The Expanded Suzuki Triangle: Nurturing the Student within the Community

This is a video response to a parent who asked, “Why bother with an institute?” We tried to go back to the basic principles of Suzuki philosophy to explain how events like institutes, group classes, and conference opportunities provide the bridge between the individual lesson and sharing the expressive power of music with a larger community.

Video by Kathleen Schoen, Thomas Wm Schoen

Kathleen Schoen

A native of Dunham, QC, Paule Barsalou holds a B.A. in Music Performance from Laval University (P.Q.) and an M.A. in Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music (OH). Her main teachers and mentors have been Michele Higa George, Daphne Hughes, David Cerone, Kathleen Winkler and Gyorgy Terebesi. Ms. Barsalou is a Suzuki teacher trainer approved by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Since 1989 she has been teaching at the Suzuki String School of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario and is now the artistic director of the school. She is a guest teacher at institutes and workshops and adjudicates at music festivals throughout Canada. She is principal second violin of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra and occasionally performs chamber music recitals. Ms. Barsalou is a former director of the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute held every August at Wilfrid Laurier University in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario. She lives in Guelph with her husband, pianist Ken Gee.

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Thomas Wm Schoen

Thomas Schoen (B. Mus U.B.C) teaches students of all ages and levels from Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes for parents and children (0-3 yrs), to violin and viola students from 4 to adult. Teaching positions include Augustana Faculty of U. of A., Society for Talent Education in Edmonton, and privately in his home studio.  Mr. Schoen is director of the Alberta Suzuki Summer Institute in Edmonton AB.

Residing in Edmonton, Alberta, Thomas enjoys a busy and varied performing career performing on both modern and baroque violins. He has subbed frequently with the Edmonton Symphony and has performed professionally with orchestras across Canada. He performs regularly throughout Canada with the Schoen Duo, who have been broadcast on the CBC.

Thomas has received a Certificate of Achievement from the Suzuki Association of the Americas (2017) and a Teacher of Distinction award from the Royal Conservatory of Music (2018) in recognition of his teaching.

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