The Suzuki Program

    a group of kids playing the violin on stage

    About our 2020-21 MNjcc Suzuki Program
    The MNjcc Suzuki Program (formerly the Bloor jcc Suzuki Program) was started in 1992 by May Ing-Ruehle and Louise Hanly. We are proud that 2020-21 will mark our 29th season with the auspicious start-up date of September 29th! Gretchen Paxson-Abberger has been the artistic director of 90 plus students since 1999. For the past 11 years we have also offered a 5-day summer music and arts day camp in July, with a roster of well-known guest artists, and our talented MNjcc Suzuki teachers.

    About Dr. Shin-ichi Suzuki
    Dr. Suzuki believed that talent was not inborn but could be nurtured starting at a very young age in a nurturing environment. “We were all born with a high potential, and if we try hard, we can all become superior human beings and acquire talent and ability.” Suzuki believed that if all children of the world could develop beautiful hearts and minds through the study of music that perhaps we might have world peace.

    Our students range in age from 3.5 to 18 years. Each student moves through the book levels at their own speed. 

    For the 2020-21 season our program will offer a slightly altered roster of classes and enrichment offerings, tailored for virtual learning for fall and winter terms. We will offer as well, Tuesday morning virtual Suzuki Early Childhood Music classes (for infants to 4 years). This class will be taught by Kate Shaner. MNjcc Suzuki Program students will receive:

    ● A friendly music community and supportive atmosphere
    ● Weekly violin and cello group classes
    ● Weekly private lessons (scheduled directly with the private teacher)
    ● Choice of 1 or 2 Enrichment classes per term (please refer to our class descriptions document)
    ● Chamber Music Ensembles (for advance book 5 students)
    ● Guest ensemble or performer to work with students and families
    ● Performances scheduled during each term (solo recitals, graduation recitals).
    ● Community Outreach Performances (Remembrance Day, Chanukah celebrations, fundraising events, and seniors’ residence performances)


    ● Think about whether or not your child is ready to start an instrument. Be aware of the time commitment for you, the parent as a “home teacher,” and practice time helper.
    ● If you are not sure your child is quite ready and may not yet have the focus required to learn an instrument, you may wish to consider registering for our Suzuki Early Childhood Music classes for ages infant – 4 years.
    ● Attend one of our two Virtual Parent Information Evenings throughout the year, for new families: Tuesday September 22, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm and Tuesday February 16, 2021 7:00 – 8:00 pm. These info meetings will be scheduled on Zoom.
    ● Choose an instrument: violin, viola, cello. If you are not sure which instrument your child is interested in, you may find out during the observation process.
    ● You are required to come observe with your child, for at least 1 group lesson, and 2 private lessons. Observations help you and the teacher know whether your child is ready to start lessons. Observations also help parents begin to understand their role as a “home teacher.” For teachers’ private lesson schedules, and group lesson schedules, please contact: Gretchen Paxson-Abberger (Artistic Director, MNjcc Suzuki Program) email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 647-637-1530
    ● Read Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki.
    ● Start listening to the Volume I Suzuki CD of the pieces your child will be learning.

    This fall we are offering:
    -Tuesday Group (option to include Enrichment Classes)
    -Early Childhood Music Classes
    -Adult Mixed Strings Group Class
    -Adult Fiddling Class 

    Enrichment Class Descriptions and Fall Calendar 2020-2021
    2020-21 Suzuki Program class descriptions
    Virtual Suzuki Early Childhood class description
    MNjcc Suzuki Program Teacher Bios – 2020-2021 Season




    Fees and Registration Information  

    Payment is processed from a VISA or MasterCard, or debit from a cheque account. Group class payment is through the MNjcc, and is separate from the private lesson payment. Registration is online this season and you can register below.

    Registration opens Sep 1, 2020.


    Violin Beginner to Book 8 - $795 for the year or $265 per term.

    Cello Beginner to Book 6 - $795 for the year or $265 per term.

    Chamber Music - $795 for the year or $265 per term.

    ***Sibling Discount for the above classes - $750 for the year or $250 per term***


    Additional Enrichment Class - $495 for the year or $165 per term

    ***Sibling Discount - $450 for the year or $150 per term***



    Registration Fee (per family) - $10 per term

    Parent Association Fee (per family) - $10 per term

    An annual fee used to subsidize special events, guest accompanists, workshop teachers, guest performing artists and coaches.

    Facility fee for private lessons at the MNjcc - $210 (will not pertain to this season)

    Additional Fees (paid separately from registration): A possible $25 materials fee for theory class books





    Contact & Info

    750 Spadina Ave. (at Bloor), Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J2

    Phone: 416.924.6211
    Fax: 416.924.0422

    Charitable Registration Number:
    140344243 RR0001