The Borealis Suzuki Winds Institute (BSWI) is the the summer component of the Edmonton Suzuki Flute & Recorder Society program. The Institute is included at no extra charge for students registered in the ESFRS program. Suzuki flute and recorder students from outside the ESFRS program are also welcome to participate in the Institute.


The 2017  Institute will be held August 18 – 24, 2017. 

There are a number of events which are open to the general public – you do not have to be registered as an Institute participant to attend the concerts and special presentations.


Flutist David Gerry maintains a busy schedule as a teacher, performer and clinician. David holds his Ph.D. in music cognition from the School of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University where he works with Dr. Laurel Trainor at the  McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind. He also holds a M.Mus and B.Mus.Perf. from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and an ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music, which also awarded him the gold medal in flute. Dr. Gerry is also a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan, where he studied with Shinichi Suzuki and Toshio Takahashi.

Dr. Gerry has performed and taught all over the world. For many years he was the music specialist at Trail Ridge Montessori School in Grimsby, Ontario. A registered Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the European Suzuki Association, David is currently Assistant Professor of Music Education at the School of the Arts, McMaster University. David also directs the Great Lakes Flute Centre. With Dr. Laurel Trainor, David is the recipient of a 2008 award from the Grammy Foundation for excellence in the scientific study of music. He was the recipient of the 2014 “Excellence in Teaching” Award for the Humanities from the McMaster University Students’ Union.


  • Session 1 – August 18 – 21, 2017:  Schoen Duo Studio
    • 8937 79 Ave, Edmonton
  • Session 2 – August 21 – 24, 2017: U of A, Faculty Saint-Jean
    • 8406, rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 Street)


  • Monday Aug 21- student soloists and groups
  • Wednesday Aug. 23  – teachers perform
  • Thursday Aug 24  – student soloists and groups


Nature? Nurture? Teacher? – Understanding Musical Development in Infants and Children

  • A Workshop for Teachers with Dr. David Gerry of McMaster University
  • Thursday August 17,  2017: 1 – 5 pm
  • Room 409 (Stollery Hall), Alberta College campus, McEwan University,
  • 10050 MacDonald Dr NW Edmonton

Learning the elements of music is a complex process. In this workshop we will explore the power of enculturation (what you experience growing up), what seems to be “built in” to our brains and what elements need formal instruction. Dr. Gerry will outline what we now understand about how our brains process rhythm and melody, and think about ways to be more effective in our teaching. He will also talk about links between music lessons and the development of social, linguistic,and cognitive skills. In addition, participants will look at current research about the importance of music in our lives, as well as how to understand and interpret scientific findings. This workshop will be useful for anybody who teaches children and infants or is interested in how our brains process music. There will lots of opportunities for discussion and questions (and a chance to take part in a couple of mini-experiments).

Register in advance through MacEwan University Conservatory  of Music at 780-633-3725. Cost: $60

Jointly sponsored by Suzuki Academy at Schoen Duo Studio and MacEwan University Conservatory of Music


What do parents need to know? – Understanding Musical Development in Infants and Children

  • A Discussion for Parents with Dr. David Gerry of McMaster University
  • Thursday August 17, 2017: 7-9 pm
  • Room 409 (Stollery Hall), Alberta College campus, MacEwan University,
  • 10050 MacDonald Dr NW Edmonton

An informal chat and Q & A session for parents. Learn how the most recent research on the role of music in infant cognitive development can help you be more effective when working with your developing young musician.

Register in advance through Eventbrite:

Cost: Admission by donation (light refreshments will be served)

Sponsored by Suzuki Academy at Schoen Duo Studio


SECE classes

  • Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes for ages 0-3
  • 10 – 11 am Tuesday Aug. 22 – Friday Aug.25 at Faculty St. Jean
  • 10 -11 am Saturday Aug. 26 at King Edward Park Small Hall

Core program:

  • session 1:  Friday Aug.18 – Monday Aug. 21 – for flute students only, with guest clinician Dr. David Gerry
  • session 2: Monday Aug. 21 – Thursday Aug. 24 – for flute and recorder students
  • masterclass,technique and improvisation,and repertoire class every day
  • Monday evening / Thursday evening group & solo recital


SAA Teacher training: Revisiting Unit 1 (Flute) with David Gerry

  • Friday Aug. 18 – Monday Aug. 21

The Revisiting Unit 1 course is designed for teachers who have registered a minimum of Unit 1 and have at least one year of Suzuki teaching experience. It aims to strengthen and update one’s teaching by approaching the repertoire and its concepts from a fresh perspective. Discussions cover the foundation of Book 1, including application of the Suzuki philosophy, teaching points, layering of skills, addressing challenges of the beginning student, and more.  The course includes lecture, small group discussion, student observation, possible role-playing, and playing demonstration of the teaching points and concepts. Participants will receive an online questionnaire from the SAA, to be completed prior to the start of the course.

Entrance Requirements:  Suzuki teachers who have completed/registered ECC! and Unit 1 (or 1A and 1B) and have taught at least one year are eligible to take the course in their instrument area.

Prerequisite course for all teacher training in any instrument:

Every Child Can! is being offered in Edmonton on:

And at other times throughout North America:

Fees & Registration:

More Information:

More BSWI 2017 information will be posted as it becomes available. Specific timetable information is dependent upon enrolment, so that will be posted after registrations start coming in.