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Viola Lessons


The viola is also known as a larger violin or a smaller cello. The students shall enjoy learning this unique instrument while receiving the benefit of reading both violin and cello sheet music.

Learn to play viola

NTIM Instructors

Jane Woods

Jane Woods

Jane graduated from University of Toronto with a Bachelors degree in music performance. Since then she has worked as a freelance violinist with various classical and pop ensembles from string quartets to Canadian Idol, and has taught students young and old. Jane grew up in a musical household where she was surrounded by the great […]

Valerie Sylvester

Valerie Sylvester

Valerie Sylvester received her Master’s Degree in violin performance from the Mannes School of Music in New York after completing undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. She revels in an eclectic musical career, playing not only classical and modern violin, but also Baroque violin, viola, and bass viola da gamba. Valerie is concertmaster of […]

Sheila Smyth

Sheila Smyth is a busy performer with many ensembles, both Baroque and modern, on violin, viola, and treble viola da gamba. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from the University of Toronto. Sheila has performed with many early music ensembles in and around Toronto, including Tafelmusik, Aradia and Musicians in Ordinary, and […]

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Jesse began studying violin with Sheila nearly 5 years ago, and has made steady progress from day 1. Sheila is flexible with her teaching style and is positive, patient and understanding. She challenges him, and always provides good guidance and advice. Jesse greatly appreciates that she asks him for his opinion about both his playing and repertoire, helping him develop his ear, self-confidence, and engagement in his learning. The school’s twice-yearly recitals provide us with the opportunity to perform together (with me accompanying him) – a special experience for us both.

Karen Elkin

Parent


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