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    Nancy Lokan holding two violinsNancy Lokan, violin teacher in the MNjcc Suzuki Program

    Many years ago, while a music student at the University of Toronto, I had the opportunity to attend a Suzuki concert where Dr. Shinichi Suzuki himself was the special guest. I knew nothing about his talent education method at the time, but my interest was piqued.

    After I graduated from university, I joined the Canadian Forces String Ensemble based in Ottawa where I grew up. I was lucky enough to play for several Royal Family members, amongst others. I left the military when I was pregnant with my second child. We moved to Toronto and then Melbourne, Australia where my youngest was born.

    When we returned to Toronto my daughter’s violin teacher suggested she attend a Suzuki summer camp. I hadn’t really considered enrolling my older son, but I sent him along as well. Form his experience there, he told me he loved “playing the violin in a group” and wanted “the week to go on forever.” Those are strong and powerful words from a six-year-old and this inspired me to start my own studies in the method.

    Fast forward a couple of years, and ultimately all three of my children joined the MNjcc Suzuki program. I am a strong believer in having a nurturing community for kids and this is exactly how Gretchen Paxson Abberger has developed our program. My youngest son once told me that he thought of the Suzuki program as “family.” All three of my children ended up studying music past high school and the two eldest are now teaching in our program as well. I am very grateful to have something so precious to share with them.

    This summer my five-year-old grandson Caleb joined us in our Suzuki summer camp. I truly think that he believes everyone in the world can play the violin. For the past 15 years I consider myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with all of the amazing young people I have met through the Suzuki program.



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