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Kathleen or Thomas Schoen

Short Term Courses

Short courses are included as part of the hybrid studio package for all Schoen Duo Studio students.


These often take the form of a series of weekly classes based on a specific theme or topic, with a performance at the end of the session:

  • Canadian Music – in October and November, ending with performance at Contemporary Showcase
  • Baroque Music – in February and March, ending with a performance as part of Bach in the Subways

Hybrid courses incorporate a combination of in-person and on-line offerings

The summer course is one week of daily lessons and classes, including Suzuki teacher training courses, at the Borealis Suzuki Institute.


We are also developing an on-line “how to play by ear” course designed for adult learners. But even the on-line courses receive access to our Open Studios for real-time face to face assistance .

Lessons at the Schoen Duo Studio

In our hybrid studio, we offer a “menu” of individual and group formats for learning flute, violin, recorder, or viola. There is also an early childhood education class for very young beginners who have yet to choose their instrument.

Students progress at their own pace.

Opportunities are presented at every level. Everyone, even the beginners, can participate in concerts, group lessons and ensembles in a way that is appropriate, engaging, and empowering. We nurture our student community and have our in-studio and on-line students engage with each other.

We play by ear, read music, and improvise, both individually and in groups.

Our on-line resources allow students to practice their group playing skills on their own in between group sessions.

Our lessons are whole-body experiences:

  • You use your body: listen, feel and move
  • You use your mind: think, analyze, and anticipate
  • You use your emotions: self-expression is our goal at all levels

If you want to prepare for festivals and examinations, we will help you. We will let you know when you are at a stage where these experiences can enrich your learning. Our students who do participate do very well at these events, but they are entirely optional. Working for grades or placing yourself in competitive situations is not for everyone, and we offer many other ways to mark your progress.