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Lorraine Dargavel, B.Mus.

Lorraine Dargavel is a dedicated violin and viola teacher with more than twenty-five years of Suzuki teaching experience. Her credentials include an Honour Bachelor of Music and Suzuki certificates. She remains current in best practices through professional readings and conferences. Lorraine’s professional playing career includes the Thunder Bay Symphony, Te Deum Orchestra, Niagara Symphony and Quattro quartet.

Lorraine conveys her passion for music as she teaches and encourages students from toddler through adult in both individual and group instruction. In collaboration with parents, she brings out each student’s musical ability through detailed instruction for home practice and performances. Lorraine clearly expresses her expectations of students in order for them to achieve their potential. She believes that music is not only for enjoyment but for the development of lifelong skills. In addition, she knows that sometimes students can be the best teachers.

Lorraine’s skills are not just limited to teaching….. Look for her legendary baked goods at the next HSSM fundraiser!!!

Helen Tobias, B. Mus, BSW, MSW, RSW

Helen Tobias is a founding member of the Hamilton Suzuki School of Music. She has many years of experience with students of all ages, levels and abilities. She is a caring and understanding teacher. Helen is a well trained Suzuki teacher with experience in private and group teaching as well as orchestra conducting. She is an excellent musician and has played with many music groups including The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Te Deum Orchestra and the Mozart Chamber Group.

Anne Marie Vallentyne

Anne Marie Vallentyne started violin lessons at the Winnipeg Suzuki School in Manitoba when she was 3 years of age. She continued her Suzuki studies in Ontario with Denise Williams at the Kingston Suzuki School, Mrs Langley at the Ottawa Suzuki School, the Royal Hamilton College of Music [Hamilton Philharmonic Children] and the Hamilton Suzuki School of Music. Throughout her musical career she has also studied with Mikhail Brat, Margot Jewell, Helen Tobias, Karen Zafer and Martin Beaver. She received her Suzuki specialized training through summer Institutes at: Buffalo University with Mary Kay Neal; Guelph University with Daphne Hughes; Columbus Ohio Capital University with Linda and Roger Steig and McGill University with Michelle George. She has played in Symphony Hamilton as well as performed in chamber music and quartets concerts and gigs.

Allison Cooke, B. Mus. Hons.

Allison Cooke began Suzuki cello lessons at the age of five with Jo-Anne Goyder. Inspired by her own Suzuki experience as a student, she decided that she wanted to become a Suzuki teacher by the age of 8. She graduated with an Honours Bachelors of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2012, where she studied with Paul Pulford, Simon Fryer, and members of the world-renowned Penderecki String Quartet.

Allison has studied Suzuki pedagogy for Books 1 through 3 under Sally Gross and Catherine Walker, and has taken supplemental instruction in teaching Suzuki group classes with Carey Beth-Hocket. She is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is continuing her education in the Suzuki Method through training courses offered at Suzuki Institutes.

She is an active performer as a soloist at various community venues throughout the Guelph/Kitchener-Waterloo Area, and as a member of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra under Sabbatino Vacca.

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