Students of all ages receive individual lessons and participate in a variety of activities with peers, including group classes, orchestras, workshops and summer institutes. We celebrate progress through recitals as well as optional Royal Conservatory of Music exams.
The Suzuki Approach is based on the idea that every student can develop a high level of musical skill. Listening, repetition, encouragement and parent involvement are important aspects of the learning environment. To learn more, visit the Suzuki Association of the Americas website
The violinist and teacher Shinichi Suzuki believed in "educating a really beautiful human spirit." Music lessons can nurture character, creativity and a deep appreciation of the arts. Through music, we can connect with others to build a better world.
Ellen Kogut is based in Montreal, Canada and has fourteen years of experience teaching Suzuki violin. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) and is completing a doctorate in violin performance at l’Université de Montréal. She holds Master’s degrees in Suzuki Pedagogy from Ithaca College and in Violin Performance from McGill University, and is a recipient of the SAA’s Certificate of Achievement, as well as Teacher Certificates of Recognition from the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM). An active member and past president of Suzuki Musique Montréal, Ellen is also certified as an Advanced Specialist in Violin through the RCM. She has taught at Suzuki programs, institutes and workshops in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. In addition, she has taught violin at Cornell University and has been a contributor of repertoire guides for the RCM’s Teacher Certification program. She is interested in the connection between yoga and string playing and has recently registered yoga teacher training with the Yoga Alliance. Ellen began teacher training as a university student and continues to be inspired by Shinichi Suzuki’s vision of education.