Cutting the cake at the annual Great Lakes Suzuki BBQ

Cutting the cake at the annual Great Lakes Suzuki BBQ

Great Lakes Suzuki Institute

The Great Lakes Suzuki Institute is the only Institute of its kind for flute and recorder students and teachers in Ontario, where we have been based for over 20 years. New this year, all classes take place at the Guelph Youth Music Centre  in Guelph, Ontario.


David Gerry, Founder and Director Emeritus

Flutist David Gerry maintained a busy schedule as a teacher, performer and clinician. David earned his Ph.D. in music cognition from the School of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University where he worked with Dr. Laurel Trainor, McMaster University. He also held a M.Mus and B.Mus.Perf. from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and an ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music, which also awarded him the gold medal in flute. Dr. Gerry was also a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan, where he studied with Shinichi Suzuki and Toshio Takahashi. 

Dr. Gerry performed and taught all over the world. For many years he was the music specialist at Trail Ridge Montessori School in Grimsby, Ontario. A registered Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the European Suzuki Association, David was also Assistant Professor of Music Education at the School of the Arts, McMaster University. With Dr. Laurel Trainor, David is the recipient of a 2008 award from the Grammy Foundation for excellence in the scientific study of music. He was the recipient of the 2014 “Excellence in Teaching” Award for the Humanities from the McMaster University Students’ Union.

David was married to Jonathan Royce. They lived in Hamilton with Gigi, a Coton de Tulear and Gonzo, a green cheek conure. He passed away unexpectedly in December 2017.

David touched the hearts and souls of all the children he taught and the teachers he mentored. In his honor, the Suzuki Association of the Americas has created the David Gerry Memorial Scholarship to foster his ideals, generosity, and brilliance.