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.

Coming Soon: 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 29th-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 2-17.

It's a great introduction to learning the Suzuki way, or a revitalization of your studies with our best local and visiting teachers. Mark your calendars - registration opening soon!

More information:

Next Group Class Saturday: Jan 24th

See you all at MUN School of Music on Saturday!

Parent Education beginning Jan. 24th

Are you a brand-new STEP family, or do you want to be? Do you plan to involve spouses, grandparents, or caregivers in the Suzuki way of life in your family? There's so much to learn about the Suzuki Method, our organization, practising, the musical environment, and supporting your young musician. The Parent-Student-Teacher triangle is the foundation of your child's musical education at STEP, and you're one of the corners.

Our most experienced teachers Jennifer Johnson and Christina Smith are here to help. On Group Class Saturdays from January 24th to March 28th, at 10:30am, they will be hosting parent-education seminars on all of the above topics and more. Free to all STEP member-families, and required for new arrivals. Meet like-minded parents, get deeper insight into our teaching methods, and ask all the questions you can possibly think of. Please register by emailing to let us know you're coming.

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.

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 set you up for January registration.

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 waiting list.

Calendar and Schedule for WINTER 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.

Upcoming Events

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