Suzuki Talent Education Program circle group – S.T.E.P. into musical ability!
Saturday mornings 11:00am – noon – see calendar below for specific days
September 2021 classes will start in an online format – participate from the comfort of your own home.
- Pre-school through all levels
- Flute, Recorder, Violin, Viola
- Learn basic skills that apply to all instruments
- Beginners choose their instrument and learn to play it in individual lessons that are added to the group program when they are ready
- Parents learn along with children at the beginning, children gradually develop independence with adult support.
- Students continue in this class as they develop instrumental skills to take advantage of leadership opportunities
Pre-school through all levels:
Classes engage students at multiple levels. Beginners can start before they have an instrument, and advanced students can model how to play and learn together.
Flute, Recorder, Violin, Viola
Different instruments can play together as we explore the wide variety of musical sounds.
Learn basic skills that apply to all instruments
Ear training, gross and fine motor skills, dexterity, musical pitch, rhythm, form, and function are common to all music no matter what instrument you play.
Games teach the basic actions required to play the instruments. This is usually done without an instrument in beginner lessons. Finger actions, arm positions, and body management are introduced as separate actions before combining them. In the STEP circle class, all the students get to learn all the action games for all the instruments. Parents can observe if there are some actions that are easier or some that require more practice, and this can inform your eventual choice of instrument to study.
Beginners choose their instrument and learn to play it in individual lessons that are added to the group program when they are ready.
Once children have an understanding of the different sounds the instruments make, and the actions required to play them, then you can choose an instrument to study.
Bringing the instrument and the child together for the first time will happen in an individual lesson setting, not in the class. Children continue to attend the class as they start to learn to reproduce the familiar songs on the instrument.
When students are ready to add the individual lessons, times are booked based on mutual availability of student and teacher.
Parents learn along with children at the beginning, children gradually develop independence with adult support
Beginners start by playing and singing along with their parents. As students develop the skills to work independently, the parents gradually need to provide less assistance.
Parents also receive the Every Child Can! course as part of this program. This 8 hour courses is an introduction to the Suzuki philosophy, and gives valuable background information for parents on how to make learning the language of music as simple and easy as an infant learning to talk. Although the course is included for all parents participating in the S.T.E.P. Circle group, you still need to reserve your place by registering here.
Advanced students continue in this class to take advantage of leadership and teamwork opportunities
Students learn to lead each other in musical activities. As the group expands to include students with a wider range of instrumental skills we create multiple part activities with advanced students acting as section leaders.
As each child will learn at their own pace, we expect that the class will evolve to become a mix of children who can play a few tunes on their instruments and children who are just starting with the listening, singing, and actions. This gives the children the opportunity to learn from each other as well as from us.