Our Programs

Three streams of programming for students of all backgrounds!

Core Programs for Current Suzuki Students

Core Programs for Current Suzuki Students

Twinklers

(up to Go Tell Aunt Rhody) – About 3.5 hours per day

Twinkler Daily Program consists of:

  • 25-minute group class
  • 55-minute masterclass
  • 25-minute choir rehearsal
  • 25-minute Orff class
  • concert participation

Twinklers will perform in the welcome play-in, potential solo concert, and the Friday
afternoon concert. Only one 25-min optional class is recommended at this
level. Your days should be done by 2 PM.

Mid Book 1-Mid Book 2, ages up to 9

(O Come Little Children to Handel Bourree (violinists)/March in G (cellists) About 3.5 hours per day

Daily program consists of:

  • 25-minute group class
  • 55-minute masterclass
  • 25-minute Choir
  • 25-minute Orff class
  • concert participation

Mid Book 1-Mid Book 2, Ages 10+

(O Come Little Children to Handel Bourree (violinists/March in G (cellists)  About 4 hours per day

  • 55-minute group class
  • 55-minute masterclass
  • 25-minute Choir
  • 25-minute Junior Orchestra rehearsal
  • concert participation

Book 1- Mid-Book 2 students will play in the welcome play-in, potential solo concert, and likely both Friday afternoon and evening concerts. Depending on age – more classes for older children – we recommend up to two 25-minute optional classes. The day should be done by 3 PM.

Middle Books up to Age 9

(Violinists: Two Grenadiers to end of Book 5/Cellists: Witches’ Dance to end of Book 3) About 4 hours per day

Daily program includes:

  • 55-minute group class
  • 55-minute masterclass
  • 25-minute Junior Orchestra rehearsal
  • 25-minute Mixed Bag
  • concert participation

Middle Books Ages 10+

(Violinists: Two Grenadiers to end of Book 5/Cellists: Witches’ Dance to end of Book 3) About 4 hours per day

Daily program includes:

  • 55-minute group class
  • 55-minute masterclass
  • 55-minute Senior Orchestra rehearsal
  • concert participation

Late Book 2-5 students will perform in the welcome play-in, potential solo concert, and likely both Friday concerts. The day will likely be done between 3 and 4 PM. Up to 2 hours of optional classes are able to be accommodated for students at this level.

The Iceberg Chamber Music Institute

For the second year, we have spun off our advanced programs into a separate chamber institute that will run parallel to NLSI.  The Iceberg Chamber Music Institute is for advanced string players interested in gaining chamber music experience.

The Iceberg Chamber Music Institute is for advanced string players interested in gaining chamber music experience. The playing level of applicants should be:

  • Suzuki Violin book 6 or RCM violin grade 7
  • Suzuki Viola book 4 or RCM viola grade 5
  • Suzuki Cello book 4 or RCM cello grade 5
  • and/or by teacher recommendation.

ICMI acceptance will also depend on the instrumentation balance and the playing level of other applicants. While there is no specific age requirement, ICMI is designed primarily for students between ages 12 to 18. Students who apply should be highly motivated, have previous chamber music experience and have the maturity necessary for some self-direction.

Register and find more information at icebergchambermusic.ca

Core Programs for Non-Suzuki Students

Core Programs for Non-Suzuki Students

Music with Your Baby: Infant/Toddler Music

Classes are 55 minutes long and include singing, dancing, counting in multiple languages, live violin music, marching, percussion instruments, story time, and a personal parent keepsake journal. Experience and instruments are not needed but parent involvement is crucial!

Suzuki Siblings Program

This program is geared towards younger children (ages 5 and above) who are not currently enrolled in STEP. Children participate in three general music classes: Choir, Mixed Bag, and Orff.

Starting with Suzuki: Violin and Cello

(for families new to STEP and current STEP families)

This class is for children (4-9) who wish to learn the foundations required to begin the violin or cello. Siblings (age 3) of STEP students may participate at the Institute Director’s discretion.   The Starting with Suzuki program includes:

  • 25-minute masterclass
  • 25-minute group class
  • a 25-minute parent lecture for new STEP parents (with babysitting provided)
  • choir
  • Orff class
  • Observation class

Visiting Students Bundle Option A

(For students up to age 9, violinists and cellists at RCM Level 3)

Daily Program Includes:

  • 25-minute Junior Orchestra rehearsal
  • 25-minute Intro to Chamber Music rehearsal
  • 25-minute Mixed Bag class

Visiting Students Bundle Option B

(For students ages 10+, violinists and cellists at RCM Level 4 or higher)

Daily Program Includes:

  • 55-minute Senior Orchestra rehearsal
  • 55-minute Chamber Music rehearsal
  • 25-minute Mixed Bag class

NLSI Piano Experience Option A

(for students up to age 9, up to approximately an RCM Level 3)

Daily Program Includes:

  • 25-minute individual lesson
  • 25-minute Intro to Chamber Music Class
  • 25-minute Mixed Bag class

NLSI Piano Experience Option B

(for students age 10 and older, approximately RCM Level 4+)

Daily Program Includes:

  • 25-minute individual lesson
  • 55-minute Chamber Music Class
  • 25-minute Mixed Bag class

Optional Classes available to All Students

Optional Classes available to All Students

Fiddle-Beginner and Intermediate

The Beginner and Intermediate Fiddle group classes are 25 minutes long, and consist of instruction in traditional Newfoundland fiddle music. This group class welcomes all string players, including violists
and cellists. You can learn fiddle tunes no matter what size your fiddle is!
Beginner Fiddle pre-requisite: Minuet 1 or students with little or no fiddle experience
Intermediate Fiddle pre-requisite: Two Grenadiers in Book 2

Performance at the end of the week! This class is open to all students-you don’t have to be enrolled in the Suzuki Program to take it.

Fiddle-Advanced

The Advanced Fiddle group class is 55 minutes long, and consist of instruction in traditional Newfoundland
fiddle music. Similarly to the beginner and intermediate classes, this group class welcomes all string players, including violists and cellists.  Advanced fiddlers will also perform at the end of the week, and this class is open to all students-you don’t have to be enrolled in the Suzuki Program to take it.

Advanced Fiddle pre-requisite: Bourree by Bach in Book 3

Orchestra (Junior and Senior)

Orchestras provide experience in sight-reading, ensemble playing and performance. The program offers a daily rehearsal with an experienced conductor and a final performance. The orchestra(s) will be divided into groups of similar age, level and ability. If you’re already enrolled in the “Middle Books” program, orchestra is included.

This class allows young musicians from outside of STEP to join the NLSI orchestras for their rehearsals and performances. Junior Orchestra (25-minute rehearsal) is for students with RCM Grade 2 while students in Grade 3 or higher should choose Senior Orchestra (55-minute rehearsal).

Intro to Chamber Music

This class consists of a daily 25-minute coaching with a chamber music specialist. The objective is to introduce students of similar abilities to the fine art of playing in small ensembles (duet, quartet, trio). The groups will perform in a concert. For students in Mid Book 2 to Mid Book 3 (Humoresque).

Chamber Music

A daily 55-minute coaching to develop ensemble playing skills. The groups will perform in a concert. For students above Mid Book 3 (Humoresque).

Extended Chamber Music

An opportunity for students age 12+. This optional program offers a daily 55-minute chamber music coaching each day from July 1-8, running concurrently with the Iceberg Chamber Music Institute. Groups will perform their selections on the July 8th final concert. It also includes social activities with other participants in Extended Chamber Music and the Iceberg Chamber Music Institute.  No late registration allowed – final deadline May 12th to allow us to assign music.

Mixed Bag

This 25-minute class is a hodgepodge of all sorts of activities. Each day, you will experience something different and new! Activities may include familiar favourites like Improv Jams, Newfoundland Dance, as well as a variety of other exciting activities. Mixed Bag is available to all students, and classes are divided by age.

Body Mapping

This 25-minute group class will focus on healthy movement and movement training.

 

Parent Violin/Cello Classes – Core repertoire, Chamber Music, and Fiddle available

We welcome enthusiastic parents who want to play violin or cello along with their children at home and enrich their musical understanding. Based on interest and registration we can offer 25-minute core group classes, a fiddle class or chamber ensemble just for parents! These classes are for STEP parents, both for beginners and those with previous playing experience. Highly recommended for the parents of students in the Twinkle Program. An instrument is required. If you’re not sure this is for you, just email us for details!