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Information Payment is processed by Visa/MasterCard, or debit account.

Group class payment is through the MNjcc and is separate from the private lesson payment. Registration will be online and paid per 10-week term.


We offer three options for registration. Parents should consult with their private teacher regarding the best choice for their child:

  1. Violin & Cello Beginner to Book 8 – $370 per term (includes 1 group class and 1 enrichment class).

  2. Enrichment Class ONLY – $185 per term (choice of 1 class)

  3. Group Class ONLY – $185 per term (choice of 1 class)

Sibling Discount - 10% (for each child)

Possible additional fees:

Facility fee - pertains to families taking private lessons at the MNjcc - $75 per term. After confirming with your private teacher of room availability, you can pay this fee when registering for classes.

Financial Assistance

Our mandate is to help make innovative and dynamic music programs accessible to all, regardless of financial status or circumstances. Our Equitable Access Program and Music Innovation Fund provide financial assistance towards our music programs and choirs. To apply please click here.


For a list of teachers, private lesson schedules, and group lesson schedules, please contact:


Gretchen Paxson-Abberger

Artistic Director, MNjcc Suzuki Program / 647-637-1530


Kate Shaner

Associate Artistic Director, 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 2023-24 will mark our 32nd season. Gretchen Paxson-Abberger has been the Artistic Director of 90-plus students since 1999, and is delighted to welcome Kate Shaner as Associate Artistic Director for the 2023-24 season and onward.

Our Suzuki students generally range in age from 3.5 to 18 years. The ECE program is from 0-4, our core instrumental is from 3.5-18, and then we have adult music programs from 18+. Our program is non-competitive, and each student moves through the books and levels at their own speed. 

All MNjcc Suzuki Program students will receive:

  • a nurturing music community with a supportive, non-competitive and fun learning environment;

  • weekly violin, viola and cello group classes (level appropriate). 

  • weekly private lessons (scheduled directly with the private teacher), usually taught at the home studio of the teacher. 

  • choice of one enrichment class per term (please refer to our class descriptions document). 

  • chamber music ensemble participation (for students in Book 5 and beyond). 

  • guest ensembles and/or performers to work with students and families

  • performance opportunities at the end of each term (solo recitals, enrichment class recitals, graduation recitals). 

  • community outreach performance opportunities

Please click here our 2024 Suzuki faculty bios! Please click here for our 2024 Suzuki FAQs! 

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Fees and Registration


Suzuki Music Program - Tuesdays, Sep 25 - June 24, 4:30-6:30 pm

Join us for our 33rd year of Suzuki Music at the JCC. Violin, Viola, Cello & NEW: Suzuki Guitar. Email Kate Shaner, Artistic Director, Suzuki Music Program at for more info.

Suzuki Program


Special Events


Stay tuned for upcoming special events!



Suzuki Early Child Education Music Classes

Join us for Suzuki Early Childhood Music Classes at the JCC! The fall term classes will run for eight (8) weeks each. Please email Kate shaner at for more info.

Available dates and times:

Thursdays, beginning Sept 26, 9:15-10 am (0-4 years old)

Sundays, beginning Sept 29, 11:15 am-12 pm (0-4 years old)

Tuesdays, beginning Oct 1, 4:30-5:15 pm (3-5 years old)

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