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Early Childhood Music class has openings!

- King Edward Park Small Hall Saturday mornings at 9:30 am

Suzuki Early Childhood Class has openings for new student families!

Drop in anytime  for a free observation class.

Open to all parents with children aged 0-3 years.

Have a newborn? Classes are free until your child is 3 months old.

Registration & Class times and locations

Learn music the same way and the same time as your child learns to speak – easy, fun, and natural! Developmental advantages have been documented in this study.




Nature? Nurture? Teacher?

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - MacEwan University - Stollery Hall (room 409) August 17th, 2017 13:00

Front Porch Concert

Edmonton, AB Canada - Front Porch June 03rd, 2017 16:00

We are exploring the space between street busking and house concerts with a Front Porch Concert that is part of Make Something Edmonton’s 100 In 1 Day project on June 3.

The music starts at 4:00 PM  on our front porch at 8937-79 Ave.

Sit on the grass or bring your own lawn chair to this free event featuring music old and new.

For the full story behind this event, click here.

See the CTV News interview, click here

What do Parents need to Know?

Edmonton, Canada - Stollery Hall (Room 409) Alberta College Campus, MacEwan University August 17th, 2017 19:00

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.

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.

With Dr. Laurel Trainor, David is the recipient of a 2008 award from the Grammy Foundation for excellence in the scientific study of music.

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

Register in advance through Eventbrite:

For more information on Dr. Gerry and his research click here

For more information on Suzuki Early Childhood Education in Edmonton click here



Concert in Dawson Creek B.C.

Dawson Creek, B.C., Canada - Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre February 17th, 2016 07:00

The Schoen Duo will be performing at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre in Dawson Creek, B.C. on Wednesday February 17 at 7:00 PM.  The Concert will feature works from their recent release, Profile, as well as new material.

Tickets are $20 regular admission and $10 for students and are available at the KPAC box office, 10401-10th Street, Dawson Creek. Phone: 250-782-9325 / email:

In Concert in Vermilion

Vemilion, AB, Canada - First United Church September 27th, 2015 19:00

The Schoen Duo will be in concert at the First United Church in Vermilion, Alberta on Sunday Sept. 27 at 7:00 P.M. The concert will feature folk music of eastern Europe from the Codex Caioni, the music of Telemann, C.PE. Bach, Bartok, as well as selections from their EP Profiles.

SAA Leadership Retreat 2015 “Teaching is an Art Form.”

Columbus, Ohio - Deer Lake Resort May 20th, 2015 00:00

We attended the Suzuki Association of the Americas Leadership Retreat this May. This is a very intense and stimulating event, with non-stop sessions for three days, plus extra events before and after the main part of the conference.

Leadership 2015 cert award 2Kathleen is on the committee for the SAA Conference in May 2016, so any teachers reading this blog entry can contact her if there is a particular session you would like to see at the conference.

ESFRS students can look forward to some exciting new additions to the group classes next year, thanks to some wonderful Suzuki Early Childhood Education and Kodaly based music reading resources that we have brought back.

Thomas was able to work with Brian Lewis for six hours on advanced group class material, so STE violin students can also look forward to exciting new things in group class next year.

And in between all these wonderful sessions, there was time for Kathleen to accept an SAA Certificate of Achievement. This was for her work as a flute teacher, in addition to her work as a SAA Teacher Trainer for recorder.



The “Ghost” of C.P.E. Bach

December 02nd, 2014 00:00

We recently performed the CPE Bach Sonata for solo flute, with the accompaniment of the “Ghost” part written by Gary Schocker. We were experimenting with the juxtaposition of the very old music and the very new music, and trying to make the “ghost” part sound quieter and more distant (ghostly). We ended up playing the old music on the modern flute, and the newer “ghost” part on the baroque violin with a mute. We also had the “ghost” stand far away, to increase the idea of a distant echo.

The composer liked it. When we wrote to him for permission , he said  “Well, I love it. Please share on YouTube. Violin is much more ghostly than another modern flute.”

New EP: “Profile” now available

November 24th, 2014 00:00

In this EP we demonstrate the wide variety of styles we can cover. Medieval and Baroque music on period instruments, modern compositions that recall folk traditions, Native American and Metis melodies, and, of course, a little bit of classical music too. Read more …

Schoen Duo: Profile

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Thomas & Kathleen Schoen are classically trained performers on both historical and modern flutes and violins. Their repertoire ranges from early music on period instruments to modern works that use phrase sampler loopers and other modern technology. read more

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