The Suzuki Talent Education Partnership (STEP) has been serving Greater Springfield and northern Connecticut with family-centered music education since 2002. It is STEP’s vision that students of diverse ages, backgrounds and cultures will thrive by experiencing the joy of making music together using Dr. Suzuki’s step-by-step approach – where teachers and parents work together to help the student learn. This vision inspires our mission to combine high-quality music instruction, accessible to all, with community outreach, through STEP’s free family-friendly concerts and its financial aid and instrument loans to low-income families.
Over the past 15 years STEP has received generous support from its parent/teacher organization, the Springfield Suzuki Partnership (SSP), community supporters and the following churches: Christ Church Cathedral, Faith United and South Congregational Churches in Springfield, and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Longmeadow. A small organization of between 12 and 20 families in any given year, STEP has a big heart: with the help of these individuals and houses of worship, STEP has established the STEP Scholarship Fund and Instrument Library which has given out over $30,000 in aid and loaned out 10 instruments to 25 deserving young people from diverse backgrounds since 2002.
Although we have received this support from area churches, we are an interfaith organization, welcoming all who come in peace and love music!