Suzuki Talent Education Program
of St. John's, Newfoundland


This is the website of the Suzuki Talent Education Program in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Suzuki Talent Education is a music-education philosophy by which teachers and parents help children learn to play an instrument by the same method that they learn to speak their native language. In St. John's, we have about 100 violin, viola and cello students who follow the Suzuki curriculum; some also learn Newfoundland fiddling or perform in our award-winning orchestra. We host the Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute every June. If you'd like to learn more about the Suzuki Method and our organization, please read the Background and FAQ pages; feel free to contact us with any questions.

Member families and local teachers: this site aims to be your primary reference to the goings-on of STEP. All schedules and reference material for the 2015/2016 year will be published here when available. Also check out the Reference for Members page for useful information, Classifieds for instruments and music-related items, and more. If you have news to share, questions, comments or suggestions about the webpage, send them on to your friendly neighbourhood volunteer webmaster Heather Patey.

Next group classes: May 28th

See you all there!

Group Class Schedule for Saturday classes, with list of dates

ACSI Camp Registration EXTENDED

We are hosting our annual Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute this summer from June 26-July 1.
A week of top-quality musical education for children ages 0-18 with their parents - with or without Suzuki background.
An excellent way to begin with STEP, or reinforce your STEP experience and broaden your skills.
For more information and to register, visit

Discounted fees for beginners - please inquire!

World Fiddle Day, May 21st

Did you know there is a World Fiddle Day? Countries across the globe like Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, and Australia, as well as other Canadian cities will celebrate World Fiddle Day on May 21, 2016. The St. John's Arts and Culture Centre (ACC) is planning a fiddle jam session for Newfoundland and Labrador to represent our wonderful fiddling community and traditions.

In the afternoon of May 21 anyone who plays, teaches, or has a love of just listening to fiddle music, are invited to bring their string instruments and join in the fun. We want as many people as possible to play three songs together as one giant band. The songs that have been chosen are Mussels in the Corner, Pretty Little Mary, and Auntie Mary, and sheet music will be provided.

In a happy coincidence, fiddling sensations Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy will be in St. John's with their family to kick off a provincial Arts and Culture Centre tour. MacMaster and Leahy will make a special appearance to the afternoon event to celebrate World Fiddle Day and to jam with all the local musicians!

Special Guests: Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy as well as invited local fiddle musicians

This is a FREE event celebrating World Fiddle Day and is open to the public to come listen, and any fiddling and string musicians who wish to participate and are able to play any of the three selected songs. Sheet music will be provided and will be posted on the ACC website, facebook and twitter.

New Students Welcome at STEP

Do you have a young child in whom you'd like to instil a love of music, instrumental skills, increased focusing and listening abilities, ease with performing, and a lifelong foundation in cultural pursuits?

STEP has cultivated beautiful hearts and musical souls in children and families in St. John's for over 30 years. Parents work with their children from any age from 3 up to teenage, in both individual and group settings with our experienced, internationally-certified teachers. The violin or cello is taught by the same method the child learns to speak: through repetition, encouragement, small steps, and constantly building and reinforcing their skills. Our students learn to perform with confidence, both solo and in a group of their peers, and they become part of a musical community that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Our teachers have space right now for new students in either violin or cello, for ages 3 and up.

We encourage you to observe the teaching process before joining: our teachers would welcome you to their studio for a visit.

Please email our friendly staff, Josh and Heather, at for information on our schedule, joining STEP, private lessons and more. We'd be happy to answer your questions and help you begin your journey.

"Music With Your Baby": Early Childhood Education

STEP teaches Early Childhood Education from birth to age 3.

Group classes for our youngest students take place two Saturday mornings a month, at MUN School of Music (dates below).
There is one time slots for children up to age 2.5, and one for those aged 2.5 to 3.
The older children take "Transitions" class, to start planting the seeds of skills they'll need for real violin or cello lessons very soon.
Our classes are now full: Contact us to receive waitlist information.

Calendar and Schedule for FALL/WINTER/SPRING 2015-16

Have a look at our latest Saturday time schedule (as of Jan 9th). It may undergo some small changes, so make sure you have the latest version!

Here is the list of ALL our events for this year. All Solo Concerts are at 11:00am at MUN School of Music unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Events

Use Outlook or iCal? Import the STEP Events calendar into your application!