The Lake Superior Suzuki Talent Education Program (LS-STEP) was founded in 1974 by Nancy Lokken and continues as a thriving component of the UMD Fine Arts Academy. LS-STEP is committed to offering musical training that supports the Suzuki Philosophy of learning, following international standards set forth by the Suzuki Method of teaching.
Instruction is available on violin, viola, cello, harp, guitar, and piano. The Suzuki program consists of two seventeen week semesters beginning in early September. Students receive both weekly private and group lessons as well as performing opportunities. Enrollment in music reading, piano theory and string ensemble class is determined by the instructor and encouraged on an individual basis. The Chamber Music concert and an annual Suzuki Festival concert take place once per year.
A Suzuki Parents' Organization is also available as a support group functioning under a board of directors, meeting once per month. This group also aids in making workshops and masterclasses available to students and faculty.
New families are encouraged to register early as openings are limited. All new Suzuki parents meet for orientation four consecutive Monday evenings. New parent orientation is only offered prior to fall semester.