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Registration for Summer Session '18 (July 2 - 28) is ready. Please click below to sign up!


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, 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. The Academy will also emphasize the partnership between parents and student in dealing with the challenges of learning the violin. The students of the Academy receive group and private lessons each week, as well as performance opportunities throughout the semester. The Academy now offers cello lessons as well. 

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Program description

The program offers weekly one-on-one private lessons and group lessons to students of all levels age 5-18 years old for violin and cello, to accelerate and reinforce the work done during the year and to give beginners a strong foundation. The group lessons also include an introduction to music theory and opportunities to perform.

*For cello, the minimum age of enrollment is 7

Class offerings and fees for new beginners

  • Fees: $120
  • 30-minute one-on-one private lesson once a week
  • 60-minute group class once a week

Class Offering and fees for all other level students

  • Fees:

30-minute private lesson:


45-minute private lesson:


60-minute private lesson:


  • Private lessons twice a week (lesson length determined by the instructor)
  • 60-minute group class once a week

Tentative Group Class Schedule




4:00-5:00 p.m.

Violin Class A


5:00-6:00 p.m.

Violin Class B

Cello Class A

5:40-6:40 p.m.

Violin Class C

Cello Class B

*Class A applies to beginners

*Classes B-C applies to all other level students


All lessons and events held at Byrne Hall (2417 N Tyler Street, Little Rock, AR, 72207)

Tentative Program Calendar

  • June 8— Registration deadline
  • July 2— Group and private lessons begin
  • July 8— Violin Class for Parents at 3 pm
  • July 13— Tuition payment deadline
  • July 15—Ice Cream Social at 3 pm
  • July 22—Music Appreciation at 3 pm
  • July 27—Solo recitals I & II (at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm)
  • July 28—Summer Celebration concert, dress rehearsal at 3:15 pm and concert at 4 pm

Summer Session Faculty Information (Click name for bio)

Sturgis Music Academy Director Dr. Tze-Ying Wu (Violin)

Leanne Day-Simpson (Violin)

Ethan Young (Cello)



  • Program period: January 15th – May 12th, 2018
  • Offering weekly private and group lessons for violin and cello 
    • For violin, we accept students ages 5-18.
    • For cello, the minimum age is 7, and we are only accepting new beginners or students with 1-year experience
  • Offering group and individual performance opportunities
  • Private lessons once a week (lesson length determined by the instructor)
  • Fees (based on the length of private lessons):

30-minute private lesson:


45-minute private lesson:


60-minute private lesson:


  • Fees include all classes and activities in the semester

Tentative Group Class Schedule 

  • Violin Class A, Monday, 4:30-5:30p 
  • Violin Class B, Tuesday, 5:30-6:30p
  • Violin Class C, Monday, 5:30-6:30p (most advanced group)
  • Cello Class, Monday, 6:30-7:30p

Important Announcement

  • Financial aid is available. (Contact Tze-Ying for the application form)
  • Registration and financial aid application deadline: January 13th, 2018
  • All fees due: January 27th, 2018 (Contact Tze-Ying for payment options)


  • All private and group lessons are held at Byrne Hall: 2417 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, AR, 72207.

Tentative Spring Semester Calendar

  • January 15th—Private lesson begins and no group class 
  • January 22nd—Group classes begin
  • February 5th and 6th—No violin classes
  • February 5th—Cello class moved to 4:30p
  • February 12th—No cello class
  • February 25th—Pre-ASO concert violin performance at 2:30p in the Robinson Performance Hall 
  • March 11th—Pre-ASO concert cello performance at 2:30p in the Robinson Performance Hall 
  • March 19th—Spring break, no group or private lessons for the week 
  • April 7th—Spring Gala Concert at 3:30p in the Trinity Presbyterian Church (4501 Rahling Rd, Little Rock, AR 72223)
  • April 9th—No violin group classes this week, cellos will have class as usual
  • May 5th—Solo recitals in Byrne Hall (between 2-5p)
  • May 7th—last week of the semester

Faculty Contact Information (click name for bio)

Sturgis Music Academy Director Ms. Tze-Ying Wu

Katherine Williamson

Ethan Young

 Please contact Tze-ying for any questions!

Backstage: The ASO Blog

Sturgis Music Academy Summer Gala Concert, July 1, 2017


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