Private lessons are the cornerstone for success in the development of every child's musical ability. Weekly lessons are required for all students and are offered to students ages 4 and up of all levels of ability. New students may begin lessons at anytime during the teaching quarter. Student may study in 30, 45, or 60 minute lessons, which are up to the discretion of the teacher.
STEP offers :
Group Classes & Orchestra
Group classes are held 9 times per semester and are an essential aspect of the Suzuki Method. Classes are offered for both beginning and intermediate levels. Each student is assigned to a group based on their age and skill level. Each group class is 45 minute. Group classes incorporate many aspects of playing as well as movement, reading, and ensemble. Group classes perform at least once per semester. Additional performance opportunities sometimes include Magic City Arts Connection, German Food Festival, Levite JCC, Ronald McDonald House and more.
1:00 - 1:30 pm Violin Group Class A (Book 1)
2:00 - 2:45 pm Violin Group Class B (Book 2 - 3)
3:00 - 3:45 pm Violin Group Class C (Book 4 and up)
3:00 - 3:45 pm Cello Group Class (Book 1 & 2)
4:15 - 5:00 pm String Orchestra (Violin, Viola, and Cello Book 3 and up)
6:00 - 7:30 pm Adult Cello Group Class
Once a year, STEP Birmingham holds a Parent Talk to help assist parents in practicing at home with their children, and to give an opportunity for parents to discuss their experiences in raising a Suzuki student in an open warm environment.
Students are given a variety of opportunities to perform throughout the year. There are the annual group "Play Down" recital, end of year STEP recital, and the less formal, monthly Sunday recitals. Graduation Book Recitals also happen twice a year, for those students who are ready to move on to a new Suzuki Book.
These recitals are a chance for the students to hone their performance skills and gain confidence in their playing.
STEP Birmingham brings in some of the most famous Suzuki teachers from around the country once a while for a weekend workshop.