Heart-Strings: Newmarket Violin Studio

Susan Beth Barak, BA (Hons), MEd

Ontario Registered Music Teacher for violin and viola: Registered Suzuki and RCM certified


A proud Canadian since 2002, Susan Beth Barak grew up in proximity to New York City and was privileged to study violin and viola with many illustrious American teachers. She has performed internationally with a wide variety of orchestras and chamber groups and is a frequent soloist in York Region, Ontario. A founding member of the York Chamber Ensemble, she led the organization of YCE’s inaugural Annual Youth Concert in 2004, and the Baroque for Belinda fundraiser for Belinda’s Place [York Region’s first dedicated women’s shelter] in 2012. In addition to private lessons, Susan has taught groups in educational settings from pre-schools through university, and adult programs in the Toronto and York Region District School Boards.

Suzuki Teacher Training includes:

Suzuki Principles in Action with Gail Lange in Ottawa, Ontario 

Violin Book 1 with Edward Kreitman in Los Angeles (LASI)

Violin Books 2 & 3 with Joanne Melvin in Chicago (CSI)

Violin Book 4 with Paule Barsalou at Southwest Ontario Suzuki Institute (SOSI)

Violin Book 5 with Margot Jewell in Montreal (ISM)

Violin Book 6 with Liz Arbus in Los Angeles (LASI)

Violin Books 7, 8, 9 & 10 with Ann Montzka Smelser in Chicago (CSI)

Revisiting Book 1 with the Viola in Mind with Rolando Freitag, SOSI

Viola Book 7 with William Preucil, Sr. in Chicago (CSI)

Violin Practicum Unit with Paule Barsalou in Montreal (ISM)

Enrichment Courses:

Viola Technique and Pedagogy with Julia Hardie, SOSI

Working with Parents with Sarah Bylander Montzka at LASI

Beyond the Suzuki Repertoire with Brain Lewis at SOSI