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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.

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  • Program period: August 14th, 2017 – December 16th, 2016
  • Offering weekly private and group lessons for violin and cello 
    • For violin, we accept students ages 5-18.
    • Violin students with more than 3 years experience who wish to join the program are required to audition for the director
    • 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 60 minute group class once a week and all other activities

Tentative Group Class Schedule 

  • Violin Class A, Monday, 4:30-5:30p (beginner level), Byrne Hall
  • Violin Class B, Saturday, 9:30-10:30a, Fitzgerald Hall
  • Violin Class C, Monday, 5:30-6:30p, Byrne Hall
  • Violin Class D, Saturday, 10:30-11:30a (most advanced level), Fitzgerald Hall
  • Cello Class, Monday, 6:30-7:30p, Byrne Hall

Important Announcement

  • Financial aid is available. (Contact Tze-ying for the application form)
  • Registration and financial aid application deadline: August 11th, 2017
  • All fees due: August 26th, 2017 (Contact Tze-ying for payment options)


  • Monday group classes and all private lessons are held at Byrne Hall: 2417 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, AR, 72207.
  • Saturday group classes are held at Fitzgerald Hall:  2414  North Tyler Street, Little Rock, AR  72217-7565.Room is located on the ground floor (basement) of the building.

Tentative Fall Semester Calendar

  • August 14th—Private lesson begins
  • August 19th—Saturday group classes begin
  • August 21st—Monday group classes begin
  • September 4th—No group or private lessons for the week
  • September 11th—Group class and private lessons resume 
  • October 1st—Pre-ASO concert performance at 2:30p in the Robinson Performance Hall 
  • October 7th—No Saturday group classes
  • October 28th—Halloween Concert (time and location TBD)
  • October 30th—No Monday group classes
  • November 4th—No Saturday group classes
  • November 20th—Thanksgiving break, no group or private lessons for the week
  • December 9th—Saturday group classes in Byrne Hall  
  • December 9th—Solo recitals in Byrne Hall (Time TBD)
  • December 11th—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!

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Sturgis Music Academy Summer Gala Concert, July 1, 2017


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