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
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.