Suzuki Talent Education Program
of St. John's, Newfoundland
This is the website of the Suzuki Talent Education Program in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Suzuki Talent Education is a music-education philosophy by which teachers and parents help children learn to play an instrument by the same method that they learn to speak their native language. In St. John's, we have about 100 violin, viola and cello students who follow the Suzuki curriculum; some also learn Newfoundland fiddling or perform in our award-winning orchestra. We host the Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute every June. If you'd like to learn more about the Suzuki Method and our organization, please read the Background and FAQ pages; feel free to contact us with any questions.
Member families and local teachers: this site aims to be your primary reference to the goings-on of STEP. All schedules and reference material for the 2014/2015 year will be published here when available. Also check out the News (that you ought also to be getting by e-mail; if not, please let us know!), Classifieds for instruments and music-related items, and more. If you have news to share, questions, comments or suggestions about the webpage, send them on to your friendly neighbourhood volunteer webmaster Heather Patey.
REGISTRATION OPEN for The Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute
Plans for the 2015 Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute are underway! This week-long event for Suzuki families will take place June 28th-July 3rd in St. John's, Newfoundland, located at historic downtown Bishop Feild School.
Participants will spend the week immersed in violin and cello music, choir, Newfoundland traditions, and lots of fun activities to build their musical skills.
Open to children from age 0-18. Suzuki background or other musical training not required.
It's a great introduction to learning the Suzuki way, or a revitalization of your studies with our best local and visiting teachers. Come and spend a week with us!
More information: http://atlanticsuzuki.ca
Pop Goes Suzuki: Our Spring Concert
- Duane Andrews
- Emilia Bartellas and The STEP Fiddlers
- Mary, Dear
- Stompbox NL
- ... and all the violinists and cellists from our program.
Tickets available from STEP members: $15 adults, $10 seniors/youth (13-18), $5 children 12 and under. Family price (2 adults + 2 kids) = $35. Performers free.
Proceeds to support The Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute, our yearly summer camp.
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Next Group Class Saturday: April 25th
See you all at MUN School of Music THIS Saturday!
New Students Welcome at STEP
Do you have a young child in whom you'd like to instil a love of music, instrumental skills, increased focusing and listening abilities, ease with performing, and a lifelong foundation in cultural pursuits?
STEP has cultivated beautiful hearts and musical souls in children and families in St. John's for over 30 years. Parents work with their children from any age from 3 up to teenage, in both individual and group settings with our experienced, internationally-certified teachers. The violin or cello is taught by the same method the child learns to speak: through repetition, encouragement, small steps, and constantly building and reinforcing their skills. Our students learn to perform with confidence, both solo and in a group of their peers, and they become part of a musical community that will benefit them throughout their lives.
Our teachers have space right now for new students in either violin or cello, for ages 3 and up.
We encourage you to observe the teaching process before joining: our teachers would welcome you to their studio for a visit.
There is still space in our special beginner class, "Starting with Suzuki", at ACSI, our day camp June 29th-July 3rd: see http://atlanticsuzuki.ca for details.
Please email our friendly staff, Josh and Heather, at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on our schedule, joining STEP, private lessons and more. We'd be happy to answer your questions and help you begin your journey.
Early Childhood Education
STEP teaches Early Childhood Education from birth to age 3.
Group classes for our youngest students take place two Saturday mornings a month, at MUN School of Music (dates below). You can read more about the classes on our "Twinkle Toes" page. Our classes are now full; please contact us to be put on our mailing list for fall registration. There are spaces still available for daily classes during ACSI, our day camp June 29th-July 3rd: see http://atlanticsuzuki.ca for details.
Calendar and Schedule for WINTER/SPRING 2015
Have a look at our latest Saturday time schedule (as of Dec. 9th). It may undergo some small changes, so make sure you have the latest version!
Here is the list of ALL our events for this year. All Solo Concerts are at 11:00am at MUN School of Music unless otherwise announced.
September: 6th, In-person Registration; 27th, First Group Class October: 4th, Group Class; 18th, Group Class; 25th, Group Class November: 1st, Solo Concert; 8th, Graduation Concert; 15th, Group Class; 22nd, Solo Concert; 29th, Group Class December: 6th, Christmas Play-In; 13th, Orchestra and Young Virtuosi Concert January: 10th, Group Class; 17th, Solo Concert; 24th, Group Class; 31st, Solo Concert February: 7th, Group Class; 14th, Solo Concert; 21st, WINTERFEST at Group Class; 28th, Solo Concert, St. David's Church March: 7th, Group Class; 14th, Solo Concert; 21st, Group Class; 28th, Group Class April: 11th, Solo Concert, St. David's Church; 18th, Group Class; 25th, Group Class
- May 3rd (Sunday) - Spring Concert: Pop Goes Suzuki! Cochrane Street Church, 3pm
- May 9th - Group Class
- May 23rd - Group Class
- May 30th - Young Virtuosi Concert
- June 6th - Final Group Class
- June 13th - Final Concert
- June 28th to July 3rd - Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute (Summer Camp)
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