Mrs. Marguerite Jayasimha

Violin, Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher

Marguerite Jayasimha

SAA Member


San Diego, CA
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Marguerite recently returned to San Diego after living in Singapore and the San Francisco Bay Area the past many years. While in San Francisco, Marguerite was the Director of the Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford University and the director of the Bay Area Suzuki School of Music. Marguerite also taught strings in the Mountain View school District at the elementary and middle school level. She enjoyed developing viola and cello skills and working with students of all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds truly bringing to life Dr. Suzuki’s vision that “Every Child Can!”. Marguerite is excited to return to San Diego where she co-founded and served as a director of the San Diego Suzuki School of Music ( She has returned to the San Diego Suzuki School team and is a member of the San Diego Suzuki Institute administration and faculty.

Marguerite began her training as a violinist at age five, developing a lifelong love of music. She is a trained Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher and Suzuki Violin Teacher. Marguerite also has training and experience in Kodaly and Music Mind Games. Marguerite performed with the La Jolla Symphony, Redwood Symphony and numerous string quartets. She developed a love of Indian classical music and plays East/West fusion with her husband, an accomplished Tabla player. During her two-year stay in Singapore in between San Diego and the Bay Area, Marguerite taught children from many different countries and backgrounds and enjoyed being a student herself, learning the Sitar! She was an active member of the International Women’s Choir of Singapore singing, playing violin and serving as a substitute director.

Marguerite loves meeting and collaborating with other Suzuki teachers. She attended the 2013 Suzuki World Convention in Matsumoto, Japan, the birthplace of the Suzuki Method.  She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and served on the board of the Suzuki Music Association of California, San Diego Branch and Northern California Branch.