STEP-by-STEP: Suzuki Talent Education Program

3-STEP Suzuki Family Music Program Highlights

The Hong Kong Suzuki Music Institute (HKSMI) runs a Suzuki Talent Education Program known as our STEP program, here are some highlights:

  • Every Child can learn and LOVE music!! [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
    • Child-Centered Music Education
    • Children make musical friends, this creates motivation to practice and play.
    • Non-stressful Performance opportunities.
    • Children Love making Music with their Parents and Friends!
    • “Talent” is Educated – Not Inborn – Everyone can Learn
    • Nurturing, Supportive, and Fun Social Learning Environment [/read]
  • STEP-by-STEP Teaching Method [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

    • Complex tasks broken down into success-oriented and achievable steps
    • Child and parent feel motivated and confident in their musical journey
    • 3-STEP Family Music Program
      • You can join at any stage!
      • Music for the whole family! [/read]
  • Parents Learn Music with their children! [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

    • No experience needed!
    • The teacher teaches the parent how to help the child at home. [/read]
  • Many Performance Opportunities! [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
    • Frequent opportunities to perform in non-stressful situations.
    • Builds confidence in public presentations.
    • Children remember their previous pieces and develop a concert-ready repertoire. [/read]
  • Fun Graduation Recitals [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
    • Graded Graduations for violinists, but only when they are ready.
    • Every Child Progresses at their own pace! No Deadlines!
    • No stressful exams or competitions. [/read]
  • Internationally Recognized Curriculum [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
    • There will be a Suzuki program anywhere you move!
    • Travel in the summer? you can join a Suzuki institute anywhere!
    • (ca. 250,000 students worldwide) [/read]
  • Highly Qualified and Experienced Teachers [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

    • Graduate degrees in music
    • Decades of teaching experience
    • Extensive Suzuki Pedagogical Training [/read]

Program Progression

STEP 1: Infant-Toddler Music (6m-2yrs)


STEP 2: Pre-Violin Program (3 yrs)


STEP 3: Violin & Viola Program (Beginners, ages 4-7)


Further Studies

including orchestra, chamber music, folk music and more!

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Ability Develops Early – S. Suzuki






STEP 1: Infant-Toddler Music (Ages 6m-2yrs):

  • Live Violin Music Every Week
  • Children Play Percussion & Sing
  • Develops English Language & Social Skills
  • Classic English Nursery Rhymes
  • CD to support Parents in learning song lyrics
  • 55-min weekly class
  • 24 musical activities per class
  • and more!

[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] This program allows your family to grow together in music, starting when your child is an infant or toddler. The 55-minute class is based on nursery rhymes and includes lots of singing, movement, counting and taking turns.

This is both a stand-alone program and the first step in the HKSMI’s larger arch of programing of children’s music.

STEP 1 students are on the preferential wait list for our STEP 2 program. [/read]

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Small Success Oriented Steps Help Children and Parents Love Making Music Together







STEP 2: Pre-Violin Program (Age 3):

  • Prepare your 3 year old for violin lessons!
  • Lots of movement for active 3 year olds!
  • Supports development in:
    • English Language
    • Social Skills
    • Fine Motor Control Skills
    • Attention Span
    • Musical Skills
  • Progressive Curriculum
    • No instrument needed to start!
  • Parents learn too!
    • No musical experience needed
  • 55-minute weekly class
  • Class Limit: 5

[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]This class introduces basic pre-instrument games and musical elements to prepare them for instrumental lessons.

It is expected that students in this program are planning to continue on into the instrumental program. It is suggested that students enter the STEP 1 program before STEP 2. However, 3 year olds may enter STEP 2 upon consultation with the director.

STEP 2 students are on the preferential wait list for our STEP 3 Instrumental program. [/read]

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Children Love to Play Music Together!






STEP 3: Beginner Violin & Viola Program (Ages 4-7):

  • Nurturing, Supportive, and Child-Centered Educational Environment
  • Motivational and Multiple Learning Styles
    • Direct learning – Teacher-to-student
    • Indirect observational learning – student watching other students learn
  • Two lessons per week
    • 55-min semi-private master class lesson (where you learn to play the violin)
      • class limit of 2
    • 45-min group class (where you learn ensemble and team skills)
      • class limit of 15
  • Parents learn to play the violin as well!
    • no musical experience needed!
  • Non-Stressful Performance Opportunities
  • Progressive Graduation Recitals
    • No stressful exams or competitions
    • Children progress at their own pace – no deadlines to learn!
    • Certificates issued
  • Internationally Acclaimed and Recognized Curriculum
  • Highly Qualified and Experienced Teachers

[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Once a student is deemed ready by the director, they may enter the instrumental program. Beginners are accepted from ages 4 to 7.

Step 3 students are on the preferential list for future added programs such as orchestras, chamber ensembles and other programs or events.

Currently HKSMI is offering violin and viola lessons for beginners. We will add other instruments as we expand in the next few years.

An in-person interview with the director is required for admittance to the instrumental program. [/read]

Further Studies: As students grow and need to be challenged in their musical development there will be supplemental classes in music reading, orchestra, chamber music, improvisation, and folk music available.

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