Canada native Margaret Parkin began her musical studies as a Suzuki violin student with Richard Lawrence at the age of 4. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Queen's University (Canada) and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from McGill University where she studied under the direction of Iwan Edwards. She is a graduate of the British Suzuki Music Association and an ESA Violin Teacher Trainer.
Margaret is the director of the Oxford Suzuki String Group where she maintains a private studio of violin and viola students. She has previously served as director of the Exeter Suzuki String Group, as a member of faculty at the Suzuki String School of Guelph, and director of the Guelph Youth Music Centre String Orchestras. She is a regular guest clinician and conductor at workshops and institutes in Canada, the UK, and Europe. Her most rewarding and challenging role is that of Suzuki parent to her inquisitive teenage son.