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Part time Teaching Position - Suzuki Guitar 

Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Region of Waterloo, Ontario

Posting Date: April 22, 2024

Closing Date for applications: May 15, 2024


Position: A part-time guitar teacher with the Suzuki Talent Education of Waterloo (STEW), in Waterloo, Ontario, to commence September 2024.

Description: Suzuki Talent Education of Waterloo (STEW) is an incorporated not-for-profit charitable organization. STEW currently has approximately 100 violin, viola, cello and early childhood music students taught by four employed teachers. Private lessons are taught in the studios belonging to the faculty, or in privately rented spaces that meet safe standards for our students and faculty. The programming at STEW includes Suzuki method group classes, string orchestras, rhythmic reading classes, along with other specialty courses that are offered by our faculty. Main programming takes place September to May, with specialty classes and private lessons being offered through the summer. Our group programming is taught in locations rented by STEW. STEW is run by a volunteer Board of Directors, its faculty and staff. We are an active and engaged community with students ranging from birth to adulthood. To find out more about our program visit: 



  • Teach Suzuki private lessons and group classes (subject to minimum enrolment) to guitar students from beginner to Suzuki book 4 repertoire, 

  • Teach enrichment classes as needed,

  • Work with the Board of Directors, faculty and staff of STEW to recruit, instruct and retain students. As a new program to STEW, we anticipate the number of hours will grow over time, 

  • Collaborate with other faculty members and staff with event coordination, artistic vision of the guitar program, scheduling and enrollment management,

  • Attend recitals, full school concerts, parent meetings, recruitment events, public outreach concerts and faculty meetings as needed,  

  • Demonstrate dedication to building an inclusive program that strives for musical excellence.


Qualifications: Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in music or equivalent,

  • Suzuki Association of the Americas Teacher Training  - completion of Unit 1 is required prior to commencing to teach with STEW, 

  • Desire to work with young children through retirees,

  • A commitment to participate in ongoing Suzuki Teacher Development up to Unit 4, 

  • A commitment to attend Suzuki or instrument specific events,

  • A minimum proficiency in guitar up to Suzuki book 5, 

  • A clear vulnerable sector check within the past 6 months, 

  • A strong desire to be an active part in recruitment and development of a guitar program at Suzuki Talent Education of Waterloo,

  • Active membership in Suzuki Association of the Americas,

  • Local studio space for individual lessons must be provided by the teacher in the Region of Waterloo, Ontario. Space in our group class location will be provided by STEW for group classes.


The Following Qualifications are an asset: 

  • Post Graduate degree or training,

  • Suzuki Association of the Americas Teacher Training Units 1-4 preferred, 

  • Active membership in Suzuki Association of Ontario and/or Suzuki Music/Musique Canada

  • Experience with conducting, music theory, rhythmic reading, chamber music groups, improvisation, or early childhood music education,

  • Experience working with children or adults with special needs.


Please include any additional desired qualifications in your application.

Salary: $57/hour for private lessons and $65/hour for group classes plus 4% vacation pay (Approval pending). As an employed teacher, EI and CPP are deducted at source.  We offer no extended health or pension benefits at this time.  Concerts, recitals, and other events are based on honoraria awarded by the Board of Directors. Group Class space and liability insurance while teaching at group class location are provided. T2200 tax form will be provided for faculty for private studio space and materials not provided by STEW. 


Liz Biswas, Administrative Director

Phone: (519) 500-6654



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