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Violin Lessons

These are a popular choice for children as violins are the smallest instrument in the strings family. Not only are the student’s coordination and fine motor skills enhanced, but they are also trained to keep good posture.

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NTIM Instructors

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 […]

Daphné Bourbonnais

Daphné Bourbonnais

Born in Rimouski (Québec), Daphné completed her master’s degree with distinction (2020) at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, where she also obtained a Chamber Music Diploma (2019). She recently graduated from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory (Toronto), completing the Artist Diploma Program (2023) under the tutelage of Erika Raum. Throughout the […]

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


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