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 2015/2016 year will be published here when available. Also check out the Reference for Members page for useful information, 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.


New and returning students may now register for the 2015/16 season online or via fillable PDF form, on the Registration page.

Returning violin and cello students should have received an email from us with group class and Musicianship placements, and recommendations for extra classes. If you haven't heard from us, please get in touch, as this is necessary to register.

New families: register for the Beginner program, or if your child already plays, please ask for a placement and recommendation list.

To register in person: come to the Irwin's Court room, on the ground floor of the Arts and Culture Centre, Saturday August 29th, between 9am and noon. You'll get to meet our staff and faculty, get answers to any questions you have, and save the PayPal fee by paying by cheque or cash. Bringing a prefilled form would be helpful but not necessary.


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 will have space in September 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.

Please email our friendly staff, Josh and Heather, at 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.

"Music With Your Baby": 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).
There are two time slots for children up to age 2.5, and one for those aged 2.5 to 3.
The older children take "Transitions" class, to start planting the seeds of skills they'll need for real violin or cello lessons very soon.
Register here: "Music with Your Baby" online registration.

Calendar and Schedule for FALL/WINTER/SPRING 2015-16

Have a look at our latest Saturday time schedule (as of Aug. 21st). 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.

Upcoming Events

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