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The Suzuki Talent Education School of Sandy Hook Village has been offering quality music education for children and adults since 1977. From its earliest beginnings, the school has strived to follow the teachings of Dr. Suzuki who believed the most important goal was the development of the whole child through music education. The School was founded in 1977 by W. Jeanne Luedke in South Britain, CT. The school moved to Newtown in 1985. In 1987, Helen Malyszka and Andrew Lafreniere became co-directors when they purchased the business. The School has been in its current location in Sandy Hook since 1992.



Andrew Lafreniere, with a Masters degree in guitar performance from the Hartt School of Music, teaches both guitar and piano at STES. His Suzuki studies have been with Jeanne Luedke, Frank Longay, and Bill Kossler. Mr. Lafreniere has been a Suzuki teacher since 1982. He is on the Suzuki Association of the Americas Guitar Development Committee and, as a member of the committee, he has been involved with the publication of the Suzuki guitar method books. He is a popular clinician, teaching at many Suzuki institutes throughout the country. Several of his students have gone on to study at some of the finest music schools in the country and have won several performance awards. Andrew has performed throughout the area, most recently with Eclipse and the Wykeham Consort.



Helen Malyszka, Graduated from Stevenson College in Edinburgh, Scotland, with a degree in Early Childhood Education in 1975. Helen became involved in the Suzuki Talent Education School in 1983 with her son Paul, who was three years old at the time. In 1985 she received her Suzuki training from Jeanne Luedke and began teaching Pre-Suzuki and music theory classes at the school. Helen has been the music teacher at St. Rose Pre-School in Newtown since 2000, Newtown Congregational Nursery Co-op since 1987, and the Wesley Learning Center in Sandy Hook since 1994. Helen has been directing the St. Rose Children’s choir Newtown, since 2002. She has been performing with her Brother and twin sister in the group Eclipse since the early 70's.



Paul Malyszka has been teaching piano at the Suzuki Talent Education School since 2002. He was a student of the Suzuki Method beginning his study at the age of three. He received his B.A. in Music from Manhattanville College and M.M. in Piano Performance from The University of Hartford at The Hartt School of Music. He is also the Director of the Choral Division at The Wooster School in Danbury, CT where he directs the Middle School and Upper School Handbell Choirs, Middle School Chorus, Wooster Singers and the auditioned Madrigals Choir. Paul has been a member of its faculty since 2004. He has been the Director of Music at King Street United Church of Christ in Danbury, CT since 1999. He is the full time organist and choir director of the Junior and Senior Choirs. He has also worked as the Piano Accompanist for the Southington Festival Chorale, and King Low Heywood Thomas School in Stamford, CT.



Trish Keil Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, is Helen’s twin sister, she also teaches the pre-Suzuki program. Trish has been the music teacher at Wesley Learning Center in Sandy Hook, Newtown since 2004 and New England Country Day School in Danbury since 2000. Trish has been directing the St. Rose children’s choir since 2002 and is one of the lead singers and guitarist in the Vocal harmony group Eclipse. Trish has had a lot of experience in the recording field and has sung backup vocals for many artists.


Larry Deming, Violin -Viola

Larry Deming began his study of Violin in the Danbury Music Centre's Summer String Program studying violin under John Burnett. Larry received a B.S. Degree with Distinction from the Indiana University School of Music in 1981. He played Violin in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for seven years, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for nine years, was Concertmaster of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra for five years, and is first Violinist of the Deming String Quartet. Mr. Deming has played with many musical luminaries and he loves to arrange, compose, conduct, perform and teach many types of music. His CD, "Journey to the East" was released in 2005. He subs regularly now with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin and viola at The Hotchkiss School and Kent School.  He is once again concertmaster of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra,and has been director of the Summer Strings Program at the Danbury Music Centre since 2002.