Welcome to STEP

Welcome to the Suzuki Talent Education Program (STEP), in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. We are a non-profit music program dedicated to the teaching of music according to the method and philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. STEP’s mission is to employ Suzuki’s method to enrich both the family lives of members of the organization and the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador as a whole through music.

What’s Happening?

  • STEP Thursday Update, 2018 15th March

    Hello STEP Families,

    Here we are, finally, back for another Group Class Saturday! Here’s what you need to know for this week, and upcoming news.

    As always, please reply via email if your child will be absent – your teachers appreciate the advance notice.

    1) Theme of the week: St. Patrick’s Day
    2) Substitute teachers
    3) Fundraising project for everyone: Bath Bombs from St. John’s Soap Works
    4) Camp registration, and busking info to help with your fees
    5) Parent Orientation begins

    1) Winterfest fun continues on in group class! Each Group Class Saturday, from now until Newfoundland and Labrador Suzuki Institute begins, will have a fun theme. This week it will be St. Patrick’s Day! Wear anything green! Shamrocks, leprechauns and a pot of gold are all encouraged!

    2) Several teachers (Maria, Dominic and Carole) will be away: here is the list of substitutions.
    Early Book 1, usually Dominic: Maggie Burton
    Book 2/3, usually Carole: Jennifer Johnson
    Musicianship Red B, usually Maria: TBA
    Fiddle 2, usually Carole: Christina Smith
    Musicianship Red A, usually Maria: TBA
    Fiddle 1, usually Maria: TBA
    Twinkles, usually Dominic: Nancy Case-Oates
    Musicianship Yellow, usually Dominic: Lauren Smee
    Musicianship Orange, usually Maria: TBA
    Book 4/5, usually Carole: Lauren Smee

    3) FUNDRAISING PROJECT: We are so excited to partner with St. John’s Soap Works for our major group fundraiser this year! Please pick up your bath bomb order forms at the main desk on Saturday morning. Forms and payment are due on Saturday, April 14. The bath bombs will be ready for pick up on Saturday, May 5. They make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts! This is a program-wide fundraiser. Every family is asked to participate – from our Music with Your Baby participants all the way up through. As a non-profit, parent-led organization, we rely on these funds to enrich the educational experience of our students to provide them with experiences beyond classes and lessons.

    4) CAMP Registration is in full swing! Take advantage of Early Bird prices until April 14th.
    There is a hard deadline of May 5th this year, so be sure to get your registrations in on time! Register at http://nlsi.ca or http://icebergchambermusic.ca/

    Did you know? You can offset your camp fees by signing up to busk! Kristy Piercey will be setting up busking opportunities in May and June, where hours and money banked during busking will go directly towards your family’s camp fees. Get in touch with Kristy at kristyepiercey@gmail.com for more information.

    Can you donate Air Miles or Aeroplan Points to help bring visiting teachers to our Institutes? There’s a discount or other benefits available for donors! Get in touch with nlsidirector@gmail.com.

    5) Parent Orientation starts this Saturday! If you are brand new to the program or will be joining shortly, you will meet this week in room 2025 at 9:45. If you have an instrument, child- or adult-size, please bring it along. More details may be sent via email.

    Finally: Rob Cass is managing administration solo this week since I’m away. Give him a high-five, and a hand opening up and clearing away if you can.

    Have a great Saturday, see you next time!
    Heather Patey
    STEP Administrator

  • Alert to Hotmail users
    If you have a Hotmail address, you may have difficulty emailing us – we’ve received reports of people not receiving our emails. Please try contacting us from an address with a different mail provider, or sending us a Facebook message.

    We send a broadcast to the membership every Thursday evening, so if you are a member and don’t receive this, please update your contact information. Sorry for the inconvenience!

  • Group Class Schedule 2017-18 (updated Sept 27th)

    The Group Class Schedule for the 2017-18 year has been finalized and is now available. The latest version is Sept 27th – please make sure you consult the latest version in case of updates.


  • Group Class Saturday Calendar 2017-18

    The dates for our group classes are set! Note: “Music With Your Baby” (not “Transitions”) students will meet not only on Group Class Saturdays but also on dates marked “Extra Music With Your Baby”. Concert dates and venues are also listed.
    Group Class Calendar

    Please refer to the Group Class Schedule, updated Sept 27th, for times and rooms of classes.

    The STEP Events Google Calendar can be accessed directly in a browser. If you use Outlook or iCal, you can import the STEP Events ICS link into your application.