The Kitchener-Waterloo Community String School (KWCSS) is a vibrant and caring community of teachers, students and families. Teachers Chloe Giannopoulos (violin), Martha Kalyniak (violin & viola), Chris Sharpe (cello), Bruce Skelton (violin teacher and program director) and accompanist Beth Ann de Sousa, have dedicated their lives to music and to the art of teaching. Established in 1997, this program features private and group lessons, concerts, recitals, parent meetings, parent’s orchestra, fiddle & pop music classes, a performance ensemble and performances/workshops by guest artists. The current membership includes students from age 4 to 17, beginners to advanced students. The KWCSS operates as a Non-Profit Organization.
Our teachers provide lessons in a nurturing environment according to the philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Along with Dr. Suzuki’s approach to teaching, each teacher brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program which they share eagerly with their students. Repertoire taught begins with simple folk songs and branches out to include that of the masters of the baroque, classical and romantic eras found in the Suzuki repertoire books and CD’s. As well, the teachers draw from the repertoire found in the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) and many other sources, as well as fiddle, pop, jazz and modern music keeping the attention of the students keen. If so desired, students may prepare for and take the exams for the RCM as development of technique is key to the success of this program. The students of the string school prepare solo music and also perform in ensembles, making for a well-rounded approach to learning and performing.
Over the past 16 years, our students, teachers and parents have made
lasting friendships and our students have learned valuable life skills which
they can take with them anywhere they may go in whatever field they may choose to pursue.
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