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Registration for Group Classes in 2019-2020 is OPEN!

Registration for the 2019-2020 season’s group classes is still open! Please read the new Family Handbook (PDF) outlining our updated policies and procedures, and our brand new Group Class Calendar; then head to the STEP Registration 2019-2020 page to fill in the form for your family.

Once the form is complete, payment can be made by Interac e-transfer to, with the password “strings.” Registration will remain open through to September 28.

Body Mapping Drawing Contest

Calling all young artists!

Jennifer Johnson needs some help with a project for one of her books. Your artwork may be featured on the cover!

Deadline: March 4th

Winners will receive a skeleton shirt and a half-hour Body Mapping lesson!

Jennifer’s second book, Teaching Body Mapping to Children, has just been translated into French. The Parisian publisher, Lemoine, is requesting that she change the front cover from what the US publisher chose for a cover, to show children’s drawings of various bony structures of the body. They would like them in colour (or coloured in after the fact).

Let Jennifer know ASAP if you’re interested in helping: it might be your drawing that gets chosen for the new front cover of this book!

At the bottom of this page are several images that belong to the Body Mapping organization that you can make multiple photo-copies of, and use to do both of the following suggestions :

1. Tracing:
Trace parts of body in coloured pencil crayons and/or crayons-
For example: make several copies of the empty body outline and trace a body part from the filled-in body… EITHER the spine OR the skull OR the ribs OR the legs/arms or a few combined but please NOT the whole skeletal system reproduced in one drawing.
Another example -You can trace an outline of the arm or hand from one of these images and then enlarge it perhaps to make a hand a bit bigger- fill in the hand/finger bones and colour the hand bones a different colour than the rest of the finger bones.

2. Drawing Freehand:
After you’ve traced a few times, you are probably ready to just look off of one of the photocopies images and try to draw freehand- ALSO IN COLOUR PLEASE. Again, you can colour different parts of the same structure in different colours. E.g.  if you were doing the skull, you could colour the jaw (a separate bone from the actual skull) a different colour than the rest of the skull.

It’d be best to have drawings to choose from that are fairly accurate but do not look like they’ve all been traced. Colouring a bit out of the lines is encouraged! 🙂

We’ll need several drawings to choose from so please be prolific and HAVE FUN!
The winners would be announced at a public STEP event and will be shown off once the book is published, in print and delivered!

Thanks Everyone for your help- please remember- the deadline is very soon, so get drawing this week if you want to participate! Email Jennifer please as soon as you have some finished:



Here’s more information about Jennifer and Body Mapping. Play pain-free!

Group classes starting January 12th

Welcome back to all members and welcome to new families! Our group classes will recommence this Saturday, January 12th. Check out our slightly revised schedule here: 2018-2019 Group Class Schedule and Calendar.

Thinking about violin or cello lessons for your child, or joining our “Music With Your Baby classes” for children under three? Come watch our classes this week at MUN School of Music, and see for yourself what magic is made from our special combination of music and fun!

STEP Holiday Concert, Dec 8, 2018

Come check out some of the finest young string players in the city, as they showcase their talent and inherent love for music this Christmas season. From toddlers to teens, you’ll hear everything from classical to folk, and perhaps even some Christmas tunes!

Date: Saturday December 8th
Time: 10am
Location: George Street Church

This show is for all ages, and admission is by donation.
We’re also selling tickets on a fantastic gift basket, featuring local treats and goodies! Tickets are 1 for $5, or 3 for $10.

Hope to see you there!

How would your child like to go to the CIRCUS? The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra’s first Masterworks concert of the year will feature not only the most accomplished classical musicians in the city, and visiting artist Jens Lindemann on trumpet, but also the dazzling performers of the Wonderbolt Circus! See for more information about the event and the music.

STEP is holding a “field trip” to this concert for students nine and over, with a parent-chaperone. Tickets for students are $10, and must be reserved with us and paid for by September 22. Please contact us soon at to make sure there will be space for you!

Annual General Meeting

September 22nd, 10am
Location: Sobeys Howley Estates Community Room

Interested in volunteering in your community?


STEP is a non-profit organization in St. John’s dedicated to the development of young musicians through the Suzuki Method, governed by a volunteer board of directors who meet each month. We’re seeking 3 new members to join our team at the AGM!

For more information:

Registration is now OPEN for the 2018-19 year!


We’re all ready to welcome back our lovely students for another year of fun and learning in making music! Please register as soon as possible so that we can be sure all our classes will have enough students to go ahead.

Returning families had an email sent to them mid-August with the classes to which their children are assigned. If you did not receive one, or if you have questions about the assignments, please write us at

New families: please write us first and we’ll explain how everything works and what to register for.

See the Group Class Schedule and Calendar page for class times and dates.


Come play with us!

STEP is accepting new members for the 2019-2020 season! Do you have a child 3 or older to whom you wish to give the gift of a lifetime of music? The Suzuki Talent Education Program has been cultivating beautiful hearts and musical souls in children and families in St. John’s for over 35 years. We offer violin, viola, and cello lessons (private and group) to children as young as 3 – it’s true, the younger they start, the better. They grow so quickly… let us help them blossom.

Your child will enjoy private lessons in your choice of stringed instrument with one of our highly trained faculty; group classes on Saturday mornings with their friends at the same age and level; and concerts and other events at which to play and listen. Parents are essential team members at STEP; you and your child will learn together and build a strong bond.

We welcome younger children too, offering Early Childhood Education classes for under-threes with their parents. No need to wait – fill your little one’s life with music and fun!

Please email us at for more information. You can also sign up for private teaching studio space on our waitlist We would love to hear from you!

NLSI/ICMI 2018 Schedules are out!

We’re almost ready for NLSI and ICMI to begin!

Daily schedules for all participants, as well as the master schedule, have been emailed to everyone. If you didn’t receive yours, please write and we’ll make sure you get it.

Registration check-in is on Sunday, at Rennies River School, anytime between 12pm-1:45pm.  At 2pm will be the opening play-in concert, where our teachers will be introduced and all our returning students will play together – don’t miss it!