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Sturgis Music Academy is now accepting registration for the Summer Program for Strings (June 2, 2017- July 1, 2017).

**Announcement: As for now, the violin classes (A, B, and C) are filling up quickly and there are only a few spaces left, however we still have space for viola and cello students!


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 one group class and one private lesson each week taught by the director of the program, Dr. Tze-Ying Wu. The program also offers performance opportunities throughout the semester.

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Summer Program Information

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, viola, 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. Two music theory sessions are offered to students who register for 45 or 60 minutes private lesson.

(*For cello, the minimum enrollment age is 7)

Class offerings and fees for New Beginners

  • Fees: $100

  • 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

(Fees payable by check made out to Tze-Ying Wu)

Tentative Group Class Schedule


  • Class A, Monday, 4-5p (Beginner)
  • Class B, Tuesday, 5-6p
  • Class C, Monday, 5-6p
  • Class D, Monday, 6-7p (Most advanced)


  • Class A, Tuesday, 4-5p (notice the time change)


  • Class A, Tuesday, 6-7p (notice the time change)


All lessons and events held at Byrne Hall (2417 N Tyler Street, Little Rock, AR, 722217)

Program Calendar

  • May 28— Registration deadline
  • May 29/30— Instrument sizing sessions
  • June 2— Orientation for parents and students at 4 pm
  • June 9— Tuition payment deadline (payable by check made out to Tze-Ying Wu)
  • June 10—Violin class for parents at 10:30-11:30 am
  • June 11—Davis West jazz improvisation class at 4-5 pm
  • June 18—Music Theory Class at 2:30-3:30 pm
  • June 18—Ice Cream Social at 4 pm
  • June 25—Ethan Young music appreciation class at 4-5 pm
  • June 30—Solo Recitals begin at 5:30pm
  • July 1—Gala Concert dress rehearsal at 3 pm and concert at 4 pm


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.


Violinist Katherine Williamson has been a member of the Arkansas Symphony and Rockefeller String Quartet since 2013. Williamson graduated with a B.M. with Distinction from Indiana University, where she studied with Professor Mark Kaplan. She maintains a private teaching studio in Little Rock in addition to teaching at the Community Music School of UCA in Conway. 


Cello Instructor           

Ethan Young, cellist of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Rockefeller String Quartet, is from Oswego, IL, and is active in a variety of orchestral and chamber settings.  Ethan holds a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Michigan where he studied with Anthony Elliott, and a Master’s Degree from Indiana University under Peter Stumpf. 


For questions and for registration, please contact Sturgis Music Academy Director Ms. Tze-Ying Wu at or call (501) 666-1761, Ext. 109.

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