from UWO (with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi) and is an alumna of the NYO and many Masterclasses and quartet sessions at the Banff Centre.

An avid chamber musician, she also enjoys swimming, yoga and literature. Elaine and husband Norm have four adult children: Alex and Rory began their studies with Etobicoke Suzuki Music and now play viola professionally. Daughter Brynne is a mezzo-soprano currently living in Europe. Cameron is studying at Queen's.