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 in this year of COVID-19 pandemic

Our spring 2021 semester will be using Zoom Group Classes online. Any in person classes will only be held if the Covid numbers are low enough to ensure everyone’s safety. The Registration Form will be available on the registration page on December 31..

December 31: Registration for Spring Semester Opens Online

January 14: Registration Closes Online (Late fees will apply after this date) Scholarship Application Deadline

January 21: Group Classes Start

April 22: Group Classes End

Class times will be 6:00-6:40pm and 6:50-7:30pm. Class assignments, with links to the zoom meetings will be emailed prior to January 21.

String players must be able to play Book 1 “Allegro”

 We offer scholarships for group lessons, the application can be found here.



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.