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Caitlin McQuaite

Caitlin McQuaite

Caitlin has been teaching for 20 years and loves finding new ways to make music exciting for her students. She understands that every child has different needs and takes great care to present material in a manner that fits each student's individual requirements. She has a B. Mus degree from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as Suzuki teacher training. Caitlin began her musical studies at age 8 and has studied in both the United States and Canada. She has played with orchestras and in chamber groups in the U.S, Canada, and Europe, beginning with the Norwalk Youth Symphony at age 11. ​In 2003 while attending Mount Holyoke College she was principal violinist of the Five College Early Music Collegium, where she began to explore baroque and renaissance violin techniques in depth. During this same period, she was also the winner of the "Roxbury Pickin' and Fiddlin' " contest's trick and fancy division in Roxbury Connecticut. In 2007 she had the opportunity to continue the study of early music techniques with the Tafelmusk Baroque Summer Institute. She has since played with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, and Masterworks of Oakville. Caitlin lives in Brampton and teaches out of her house near the intersection of Queen and McLaughlin.

Instrument / Discipline

  • Violin
  • Piano
  • Viola

Spoken languages

  • English

Specialized in

  • Youth (7-17)
  • Adults (18+)
  • Young Children (under 7)
  • Beginner/Elementary
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Teaches At

  • Music school
  • Online
  • Teacher's home
  • Teacher's studio

Specialist designation

  • Violin - Elementary


  • 2008 - B. Mus - Wilfrid Laurier University

Professional development

  • Group Class Techniques for String Players: Cello, Viola, Violin. - This course covered strategies and ideas for group classes including games, objectives, and goals with a combination of lecture, hands on teaching experience and participation of the class members. - 2011
  • Suzuki Teacher Training Unit 2 (violin) - This course expanded on the topics covered in in Unit 1 as well as touching on the development of reading skills and musical styles along with tone development and teaching points for all repertoire in Book 2 of the Suzuki method. - 2009
  • Suzuki Teacher Training Unit 3 (violin) - Further development of all earlier concepts as well as discussion on the development of bowing techniques, listening skills and tone development. Covers teaching points for the repertoire in Suzuki book 3. - 2009
  • Suzuki Teacher Training Unit 4 (violin) - This course covers the introduction of vibrato, development of reading skills, articulation, musicianship, the importance of review, supplemental material and teaching points for the repertoire in Suzuki book 4 - 2011