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, 22 February 2018
    Hello STEP Community!

    There are no regular group classes this week, Feb 24th, but there’s lots going on regardless. Here’s some info for the upcoming weekend.

    Another Winterfest is over – we hope everyone that attended had a good time! It’s a lot of work for our Artistic Director and admin staff to put together all the new schedules, visiting instructors, and events, so we would really like to hear from you about your experience.

    WINTERFEST SURVEY: please fill this out, even if you didn’t go. It’ll be a great help in planning for next year.  Contributors will be entered into a draw for a STEP T-shirt, in your choice of size! Winner to be announced on Thursday March 15th.

    This Saturday:

    Music with Your Baby students (not “Transitions”) will have an “Extra” class with Valerie, 9:45 at MUN in Chamber Room 1001 as usual.

    Fiddle Day at MMaP:
    Jam Session at 9:30-10:30… for all fiddle fans, whether you know 2 tunes or 20, come out and play your favourites, and maybe try something new.
    Senior Fiddle Ensemble rehearsal at 10:30-12 noon. Last rehearsal before Kiwanis!

    All three of STEP’s performing groups are in the Kiwanis Music Festival this year. Please come out and support your friends and classmates, and get some great inspiration for what’s ahead for younger students.

    – YES (Youth Ensemble of Suzuki): Saturday Feb 24th, D. F, Cook Hall, MUN School of Music, 3:10pm
    – Young Virtuosi: Saturday Feb 24th, D. F. Cook Hall, MUN School of Music, 7:45pm
    – STEP Fiddlers: Saturday Feb 24th, D. F. Cook Hall, MUN School of Music, 8:20pm

    Some of our students, individually, will be playing in strings classes on Sunday Feb 25th – do support them too if you can. Check out the full schedule at http://www.kiwanismusicfestivalsj.org/.
    Best wishes to all participants!

    Maria Cherwick, a member of our fiddle faculty, is also part of her family’s Ukrainian band, the Kubasonics. They are having a family-friendly Matinee Concert and Dance Workshop, Saturday afternoon at 2pm at the Elks Club. They are high-energy, super-skilled musicians with a lot of weird instruments 🙂 – it’s going to be a fantastically fun time for all ages! Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1813806125586709/

    CAMP registration is open! It’s a terrific week stuffed full of fun and learning, July 1st to 6th, for young string students (and pre-instrument little ones too) and their parents. Sign up at http://nlsi.ca for the Newfoundland and Labrador Suzuki Institute, or, for advanced chamber-music players, http://icebergchambermusic.ca. Questions? Write Carole or Kate at nlsidirector@gmail.com.

    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.

    Have a great weekend everyone- make sure to make time to listen, practise, and have fun with music!

    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.