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Suzuki & Traditional Lessons Are Available

Studying the violin, viola or cello at STES is a wonderful way to help foster in a child, the joy of learning. The satisfaction that each child experiences when they successfully take on a challenge and reach their goals is one of the many reasons this program is so valuable. When studying the Suzuki method we prefer to start all pre-school aged children in our early music education classes to give them a good musical foundation before they move on to an instrument. Once they have this foundation, which includes listening to the music they will first learn to play, they are then prepared to move on to the instrument. Children who begin in our infant or pre-school music programs can start playing an instrument as early as 4 years old. Children who have not been in our pre-school music program and are six years and older can begin Suzuki lessons.

As with all instruments taught using the Suzuki philosophy, students learn to play the Twinkle variations and folk songs. This is the beginning of their musical journey. Because they will learn the first pieces by ear, the children can focus on their technique and tone. Daily listening to the recording is necessary so that the child can internalize the music. Once the basic technique is established, music reading is introduced on the instrument. This parallels the process children experience when they learn to read and write. Each student is allowed to progress at their own pace and emphasis is placed on mastering each step before moving to the next. Review of previously learned music is necessary as it allows the student to gain ability and develop skill in polishing their music.

Traditional string lessons are offered as well. These are appropriate for students who have begun studying an instrument at school. These lessons will help the student develop skills which will allow them to flourish in their school orchestral program. Students will work on their technique, musicianship and theory skills as they prepare for more advanced playing.



One of the core principles in the Suzuki method is the participation of one parent during the lessons. This parent becomes the 'Home Teacher'. The home teacher is responsible for:

  • Taking notes
  • Encouraging and motivating the student
  • Providing the proper environment for successful practice at home
  • Learning the beginning steps on the instrument
  • Commitment to learning about the Suzuki philosophy

One does not need a musical background to be the home teacher. All that is required is the desire to provide your child with the support and encouragement to succeed. If the parent is interested, they are welcome introduction to the instrument will be provided to each home teacher.



Beginning students start with a thirty minute lesson. The school offers forty five and sixty minute lessons for more advanced students. The first lessons are for the parent so that they may learn the beginning steps and be able to help their child when they begin lessons.



String students receive one private lesson per week and they participate in a bi-weekly group class with other students. This class provides each child with the opportunity to

  • Perform for their peers
  • Re-enforce skills through games and activities
  • Learn in a supportive and encouraging environment
  • Suzuki often stressed the importance of group class as a way to motivate and create desire in each child to do their best. These classes are included in the price of the tuition.



We invite you to come and observe our lessons and classes. This will give you the opportunity to see how we teach. Contact us from our contact page to schedule an observation time.

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