Our Programs

Several streams of programming for students of all backgrounds!

Core Programs for Current Suzuki Students

Core Programs for Current Suzuki Students

Twinklers

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

Program includes:

  • 25-55 minute Masterclass
  • 25 minute Group Class
  • Two 25 min Enrichment Classes (depending on age + level): Orff, Choir, Mixed Bag
  • Optional Solo Concert Performance
  • Final Concert Showcase

Register for “Twinklers”

Book 1-Mid Book 2

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

Program includes:

  • 25-55 minute Masterclass
  • 25 minute Group Class
  • Two 25 min Enrichment Classes (depending on age + level): Orff, Choir, Mixed Bag
  • Optional Solo Concert Performance
  • Final Concert Showcase

Register for “Book 1 to Mid Book 2”

Late Book 2 to end of Book 5

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

Program includes:

  • 55 minute Masterclass
  • 25-55 minute group class
  • 25-55 minute Orchestra rehearsal
  • Optional Solo Concert Performance
  • Final Concert Showcase

Register for “Late Book 2 to end of Book 5”

Iceberg Chamber Music Institute

Our advanced students attend ICMI,  a separate chamber institute that run parallel to NLSI.  For students 12 and up, at Suzuki books 6 and up or equivalent. Register and find more information at icebergchambermusic.ca

Programs for Non-Suzuki Students

Programs for Non-Suzuki Students

Music with Your Baby: Infant/Toddler Music

A 55-minute daily class for children aged 0-3, as well as the opportunity to observe beginner classes and performances. This class will give you a glimpse of what we normally offer as part of our baby program which runs September-June. Experience and instruments are not needed but parent involvement is crucial! Come try it out!

Register for “Music With Your Baby”

Enrichment/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.

Register for “Enrichment/Siblings Program”

Starting with Suzuki: Violin and Cello

(for families new to STEP and current STEP families)

This class is for children (4-7) who wish to learn the foundations required to begin the violin or cello. The Starting with Suzuki program includes:

  • 25-minute masterclass (short individual lessons in a group setting)
  • 25-minute group class
  • Choir
  • Orff class
  • Observation class

Register for “Starting With Suzuki”

Optional Classes available to All Students

Optional Classes available to All Students

Chamber music: see below

Fiddle Class

The Fiddle group classes (divided by age and level) are 25 minutes long (55 for Advanced), and consist of instruction in traditional fiddle music, taught by ear. This group class welcomes all string players, including violists and cellists. You can learn fiddle tunes no matter what size your fiddle is!

Performance at the end of the week! This class is open to all students: you don’t have to be enrolled in a Suzuki Program to take it. To take Fiddle, students should be at Book 2 level. Advanced Fiddle prerequisite: end of Book 3. If non-Suzuki, ask your teacher if this is the right level for you.

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 a core program, orchestra may be 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).

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 6+, and classes are divided by age. If you’re already enrolled in a core program, Mixed Bag may be included.

Register for “Mixed Bag”

Body Mapping

This 25-minute group class will focus on healthy movement and movement training, taught by by Jennifer Johnson, one of the world’s leading experts in the subject. All ages welcome including parents!

Register for “Body Mapping”

Chamber Music Programs:

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). Open to non-Suzuki students as well, on recommendation from your teacher.

Register for “Intro to Chamber Music”

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). Open to non-Suzuki students as well, on recommendation from your teacher.

Register for “Chamber Music”

Extended Chamber Music

An opportunity for NLSI students age 12+. This optional program offers a daily 55-minute chamber music coaching each day from June 29-July 5, running concurrently with the Iceberg Chamber Music Institute. Groups will perform their selections on the July 5th final concert. It also includes social activities with other participants in Extended Chamber Music and the Iceberg Chamber Music Institute. Open to non-Suzuki students as well, on recommendation from your teacher. 

Register for “Extended Chamber Music”