String Teachers

Pierre Kusters

Pierre was born in Ottawa and received his B.Mus. from the University of Ottawa in 1986.  He moved to Newfoundland to begin his career as a Suzuki teacher and an orchestra musician.  Pierre met his wife in Newfoundland and came back to Ottawa with his family in 1999 with a B. Ed. He went to work as a music teacher in the French schools in Ottawa and later decided that substitute teaching was best for him.

He uses the Suzuki method for private teaching because he appreciates the step by step approach of the method. Pierre really enjoys teaching young students as well as adult students, and likes to say, “you are rarely too young and never to old to Twinkle.


Fern Marwood first discovered music in a Piece of Mozart on a computer game she played at the age of 3. She was inspired by her teachers and the Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra to continue learning and performing fiddle music. Fern loves connecting with people of all ages through music and has been influenced by The East Poniters, Glowan, Cindy Thompson and Victor Maltby, Cindy McCall and Don Fletcher.


Fern began teacher three years ago has created an approach that is fun and engaging as well as comprehensive to create a solid base for future learning. She uses a variety of technics and games for the development of proper form and style of playing.

Fern Marwood
József Horváth (Jóska)

Jóska started to take classical violin lessons at the age of 7 in Budapest Hungary. He joined the Chamber Orchestra of Medical School of Budapest as a medical student and played violin and viola. While working as a scientist in Canada and the USA he also played in the Tampa Bay Symphony. He is also playing authentic Hungarian folk music learned in his native country and nowadays from prominent lead violinists (primás) in Hungary, Transylvania and in this continent. He is the prímás of the Életfa Hungarian Folk Band.

Jóska uses the Suzuki method, loves teaching young and adult students and also gives authentic Hungarian folk music lessons for beginners and more advanced students.