"I originally started taking lessons with Suzanne because I needed to get prepared for my highschool exams, however I stuck with them because of the amazing environment they provided me to try new things or just be myself with my music." - Arianna I
Hello and welcome! Let me tell you a bit about myself.
For more than a decade it has been my joy to partner with and support hundreds of vocalists of a wide range of ages, skill levels, and genres, at both my private studio and my fine arts high school studio in Toronto. I'm a lifelong learner and have formal training in teaching both commercial and classical musical styles. Check out my about page for more info.
Born and raised in small-town southwestern Ontario, I'm delighted to have returned to my roots to relaunch my studio in the heart of London, Canada's first UNESCO city of music! It's a privilege to empower and elevate the incredible artists and voices from this city in person and around the globe in my virtual studio.
I'm passionate about music education that fosters holistic personal growth, using teaching techniques rooted in the latest in voice research. I love to help speakers, singers, and songwriters alike find strength, range, and expression in their voice. I believe in creating a safe, inclusive space for community through the arts!
Outside of my music studio I'm a mom of two darling boys who keep me learning and growing. I love a good latté, a little bit of yoga, and a spontaneous DIY project. When you come to the studio you will see that I'm also a slightly obsessive gardener—I try to grow as much of our veg as possible and enjoy creating welcoming and peaceful spaces.
So, take a look around or send me a message via the contact page. I can't wait to meet you!
Learn more about Suzanne and NewSong here!
Training with Suzanne was truly eye opening, and with her, I found confidence and grounding in my classical singing technique. With her help, I was well-prepared for my application to a summer program with The Juilliard School in 2018, which I was accepted into and attended, as well as, to undergraduate programs for music. In the Fall of 2019, I began attending the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music for classical voice studies. As someone who is also pursuing a musical career in pop/r&b, I continue to use what I've learned in my lessons with her whenever I perform.
Luis - voice lesson alumna
Toronto Maple Leafs Official Anthem Singer
Suzanne is a caring pedagogue whose teaching includes voice, mind and spirit. Teaching teens requires emotional understanding and interpretation beyond technique. Suzanne gets it. Suzanne tailors her pedagogical approach for each individual student and creates community in her studio.
Colleen - voice studio parent
Ms. Schaafsma is a wonderful vocal teacher! In lessons, I have learned to develop my vocal skills through beneficial exercises including movement exercises and mental strategies to help cope with performance nerves/anxiety. Ms. Schaafsma's method of teaching has been very effective in improving my vocal strength and the quality of my voice using healthy techniques.
Madeleine - voice student
Our children had the fortune of being introduced to piano by Suzanne, and moved on to take conservatory exams in Toronto. Suzanne conveys a sense of reverence for music in her approach to teaching. Her studio space was a positive and serene learning space. Our kids developed an accountable, and caring connection with Suzanne that motivated them to keep up with piano. Thank you for the many years of teaching!
Luisa & Fernando - piano studio parents
Suzanne is kind and encouraging. When I didn't feel confident about piano exams she reassured me that I was ready and she was right! I also liked playing at the studio recitals because we got perform for other students and family in a relaxed environment.
Sabrina - piano student
My daughter has taken lessons with Suzanne for seven years. In that time, Suzanne has guided her through each stage, including preparing for three RCM exams, with patience and kindness. She has been fundamental in instilling a love of playing the piano in my child and we are so grateful to have had her as a teacher.
Lori - piano studio parent
I learned to play the piano with Suzanne when I was six years old. I liked that she was patient and used games to teach me.
Gabriel - piano student