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Sturgis Music Academy - Introductory Violin in Your School

Sturgis Kids with Dr. Tze-Ying Wu

About the program

Sturgis Music Academy

The mission of the Sturgis Music Academy is to provide an opportunity for excellence in the pursuit of high-quality musical education with a focus on violin and cello, based on methods and philosophies of Mimi Zweig, Shinichi Suzuki, and Paul Rolland. This is a proven method for developing confidence, creative thinking, and a general work ethic that will assist students' musical and non-musical endeavors.

Introductory Violin in Your School

Dr. Tze-Ying Wu, director of the Sturgis Music Academy, has designed a one-year curriculum for the elementary schools or after-school programs in the Little Rock area named “Introductory Violin in Your School.” This program provides violin beginners a chance to build a strong foundation for technique as well as an introduction to music theory in a group class setting. Interested organizations are able to apply for the program in the Spring semester of 2018 for the following academic year. Due to limited availability, this is a first come, first serve offer. The schools or programs that have previous engagements with the Sturgis Music Academy will be given priority. To apply, please fill out and submit the application form to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

Director - Tze-Ying Wu

Dr. Tze-Ying Wu, director of Sturgis Music Academy at Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, received her Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in viola performance from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University under the tutelage of Professor Atar Arad. Since 2012, she has been holding the position of violin/viola instructor at Indiana University’s pre-college string program, Indiana University String Academy, where she works closely with its director Professor Mimi Zweig, and its co-director Dr. Brenda Brenner. As part of the Sturgis Music Academy’s outreach, Dr. Wu has brought violin programs to Bale Elementary, Forest Park Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, as well as the FirstArts after-school program at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Little Rock. She also performs in the viola section with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Her goal is to expand the Sturgis Music Academy in order to reach more students in Central Arkansas by providing them a comprehensive music education through learning the violin.

Program Structure

  • Lesson format: Group class with approximately 8-12 students in the class
  • This program requires a one-year commitment
  • Program length by semester: 12-14 weeks
  • Class length: 1 hour including classroom set up
  • Students are required to obtain their own instruments. The director will size the students in the beginning of the semester
  • Performance opportunity:
    • Fall semester: a group performance in the school perhaps combined with the school’s holiday celebration event
    • Spring semester: a group performance and a solo recital in the middle and at the end of the semester
  • Classroom requirement: small carpets and keyboard (can be either electronic keyboard or piano)


  • ASO charges $125 per class
  • Tuition in full should be received by ASO no later than one month after the class starts (invoice will be sent to the school or PTA for the reminder).

School's Responsibility

  • ASO provides the program but is not responsible for recruiting the students nor collecting the tuition from the parents (if the school decides to charge the parent for the tuition).
  • The school should have a parent representative as a liaison to be in charge of the matters as mentioned above.
  • The school or the parent representative should provide the list of students to Tze-Ying at least one week before classes begin.
  • The parent representative should be responsible for discharging the students at the end of each class, or arranging a method for the students to be released.

Download the registration form here, and:

  • Submit by mail:
    • Arkansas Symphony Orchestra ATTN: Tze-Ying Wu, P.O. Box 7328, Little Rock, AR 72217
  • Submit by email:
  • Contact Tze-Ying for any questions:
    • Phone number: (501) 666-1761, ext. 109, or (812) 650-8226

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