Beginning Music Theory

June 2 - 4, 9 & 10

3:30 - 4:30 PM


Studying the elements that make up major and minor scales and basic chords, including intervals. A basic concept of key signatures and note reading encouraged. Students should have access to a piano, keyboard, or keyboard app to use during the class.

Age: Middle school and up

Teacher: Hellen Weberpal

Introduction to Note Reading

(Treble/Violin Clef)                

Age 5 - 7 

June 8 - 12

10:00 - 10:45 AM


Age 8 - 10 

June 8 - 12

11:00 - 11:45 AM


In this intro class, we will learn to make the connection between knowing the musical alphabets and recognizing them on sheet music, and make the association of notation to the instrument. We will also learn to read basic rhythms that are found in Suzuki Book 1. Lastly, we will dance to those rhythms! In addition to student’s instrument, please prepare index cards, notebook, staff paper (print from info email after registration) and pens/markers. 

Teacher: Pei-Ju Wu

So You Think You Can Read?

Intermediate Note Reading Class 

(Treble/Violin Clef)

June 15 - 19

11:00 - 11:45 AM


For those who are comfortable reading music from the Suzuki book they are working on now, we’ll dig a little deeper on the more complex rhythms and internalize them with body movements. We’ll also talk about time signatures, touch on basic conducting, and do some sight reading exercises. (Requirement: being able to keep a steady beat, understand 4er note, 8th note, 16th note, 1/2 note, whole note, and dotted note. Check with your teacher if you are unsure.) please prepare index cards, notebook, staff paper (print from info email after registration) and pens/markers. 

Teacher: Pei-Ju Wu

Cello Enrichment Class

Book 1 - 2

June 15 - 19

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Book 3 - 4

June 15 - 19

11:00 - 11:50 AM


Supplementing STEP's traditional group class, this enrichment class will include activities and games that focus on technique, note-reading, listening skills, and music history.

Teacher: Laura Usiskin

Playing Together: Exploring the String Quartet

June 22 - 26

10:00 - 11:00 AM


This class will listen to excerpts from four selected string quartets (probably only certain movements), one each by Haydn, Beethoven, Ravel, and Shostakovich. We will discuss form, emotions and characteristics of each work, and even basic compositional approaches. Prior listening to each work will be recommended. Suzuki Book 3 and above. Open to all string players. 

Teacher: Sam Nordlund

Parents Club:

Supplemental Reading and Violin Basics

June 8, 15, 22, 29

7:30 - 8:45 PM

(dates/times may be adjusted based on enrollment)


Join in on a BYOB Zoom book club for parents (singles or couples) discussing Ability Development from Zero by S. Suzuki (e-book included). The first half of the class is open to all parents. The second half will cover violin basics geared towards parents of beginners and parents considering starting their child.

Teacher: Sarah Dennis


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