SuzukiPiano Association Ottawa/Gatineau

Looking for a piano teacher? Below is a list of all our faculty with contact information included with the bios of teachers accepting new students. Faculty members of our association teach in independent studios and are responsible for the private piano instruction they give their students. Each teacher establishes his or her own studio policies and fees.

Joining our Association: New faculty, qualified Suzuki teachers, are welcome in our Association. Candidates must have a degree in music, or the equivalent, and Suzuki training. Resumes can be sent by email to Catherine Donkin, President, Email

Brenda Beckingham (Ottawa West) studied piano, organ and voice at Acadia U. and completed her degree, BA (Mus) at Ottawa and Carleton U. Brenda received her ARCT in organ performance with Toronto Conservatory. She studied Suzuki Music during the summer at the Kingston Institute with many wonderful teachers. Brenda has been with the Suzuki School in Ottawa for many years and continues to look forward to teaching this amazing piano method. Email

Thérèse Bécotte (Hull) studied piano with Mrs Pierrette Froment-Savoie, a famous pianist currently teaching at the Gatineau Conservatory. Thérèse completed a Bachelor in Music at the University of Ottawa, where she had the chance to study piano pedagogy with M. Gilles Comeau. After studying some piano methods, learning good pedagogic strategies and understanding important psychological issues, she chose the Suzuki method as her teaching approach. The Suzuki philosophy is based on love, patience and respect, and puts great emphasis on musicality, music appreciation and a good relationship between student, parents and teacher. Thérèse did the Suzuki Workshops with Mary Craig Powell and Fay Adams. She also received her ARCT in piano performance with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. She joined the Faculty in September 2013,has a studio is located in Gatineau(Hull, plateau)and will be teaching in French.

Jonathan Bondoc (Vanier/Overbrook/Beechwood) holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Ottawa under the tutelage of David Jalbert. He is currently in demand as a piano teacher, accompanist and chamber musician throughout the city of Ottawa. Jonathan has been teaching piano privately in Ottawa for over a decade to students ranging from the RCM Prep to A.R.C.T. levels. He has prepared students for practical and theory exams as well as many recitals. Jonathan received training in the Suzuki method under Gail Lange in August 2016. He maintains an active role in the musical community of Ottawa as the Church Organist/ Music Director at Our Lady of Fatima Parish. Email

Jocelyne Brault (Bayshore) graduated with a Laureat II in Piano (ARCT equivalent) from L’Ecole Vincent D’Indy in Montreal, and then studied at McGill University. Jocelyne received a B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto and remains active with the committee work for the disabled. Jocelyne is the Suzuki mother of four children and is fluently bilingual.

Diane Briscoe (Gatineau) studied piano and accompanied ballet in France before returning to Canada to complete a B.A. Hon. Music and a Masters in Music at the University of Ottawa. At this time, she also graduated with an A.R.C.T. Piano Teacher diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has studied the Suzuki method and has taken various workshops with clinicians Bruce Anderson, Carol Bigler, Mary Craig Powell, Clayton Scott, Merlin Thompson, and Valery Lloyd-Watts. Diane is a MusicLink volunteer teacher - giving lessons to underprivileged children, and has had numerous articles on piano pedagogy published in the Canadian Music Educator, Suzuki Journal, and American Music Educator, among others. Diane has been Treasurer for SuzukiPiano since 2003,and speaks English and French. www.dianebriscoepiano.ca. Email

Catherine Donkin (Ottawa Centre) received her early musical training on the piano with Willa Meyers in Grande Prairie, Alberta. She then went on the University of Alberta in Edmonton where she received her bachelor’s degree in performance, under the guidance of Stéphane Lemelin. Catherine then came to Ottawa to study with Andrew Tunis, completing her master’s degree in piano performance in 2000. As a student she was featured as soloist with both the University of Alberta and University of Ottawa Orchestras. In September of 2008 she and her piano duet partner Amelie Langlois travelled to Norway, and were semi-finalists in the Grieg International Piano Competition. Earlier in 2008 the duet placed first in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. In November of 2007 they performed in a recital of finalists in New York City after placing second. Most recently the duet performed at Carnegie Hall after winning the competition again in 2010. Recently she gave masterclasses to students from Cambrian College and Laurentian University in Sudbury Ontario. Catherine is on the Associate Performance Faculty at Carleton University, and maintains a busy teaching studio in Ottawa.

Claudette Harrison (Baseline & Woodroffe – Nepean) has more than 20 years of experience in the field of teaching both traditional and Suzuki methods. She is an active ORMTA member (A.R.C.T Piano Teacher’s Diploma and demonstration of student successes on Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto exams), and has a B.A. (music) from the University of Ottawa where she studied piano with Douglas Voice and Andrew Tunis. A highlight of her musical education was Suzuki training with Mary Craig Powell at Studea Musica; her tender approach and passion for teaching music to children inspired Claudette to apply her instructor’s techniques in her private studio. In addition, Claudette was a Suzuki parent for her four children, who have received Suzuki instruction on various instruments such as piano, violin, cello and flute. Claudette is fluently bilingual, and has taught music privately and in group settings in both official languages. Teaches on Saturdays. Email