Group Lesson Information

Students must be studying with a trained Suzuki method teacher in order to attend group lessons.

Group lessons are an integral part of a Suzuki method education. They are designed to support and review the skills learned in each student’s private lessons and raise the mastery level of the pieces the students have learned. Additional goals are to learn to play together with other students, to build confidence by playing with and for others in the comfort and safety of a group setting, and to experience the joy of making music with peers.

Children are motivated and inspired by exposure and interactions with other young musicians. They enjoy playing their instruments together and making friends that love music, too. They feel as if they belong to a team, which makes the learning enjoyable. The learning benefits are enormous. Group provides a network and support for parents.

FSTE group lessons are taken in addition to the weekly private lesson. Students are grouped by ability level rather than age. We consider group lessons to be an essential part of Suzuki method instruction. To register, students must be studying with a trained Suzuki method teacher.

Group Lesson information for 2021-2022 during the COVID-19 pandemic

Violin, Cello and Guitar classes will be held in person at University Park Elementary. We have received approval from the school district to hold our weekly group classes and will follow the district guidelines as they become available. FSTE will require that all participants and parents wear a face mask and to stay home if feeling sick or showing any symptoms of Covid-19. We are asking that parents do not bring siblings who are not participating in the program. One parent to one child. At this time, flute classes will be available on Zoom until further notice. We look forward to getting back to normal as we navigate these challenging times.

August 20: Registration for Fall Semester Opens Online

September 2: Registration Closes Online (Late fees will apply after this date) Scholarship Application Deadline

September 9: Group Classes Start

December 9: Group Classes End

Class times will be 6:00-6:45 and 6:45-7:30. Class assignments will be emailed prior to September 9.



Fairbanks School of Talent Education aspires to improve the quality of life in Alaska through Suzuki music education. We create a learning community that embraces excellence and nurtures lifelong learning of children, parents and teachers.

The Fairbanks School of Talent Education is a nonprofit educational corporation that provides classes for violin, viola, cello, flute, and guitar utilizing the Suzuki method of music education. Our name, “School of Talent Education” supports the philosophy that talent is learned through consistent practice and encouragement. Every child can develop musical ability.