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Celebrating our 25th season of certified instruction in violin, viola and cello for children ages 3.5 and up! Tuesday afternoon/evening classes January 10 - June 13. New this season – Adult string ensemble classes. Our 8th Suzuki Summer Music Camp will run July 3-7, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Member: Suzuki Association of the Americas, Suzuki Association of Ontario.

Info - Gretchen Paxson-Abberger, Artistic Director, MNjcc Suzuki Program; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Suzuki 2016-17 Registration Form
Suzuki 2016-17 Class Calendar & Special Events
Adult String Ensembles - 2016-17 Class Calendar
Suzuki 2016-17 Class Descriptions

Our Suzuki program offers a friendly community and supportive atmosphere of weekly Suzuki violin & cello group classes (Beginner – Book 8, and beyond) partnered with level and age appropriate enrichment classes consisting of note reading ensembles, theory and/or musicianship, and ukulele classes. Advanced Book 5 and beyond students participate in chamber music ensembles. All classes take place on Tuesday late afternoon through early evening. As well, all students are required to take one weekly private lesson, either at the MNjcc (if time and space permit), or at the home of the private teacher.

Our students range in age from 3 ½ to 18 years. Each student moves through the book levels at their own speed. The Suzuki talent education method is based on a non-competitive approach, therefore our private and group teachers are very careful to tailor the classes and home practice assignments to fit each child’s abilities and temperament.

Our season is divided into 3 terms (30 weeks) of Tuesday classes starting at 4:30 pm. During each term students will be featured in varied special events (solo recitals, graduation recitals, community concerts, ensemble recitals, and/or large Suzuki group concerts). We have a strong and creative team of 15 violin, cello, ukulele, musicianship, theory, reading ensemble, and chamber music teachers. All of our Suzuki teachers are accredited and registered through the Suzuki Association of the Americas (the SAA). The program is also a member of the Suzuki Association of Ontario (SAO). You may read about the individual teachers on our website.

Our Suzuki Summer Music Camp – Many of us are still feeling inspired, and energized from all that happened during our time together at our 7th MNjcc Suzuki Summer Music Camp this past July 4-8! Some highlights from our camp week together include one of our graduates, Arie Van de Ven, who taught a Klezmer class, as well, Cheryl Reid taught our ukulele and drumming classes. Special guest violin teacher, Julia McFarlane from Etobicoke Suzuki Music worked her artistry with all levels of violinists, Clayton Scott took us all away on an adventure, as always with her Music through the Ages, and Perform with Pizzazz and Poise.

Looking forward to our upcoming 25th season, we will be assembling an MNjcc Suzuki Program performance group, (consisting of Book 2– 8 students) planning for a collaboration with other students from New York State, and across the province of Ontario with a performance in November at the 2016 Suzuki Association of Ontario Conference in Ottawa. We will also participate in community events connected with the MNjcc’s Chanukah celebrations and spring time fundraising events. As well, our advanced teens will participate in Thanks to Dr. Suzuki, a collaborative concert within the greater GTA community of Suzuki schools. Melanie Doane and Lisa Olafson will be offering ukulele classes to beginner through intermediate levels. We reluctantly say goodbye, and wish all the best to Jane Quinn, who taught chamber music and violin group classes for us for the past 3 seasons, and we welcome back Jennifer Burford from maternity leave. Tova Rosenberg will teach her two Pre-Suzuki classes - “Do Re ... Me!” in the room 105 on Tuesday afternoons from 3:40 – 4:25, and 4:30 – 5:15. Tova’s classes are open to all Suzuki program younger siblings. Please register for these classes at the info desk.

** New for the 2016-17 season Tova will be offering a “Family Do, Re ... Me! Class” on Sundays from 10:00-10:45 am.

** New for the 2016-17 season our Suzuki program will be offering Adult String Ensemble Classes: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.

For more information and details on either of these new listings, and all other classes listed, please contact Gretchen Paxson Abberger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We also offer brief class descriptions which you can find on the website.

Guest artists and educational concerts - Each season a guest ensemble and/or performer has been invited to perform for our program. This spring our advanced chamber music ensembles were coached by Spanish opera singer, and conductor, Alvaro Lozano, artist in residence at the MNjcc from February – April. As a finale to his residency, Alvaro performed an aria from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, accompanied by the Suzuki faculty during our “education concert,” On this concert we also featured our own – Melanie Doane, Maya Chilton, Rebecca Sancton-Ashworth, CT Lo, and some of our advanced students as well. We plan to present a similar event in spring 2017.

MNjcc Music Scholarship and Innovation Fund – our mandate is to help make innovative and dynamic music programs accessible to all, regardless of financial status or circumstances, for financial assistance towards our regular Suzuki year round program and for our summer music camp tuition. For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Donations toward this fund are gladly accepted at any time. You may do this at the MNjcc Info desk, or make your gift online.

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Gymnasium closure
Thurs. June 29, 6:00 pm to
Mon. July 3, 12:00 pm


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