Why should you become a member of STE?
1. Private and group lessons are offered as one package
-Play in an orchestra
-Experience chamber music
-Participate in Suzuki repertoire classes
Our music lesson package consists of an individual lesson and a group lesson every week.
2. Teacher Training
- All teachers at STE are required to receive specialized Suzuki teacher training, and they are members of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. New teachers go through our mentorship programme with senior teachers. Throughout the year, our Society has also organized various events such as group class teacher training workshops and specific instrument and book level teacher training courses.
3. Competitive lesson fees
- Founded in 1965, STE is a registered, charitable and non-profit organization. In support of our program, we have received donations from various families, organizations, as well as from the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
4. STE offers two scholarships
- Jed Fisk Scholarship: In memory of our former student Jed Delaney Patrick Fisk, students are nominated for exhibiting “an extraordinary amount of drive and diligent work”. It awards students for their outstanding achievement in the Suzuki program. The award must be used towards attending a Suzuki music workshop or institute.
- Grazyna Sobieraj Memorial Award In memory of our former faculty member, Grazyna Sobieraj, this scholarship is intended for senior cello students attending the Alberta Summer Institute.
- Joint Music Bursary program with the Suzuki Charter School (SCS) This Music Bursary was first introduced in September 2011. It provides financial assistance to students attending both STE and SCS.
- STE Hardship Fund The hardship fund was established in April 2017. It helps STE members pay for their lessons with STE.
6. Alberta Suzuki Summer Institute
- Offered every other year, this music camp offers a time of intensive training, study, inspiration and fun for all members of the Suzuki community. From toddlers to teenagers, to parents and teachers, there is something for everyone. Renowned Suzuki teachers from different parts of the world are invited to teach at the workshops. Based on Dr. Suzuki’s original Summer School in Matsumoto, Japan, the Alberta Suzuki Summer Institute is approved by the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). Some programmes offered at the Alberta Suzuki Summer Institute include: Early Childhood workshop, Chamber music, Orchestra and teacher training.
7. Concert and performance opportunities
- Betty Parker-Jervis Concert: In honour of Betty Parker-Jervis, who served as President of the Society for Talent Education for 19 years.
- Studio Recitals: Teachers organize studio recitals for their private students, especially at the end of the school year
- Solo day: group night event where students playing different instruments have the opportunity to perform for each other
- Community “Share and Care” Concerts Group classes reach out to the community and perform music at various locations such as community centres, senior homes, and the legislature.
- Ensemble performances Showcases our senior groups, where they have the opportunity to perform at concerts, their orchestral pieces, chamber music trios and quartets. In past years, senior groups have also gone to compete at the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival.
- Gala Graduation Concert: A special event of roses, certificates and faculty accompaniment not to be missed! This concert is usually held in March, celebrating milestone achievements of students, their parents and their teachers. It is a Suzuki tradition for different faculty members to listen to graduation CDs prepared by students and their private teachers.
- Lottery Concert: A cornerstone to the Suzuki method is to regularly review old repertoire. This important principle allows the student to build upon the skills they have learned, to deepen their musicality and to find more joy in the music they play.
Students randomly draw and perform a piece out of a list of prepared pieces.
At STE, our motto is, “Every Child Can”. It is our mission is to provide your child with quality music education that will always stay with them. Being part of STE, your child will learn much more than just how to play an instrument. They will learn about stage presence, about sharing music with the community, how to practice diligently and overcome obstacles, and most importantly, how to play music from the heart so that it nurtures the soul.
Your child deserves it. Come and join us- a community oriented, enriched with music learning environment!
You are making a wonderful investment in your child’s future.