Douglas Murphy

Bass Teacher

Douglas Murphy

SAA Member


Ottawa, ON
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Douglas (Doug) Murphy (B.Sc.) lives in Ottawa, Ontario, and is a bassist and father of three Suzuki trained musicians (violin, viola and cello). His wife Marie Kusters has been a Suzuki violin teacher since 1986. He has led the bass sections of many orchestras for over 40 years, and has also directed choirs. He has recently retired from a career as a civil engineer, and he is a promoter of the life-long benefits that music education can have in all facets of mental and physical development.

Doug has played with Suzuki ensembles since 1986 with his wife’s violin studio, and since 1990 in Suzuki Association of Ontario ensembles and at summer Institutes. He has been orchestral assistant and bassist for the South Ontario Suzuki Institute since 2002. His formal teacher training in the Suzuki Bass Method began in the fall of 2013 and he has been teaching since 2014. He is fully fluent in French and English.

Doug teaches private lessons and holds group classes from his home studio in Ottawa.