At Etobicoke Suzuki Music, we offer a Core Instrumental Program for violin, viola and cello students. All ESM
students receive one private lesson and one group class every week. The Core Program also
includes two annual concerts, multiple solo recitals, Book Recitals when appropriate, and an
annual full-day workshop.
Private Lessons run for 36 weeks each year, from September to June. Lessons are held at various
locations in Etobicoke and West Toronto, including PLAST. The lesson day, time, and length are set by mutual
agreement between the parent and studio teacher.
2020-2021: Private lessons are being taught online.
ESM private lessons are taught by ESM's violin, viola, and cello faculty.
Group classes for ESM students vary according to student level.
In addition to instrumental classes, younger students also attend Music & Movement classes. See below for
Classes for older students include instruction in reading skills and ensemble playing. Senior students may
receive chamber music coachings as part of their group experience.
ESM group classes run from September through November, and January through April. They are scheduled on
Mondays during late afternoon and evening.
Location: PLAST Huculak Centre, 516 The Kingsway (at Kipling Ave, parking in rear of building).
2020-2021: Group classes are being held online.
ESM group classes are taught by ESM's violin, viola, and cello faculty.
Music & Movement Classes
These classes are part of the group class experience for our youngest Core Program students. The children
have a half-hour instrumental group class plus a half-hour Music & Movement class. The Music & Movement
classes provide a setting for the children to learn various skills including singing, feeling rhythms with
their bodies, and group participation.
Parent Ed classes are for the parents of beginner students. These occur during the children's
half-hour Music & Movement classes. The topics provide valuable information for new Suzuki parents, as well
as motivation and moral support.
The "Suzuki Triangle" (child-teacher-parent) emphasizes active parental involvement in their child's
musical education. It also emphasizes a strong, healthy relationship between the parent and teacher. ESM
Parent-Teacher meetings take place each year during a scheduled week, at the student's lesson time. The
meetings are prefaced by a questionnaire sent to each parent, to be completed and returned beforehand.
Students should not attend the meeting and should instead stay at home. The exception is for teen and
senior-level students. These students will receive their own questionnaire and will have the opportunity to
sit down with their studio teacher, as will their parent.
All ESM students are eligible to participate in the annual all-day Workshop, featuring guest teachers and a
variety of activities. The Workshop is intended as a motivating experience for students, parents, and teachers
alike. The experience of working with excellent guest teachers, as well as having a special event for which to
prepare, generates excitement and enthusiasm amongst the students.
All students receive a group class, an enrichment class, and a group "play-in". There are also extra
activities such as crafts, a video, and a motivational Parent Talk.
Students have the option to register for a semi-private lesson with one of the guest teachers.
The basic Workshop fee is included in ESM tuition. Semi-private lessons have a small additional fee. Please
note that all ESM students wishing to participate in the Workshop must register for the Workshop;
attendance is not assumed. Occasionally ESM opens the Workshop to non-ESM students, depending on the
availability of openings.
Two school-wide concerts are held each year: one in late fall and one in spring. These provide all the students
(including the beginner students) with an opportunity to play as part of a large group and to demonstrate what
they have learned. These concerts are held in the lovely Concert Hall at PLAST, giving the students a chance to
play on a "big" stage.
Performance is an important aspect of musical development. Performance skills and the discipline
of detailed preparation are also applicable to other life areas. Our goal is for students to achieve
personal excellence within a nurturing, positive, non-competitive environment. Solo recitals are scheduled
throughout the year. All students are requested to perform in the year-end June recitals.
Book Recitals are scheduled four or five times each year. These are for students who have completed a specific
level of their studies. Students typically perform three pieces from the Suzuki book that they have completed.
This is our way of celebrating the continued progress and achievement of each student.
Our Enrichment Program aims to round out the musical experience of our Core Program students.
Click here for information about our Enrichment Program.
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