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Upcoming Events

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:

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!

Every Child Can!©

STEP will be offering “Every Child Can!©”, a one-day course in Suzuki educational philosophy given by master teacher-trainer Susan Gagnon.  This course provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning. For teachers, it is the first prerequisite to further Suzuki-certified teacher training; and, for parents, a thorough preparation for starting STEP lessons with your child.

Who should attend?

  • Parents and caregivers of young children,
  • music teachers and prospective music teachers,
  • early-childhood-education professionals,
  • and all others interested in learning about the Suzuki approach to education,


  • Date: Saturday June 30th
  • Time: 12:30-3:30pm, 4:30-7:30pm, six hours in total
  • Location: Merrymeeting Road Sobeys Community Room (Central St. John’s)
  • Fee:

Register here:

Winterfest is here!

Winterfest is here! This Saturday, Feb 17th, is a time for everyone to shake it up, swapping out regular classes for lots of new things to try, and getting together to all have some fun.

Everyone moves with their group class, through two to four short activities during the morning. Don’t miss the giant JAM SESSION at 10:30 for absolutely everyone! And there’s even a Body Mapping Class for Parents too.

The day continues with more great activities (all free admission):

KITCHEN PARTY @ the Geo Centre: 2:30-4:00 PM
RECEPTION: 5:00-6:00 PM, Instrumental Room (Room 1034) at MUN Music. Pre-order your Pizza in the morning! Drinks provided, please contribute snacks and sweets.
SENIOR PLAYERS + FACULTY CONCERT: 6:00-7:00 PM in Suncor Hall (MUN Music)

More info, including times and rooms, and full class descriptions, at

STEP Holiday Concert

Join us at STEP’s 2017 Holiday Concert!

  • Saturday, December 16th 2017, 10am
  • George Street Church

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! Rumour has it that a special visitor (wearing a red suit!) may pay us a visit :).

We’d like to offer a special welcome to all STEP Alumni students and parents, as this year marks STEP’s 35th birthday!!!

This show is for all ages, and admission is by donation.

Facebook event:

Hello STEP Community!

As you know, we have a snowstorm coming in – it now looks like the worst of it (with some serious winds) will be hitting in the morning just as we would be having group classes, so in the interests of safety we will be cancelling all group classes tomorrow.
The next STEP event is our solo concert next Saturday (the 28th).
We’ll see you then!

Book Launch! Teaching Body Mapping to Children

We would like to invite you to the launch of Jennifer Johnson’s book Teaching Body Mapping to Children: Overcoming and Preventing Injury in the Music Studio and Classroom.
We are glad to say the book was well-received in the Suzuki world at large- Ed Kreitman, one of the world’s leading Suzuki pedagogues and Trainers had this to say about it:
“Jennifer Johnson has drawn on her vast experience as an Andover Educator, musician and teacher to bring us an invaluable resource. Her explanations of “Body mapping” and what it means to “mis-map” bring new insights to anyone who is teaching a musical instrument to children.  This comprehensive book covers every area of the body. Each chapter is filled with useful “pre-cursor red flags” for typical mis-use patterns and provides wonderful explanations and activities to help children bring new awareness to their body. Through awareness, old habitual patterns are released allowing for the freedom and balance necessary for a lifetime of pain free playing.  This book should be required reading for everyone in the music teaching profession.”
Edward Kreitman
Suzuki Association of the Americas Registered Teacher Trainer
Author – Teaching from the Balance Point and Teaching with an Open Heart
The launch will be a drop-in at 35 Monkstown Road (home of Rodney de Vries and Calla Lachance) on Sunday, January 8th, 2017,  between the hours of 3:00-6:00 p.m.  There will be wine and cheese, other delectables and good company!  We’d love to see you there!
(If you are unable to attend but are interested in the book, we’ve included a link below to Teaching Body Mapping’s page on the publisher’s website.)
Happy Holidays to you All and hope you can make it on January 8th!