Dale and Michelle Cannon

Community Suzuki Music School

The Suzuki Method is based on the principle that all children possess ability and that this ability can be developed and enhanced through a nurturing environment. All children learn to speak their own language with relative ease and if the same natural learning process is applied in teaching other skills, these can be acquired as successfully. Suzuki referred to the process as the Mother Tongue Method and to the whole system of pedagogy as Talent Education.

The Community Suzuki Music School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing affordable Suzuki violin and viola instruction to children and adults of all abilities and disabilities.  Tuition includes one private lesson and one group lesson each week, and multiple community performance opportunities per semester. Students and their families have yearly opportunities to participate in state-wide workshops/retreats, and national musical performance tours. 

Mr. Cannon holds a Graduate Teaching Certificate from East Carolina University and has completed Suzuki teacher training certificates in Books 1-10. Dale specializes in the instruction of young children using the Suzuki approach and has extensive experience teaching typically developing children along with children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and other developmental delays.

Dr. Michelle Cannon - Instructor/Researcher
Ms. Cannon holds an MM in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from East Carolina University and is currently a PhD candidate at University of North Carolina Greensboro researching music and the developmental neurobiology of autism.  Michelle also specializes in the instruction of young children using the Suzuki approach and has extensive experience teaching children on the autism spectrum.


Bartholomew (Bart)  Urbanski

Bart Urbanski is an accomplished teacher and performer on both the piano and violin/fiddle.   Bart has a Bachelors degree in piano performance and choral conducting from the University of Wisconsin in River Falls, and a Masters degree in composition and theory from the University of Oklahoma.  

Bart has been a piano instructor in the Triangle area for over 20 years. He has played an active role coordinating the annual composition competition sponsored by the Cary Area Piano Teachers Association (CAPTA). Bart’s violin and fiddle instruction emphasizes instrumental techniques with a focus on folk music styles.   As a musician and performer, Bart has played in many venues and has produced two CD's of solo piano music that includes both classical compositions and his own compositions. A third CD of his own compositions is forthcoming.

Bart views music as a community and family event that, at its best, involves sharing and collective input. Bart actively encourages his students to play music in groups or with ensembles, which not only enhances students’ musical ability but also builds their social skills and self-confidence.  He began providing lessons the Violin & fiddle Shop beginning in March 2013, teaching violin/fiddle, piano,guitar, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, and composition.  To schedule a lesson call 336-380-1787 or visit Facebook page Pittsboromusic.