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  • Spring Recitals – March 13 & 20

    March 13th Recital STEA Spring Recitals: Suzuki solo recitals are special events featuring the students in a formal setting so that they have the opportunity to focus their attention on a single piece of music and perfect it with complete mastery and also gives them an impetus to incorporate all the skills they have been […]

  • 2013 Holiday Concert

    Next month, on December 10, 7 PM, STEA is presenting a Holiday Concert at First Presbyterian Church (Kingsport) which will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank! We will be collecting Food Items or donations which will be used by the Food Bank to help those in need this Christmas season. One of the great things […]


    We periodically purchase beautiful STEA polo shirts in a shade of red to remind us of the visual themes of our website, emblazoned with the embroidered STEA logo of music and mountains over the heart! STEA students are sometimes asked to wear these shirts when we perform as a group at various outreach activities so […]

  • Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks”

    In honor of the 4th of July, I thought it appropriate to discuss a piece of music that was specifically written for something that will occur quite loudly today – fireworks! G.F. Handel was a baroque composer who lived roughly around the same time as J.S. Bach. In the Suzuki violin world, we know Handel […]

  • Teamwork in Suzuki Families

    Learning an instrument is hard work – no bones about it. It could be the piano, cello, flute, or any instrument. In this case, my instrument is the violin. For a Suzuki family, there should always be a team. The student, the teacher, and the parent. Many times it is easy to focus on the […]

  • Virginia Suzuki Institute

    I am currently attending the Virginia Suzuki Institute, which is handily located 10 miles from my residence in Abingdon, VA. I’m studying with Suzuki Master Teacher Libby Armour (from Memphis, TN) and learning lots of instructional tips and tricks, as well as advice on playing, practicing, etc. I hope to be able to share some […]

  • Baroque Composers: J.S. Bach

    In honor of STEA’s recent performance of J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, I thought I’d start a little series of blog posts on Bach and his contemporaries. Johann Sebastian Bach is perhaps best known for his prolific writing of music – he apparently composed over 1,000 pieces of music during his 65 years of […]