I'm a violinist in the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra with over 20 years of teaching experience. Adult learners are welcome!

My current students are an inspiring and inquisitive group of people ranging in age from 5 to older adults. They are truly fabulous individuals who never fail to present me with new challenges...and vice versa.
In the past, I experienced performance-related injuries and sought out treatment and information. I am currently studying Body Mapping with Andover Educator Jennifer Johnson. Brief talks about anatomy may find their way into your lesson! Knowing how your body is designed can help you refine your movements and improve your playing.
I emphasize understanding of phrasing and try to introduce an awareness of this even at a beginner level. I enjoy guiding students towards the creation of an engaging interpretation of their piece or excerpt.
As well as teaching privately, I am a violin coach for the Regional Strings Program at Port Credit Secondary School and the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. I have also coached for the Halton Mississauga Youth Orchestra (fomerly the Mississauga Youth orchestra), and the Durham Youth Orchestra.
I obtained a Master's degree in Music Performance from the Aaron Copland School (City University of New York, Queens College) and a Performance Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Experience & Education

  • Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra 2002 – Present
    Violinist
  • City University of New York, Queens College 2008 – 2010
    Master's Degree in Performance
    Studied with Burton Kaplan
  • Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto 1998 – 2002
    Performance Diploma
    Studied with Erika Raum and Annalee Patipatanakoon
  • Young Artists Performance Academy of the RCM (now Taylor Academy) 1995 – 1998
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Susan Cannon November

I am a senior citizen, who began violin lessons 5 years ago and am now in Grade Six Conservatory. My wonderful teacher moved on to get her doctorate in September and highly recommended Suhashini. I have been with her since and I am really appreciating her method of teaching violin. She has knowledge of body dynamics and body mapping and has been able to help me understand my body in space. With practice and adjustments, I am noticing a difference. Suhashini is an experienced teacher and an active performance artist, so I benefit from both. She will play duets with me and play with me as I play, so I can hear the differences between us. She is engaging, knowledgeable and direct in her feedback which is kindly given. I am happy to have her in my life, so I can continue with my music.

Norman Mah November

Suhashini was our violin teacher for our two children, ages 5 and 13. We found her to be an extremely talented, knowledgeable, and patient teacher. Suhashini is an experienced teacher and focuses on proper form while making the lessons enjoyable. She tailors the lessons according to the needs and age of the student. We have nothing but high praise for Suhashini and would not hesitate to recommend her as a violin teacher for you or your children!

Jeannie Palmer November

I am an adult student studying violin with Suhashini. Both of my sons studied classical guitar with renowned pedagog Eli Kassner so I know the critical importance of a teacher who understands and emphasizes proper technique and who can also inspire. With so many teachers to choose from, Suhashini stood out as exceptional. She is very knowledgeable in kinesthetics specific to approaching the violin and can individualize adjustments for best possible outcomes. She tailors lessons according to student (my) personal progress and needs while introducing fun as well as academic and required elements so students actually improve and make significant breakthroughs which is very motivating.

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