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Address: School for Strings
419 W 54th St,New York,NY 10019,USA

"Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart." -Shinichi Suzuki

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The School for Strings

School Calendar 2013-2014

Registration Wednesday — Friday, September 4th–6th

(for everyone)

Faculty Meeting Sunday, September 8th

Teacher Training Seminar Preliminary Sessions

2nd year Violin – Monday, Sept 9th-6:00pm

2nd year Cello – Tuesday, Sept 3rd-9:00am-1:00pm

1st year Cello – Tuesday, Sept 3rd-1:30-3:00pm

1st year Violin – Wednesday, Sept 11th -6:45pm

1st year Piano – TBA

2nd year Piano – Tuesday, Sept 10th-11:00am

Every Child Can (required course for first year

Teacher Trainees) Sunday, September 29th

School Year Begins on Monday, September 16th

Columbus Day

(school closed) Monday, Oct 14th

Beginner children start Wednesday, October 30th

Thanksgiving Recess

(school closed) Tuesday, Nov 26th - Sunday, Dec 1st

Classes Resume Monday, Dec 2nd

Mid-Winter Recess

(school closed) Monday, Dec 23rd - Thursday, Jan 2nd

Classes Resume Friday, Jan 3rd

Presidents’ Day Break

(school closed) Friday, Feb 14th - Thursday, Feb 20th

Classes Resume Friday, Feb 21st

Spring Break

(school closed) Sunday, Mar 16th – Sunday, Mar 23rd

Classes Resume Monday, Mar 24th

Passover/Easter Break

(school closed) Monday, Apr 14th – Sunday, Apr 20th

Classes Resume Monday, Apr 21st

Memorial Day Recess

(school closed) Friday, May 23rd – Monday, May 26th

Classes Resume Tuesday, May 27th

Last Day of School Monday, June 9th


Teacher Training Graduation TBA

Summer School

June 17th – July 31st  (Tuesday – Thursday)

Pre-Season Lessons

September 2nd – 11th  (Tuesday – Thursday)



Performance Schedule

Violin Sunday Afternoon Recital Parties

Winter Recital Series

December 8th & 15th

Spring Recital Series

April 6th & 13th

Cello Sunday Afternoon Recital Parties

Winter Recitals

January 12th

Spring Recital

May 4th

Piano Sunday Afternoon Recital Parties

Winter Recitals

January 19th & 26th

Spring Recitals

May 11th & 18th

Saturday Evening Advanced Recitals

Winter Recital Series

January 25th & February 1st

Spring Recital Series

May 10th & 17th

Chamber Music Sunday Afternoon Recital Parties

Winter Recitals

February 2nd

Spring Recitals

June 1st

Mid-Year Festival

Sunday, February 9th

End-of-the-Year Festival

Sunday, June 8th

Festivals are group performances for ALL violinists and cellists,

from the youngest beginner to the most advanced performer. Selections

from the Suzuki music books are performed in reverse order, hardest

to easiest; students enter the concert on their most advanced

POLISHED piece, and play their way down the list to Twinkle.

Orchestra Concert

Sunday, March 9th

SFS Parent's Association Events

Pot Luck Dinner – following the Mid-Year Festival on

Sunday, February 9, 2014.

Raffle – held at the Pot Luck Dinner (see above)

Teacher Appreciation Week – April 7th -12th

Faculty Concert – May 31st

Instrumental Programs

Instrumental Program

Early Childhood Program


The Suzuki Method

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Mission Statement

Since 1970, The School for Strings has been New York’s premiere Suzuki-based music school, providing outstanding instrumental instruction to thousands of children, and Suzuki teacher training to hundreds of graduates from the world’s finest conservatories. In agreement with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s ideas, the School’s philosophy is that through the study of music, all children can achieve beyond their expectations. By fostering close collaboration between parents, teachers, and students, the School aims to build the love of music, self-confidence, discipline, good work habits, and outstanding achievement in every student.