Etobicoke Suzuki Music

At ESM 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

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.

Group Classes

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 details.

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).

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 Education

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. See also the "Beginner Families" webpage for more information.

School-Wide Concerts

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.

Solo Recitals

Solo recitals are held during two Sundays in late May and/or early June. There are typically 3 or 4 recitals each day, with approximately fifteen to twenty students in each. Every student works with their studio teacher to prepare their selection to a high performance level.

Book 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.

ESM Workshop

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.