Students and Instructor lifting up their string instrument

University of Windsor Lab School at the School of Creative Arts


The University of Windsor Lab School: Summer Music Program is a summer day camp designed for aspiring musicians who want to learn to play on a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass) or on the flute. A Jazz Music Program is also offered. 

This summer music camp will take place in the school’s wonderful Windsor Armouries facilities, providing a day long array of varied musical and artistic activities that include: group class instruction, choir, master classes, performance opportunities, improvisation/composition, and visual art instruction from the University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts faculty. Participants will connect with current University of Windsor arts students assisting faculty in this program. This lab is a hub for musicians of all skills levels.

Visit the University of Windsor Lab School website to learn more.

Strings Instruction is based on the pedagogical philosophies of Mimi Zweig, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland, and Ivan Galamian, and will include diverse repertoire and styles.  Ages 4 to 17 are welcome. 

New strings students with no previous experience are expected to be enrolled in private music lessons. If participants do not currently have a private instructor, they are free to find an instructor on their own or contact and we will provide you with the contact information for an instructor. 

Register in MUSI 7101-003 Strings Stradivarius (Beginner) if any of the criteria apply:

  • No previous experience * 
  • Currently learning Suzuki Book 2 or below 
  • Currently learning Royal Conservatory Level 2 or below 

Register in MUSI 7101-004 Strings Guarneri (Intermediate) if any of the criteria apply:

  • Currently learning Suzuki Book 3 or above 
  • Currently learning Royal Conservatory Level 3 or above 

Program Director and Instructor: Dr. Vanessa Mio-Quiring

Flute will include group class instruction and will be grouped into ages 12-14 and 15-17.  Beginners and Intermediate levels are welcome. 

Register in MUSI 7101-009 Flute (Beginner) if any of the criteria apply 

  • No previous experience or less than one year, or;
  • One or more years of playing experience 

Instructor: Dr. Jonathan G. Bayley

The University of Windsor Lab School offers music instruction for students who wish to study the violin, viola, cello, string bass (ages 4-17) or flute (ages 12-17) through a curriculum that includes group class instruction, theory and master classes, chamber music, and performance opportunities at the University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts

Students will be grouped based on age and skill level, and will participate in 10 group lessons per semester. They will engage with leading pedagogues associated with the University of Windsor. The classes are 60 minutes in length and are structured to develop technical/musical skills, ensemble and ear training, concert etiquette, and participation in master class performance experiences, all of which encourage social interactions with their peers. As part of the curriculum, students will have the opportunity to perform in one recital each semester in the University of Windsor School of Creative Arts Recital Hall. 

In the early stages of music study, students establish the technical/musical foundation on which all future artistry develops. In addition, students become engaged in their learning, set personal goals, acquire an increased sense of self-efficacy, and develop lasting friendships with peers who share similar interests. In essence, a priority of the University of Windsor Lab School is to nurture the overall well-being of every student. 

Location: Windsor Armouries - School of Creative Arts

Fee: $250 + HST per student, per section. UWindsor alumni, staff, students, and Hire UWindsor Partners are eligible for a discount. Parents who wish to register more than one student can save 10%. Email for a discount code. 


Every other Saturday
Sept. 21, 2024 - Feb. 1, 2025

Beginner: 2pm - 3pm
Intermediate: 3pm-4pm

Every other Saturday
Feb. 22 - Jun. 14, 2025

Beginner: 2pm - 3pm
Intermediate: 3pm-4pm

About the Instructors

Dr. Vanessa Mio-Quiring is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor within the Faculty of Education and the Music Education (Continuing Education) departments at the University of Windsor. Vanessa completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies degree (with a focus on violin pedagogy) from the University of Windsor. Vanessa also earned a Master of Music, a Bachelor of Music, and a Performance Diploma in Violin Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied violin with Mimi Zweig, Kathleen Winkler, Baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie, and string pedagogy with Mimi Zweig and Dr. Brenda Brenner. Vanessa’s passion for teaching was sparked at Indiana University where she was appointed as an Associate Instructor with the Indiana University String Academy from 2005-2008.  

As a performer, pedagogue, and scholar, Vanessa is passionate about teacher training and string education research. She was awarded a prestigious Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for her current research investigating how young violin students engage in a specialized string curriculum to determine cognitive and physiological reactions, and various social and emotional developments within a group context. She was also awarded a SSRCH Doctoral Scholarship where she investigated the remedial strategies of postsecondary violin instructors. She has presented her research at provincial and international conferences (including the International Society for Music Education, the American String Teachers’ Association, the Indiana Music Education Association, the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education). Vanessa has recently published articles in the Canadian Music Educator Journal, American String Teacher Journal, The Recorder (Quarterly Journal of the Ontario Music Educators’ Association), International Journal of Music Education, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. Through her current research interests, Vanessa hopes to contribute significantly to the field of string pedagogy as the scope of her research expands.  

Informed by her research and teaching activities, Vanessa developed the first string pedagogy course offered to music performance and education majors in Canada at both Western University (graduate and undergraduate) and Wilfrid Laurier University (undergraduate), and developed a new violin/viola group string instruction course for undergraduate music education students at Western. Vanessa has also recently developed three innovative Instrumental (Strings) Additional Qualification courses (offered through the Ontario College of Teachers) for elementary and secondary music educators across Ontario.  

Vanessa has pursued a variety of professional development opportunities and has become a sought-after clinician, teacher, and adjudicator. Vanessa is the String Discipline Specialist and String Examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music, College of Examiners, and has traveled extensively throughout North America as an Ambassador for the Certificate Program. She has also adjudicated many festivals across Canada, including the upper string division of the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Competition in May of 2017. Vanessa has taught at the Nova Scotia Suzuki Violin Institute in Halifax, NS, attended the Starling-DeLay Symposium for Violin Studies at The Juilliard School, participated in a workshop led by Brian Lewis at the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, and attended a Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  

Vanessa has spent summers touring with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada; participating in the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy; teaching in Tuscany for a Professional Teachers Workshop alongside Mimi Zweig; and studying at the Banff Centre for the Arts with the Très Chic Piano Trio (Chamber Music Residency for Pre-Formed Ensembles). Vanessa is a violinist in the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and has also recently performed with the Penderecki String Quartet and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra. 

Vanessa is a member of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association (CMFAA), Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA), Canadian Music Educators’ Association (CMEA), American String Teachers Association (ASTA), and the International Society for Music Education (ISME). 

Dr. Bayley is a graduate of McGill University, the University of Alberta, University of Rochester (Eastman School of Music), and The Ohio State University. He is presently Professor Emeritus at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  

He has taught at the secondary school level (Junior and Senior High School), adjudicated numerous music festivals throughout Canada and was a flute instructor at Alberta College Conservatory of Music for 15 years. He has also taught at the University of Alberta, The Ohio State University, University of Regina, University of Windsor, and Beijing Foreign Studies University.   


Michael Karloff teaches jazz/pop piano and aural skills classes for the University of Windsor School of Creative Arts. He also serves on the faculty in the department of Music Theatre Performance at St. Clair College, as the instructor for Music Theory, Ear Training, and as musical director. Michael is the anchor jazz-pianist for Jazz at Mackenzie Hall produced by Windsor Jazz Concert Series, and also performs regularly with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Opera, 4th Wall Music and Windsor Light Music Theatre. A highly in-demand collaborative pianist for classical music, opera accompaniment, orchestra and chamber music concerts, Michael also performs jazz regularly in both Windsor and throughout southeastern Michigan with Dave Bennett, Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings, Aston Neighborhood Pleasure Club, and others. Michael hold a masters degree in Jazz Studies from Wayne State University.

This course is offered through Continuing Education, in collaboration with University of Windsor School of Creative Arts





Research: University of Windsor Lab School is also a hub for research (supported by SSHRC) that supports new ideas in music pedagogy as well as cultural and community development. Learn more.