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Sturgis Music Academy

Registration for Summer Session '19 (Jun 15- Jul 12) and 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, 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 students of the Academy receive group and private lessons each week, as well as performance opportunities throughout the semester. 

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PROGRAM INFORMATION (Summer Session '19)

  • Application deadline: May 31, 2019
  • Class offerings and fees for new beginners
    • Fees:
      • Violin and Viola: $135
      • Cello: $150
    • 30-minute one-on-one private lesson once a week
    • 60-minute group class once a week
    • Instruments will be provided for beginner students
  • Class Offering and fees for all other level students
    • Fees:
      • 30-minute private lesson: $210
      • 45-minute private lesson: $280
      • 60-minute private lesson: $350
    • Private lessons twice a week (lesson length determined by the instructor)
    • 60-minute group class once a week
  • Class Schedule
    • Violin
      • Class A, Monday, 4-5p (beginner)
      • Class B, Monday, 5-6p
    • Viola
      • Class A, Tuesday, 4-5p (beginner)
    • Cello
      • Class A, Tuesday, 5-6p (beginner)
      • Class B, Tuesday, 6-7p
    • Chamber Ensemble
      • Monday, 6-7p
      • Most advanced violin and cello students will be assigned to the chamber ensemble
  • Tuition
    • Tuition in full is due at June 21, 2019
  • Program Calendar
    • June 15, Saturday, 3 pm—Ice Cream Social/Orientation
    • June 17, Monday—Group and private lessons begin
    • June 22, Saturday, 3 pm— Parents: the best practice helper!
      • A session teaching parents how to become the best practice helpers for the students
    • June 29, Saturday, 3 pm—Music Appreciation
      • A lecture given by Mr. Ethan Young about topics of classical music
    • July 11, Thursday, 5 pm & 6 pm—Solo recitals I & II
    • July 12, Friday, 6 pm—Summer Celebration Concert
      • Students should arrive at 5:30 pm, location to be determined

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

PROGRAM INFORMATION (Fall and Spring Semesters)

  • Program period:
    • Fall: August 20 – December 15, 2018
    • Spring: January 7 – May 5, 2019
  • Offering weekly private and group lessons for violin and cello 
    • For violin, we accept students ages 5-18.
    • For cello, we accept students ages 7-18.
  • 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

Group Class Schedule 

  Monday Tuesday
4:15-5:15p Violin A Violin B
5:15-6:15p Cello A Violin C
6:15-7:15p Cello B Violin D

Important Announcement

  • Financial aid is available. (Contact Tze-Ying for the application form)
  • Registration and financial aid application deadline:
    • Fall: August 17, 2018
    • Spring: December 28, 2018
  • Tuition in full: (Contact Tze-Ying for payment options)
    • Fall: September 7, 2018 
    • Spring: January 25, 2019
  • Tuition by two installments: 
    • Fall: September 7, 2018, and October 19, 2018
    • Spring: January 25, 2019, and March 8, 2019


  • For private lesson, the location will be determined by the teacher.
  • Group lessons are held at Byrne Hall: 2417 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, AR, 72207.

Spring Semester Calendar

  • January 7—Private and group lessons begin
  • January 8—Tuesday group lessons held in Fitzgerald Hall: 2414 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, AR  72207
  • January 15—Tuesday group lessons held in Fitzgerald Hall: 2414 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, AR  72207
  • January 21—No Monday group classes
  • February 19—No Tuesday group classes
  • February 24—Pre-ASO concert performance at 2:30p in the Robinson Performance Hall (CELLO GROUPS ONLY)
  • March 5—Tuesday group lessons held in Fitzgerald Hall: 2414 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, AR  72207
  • March 18—Spring break begins (no group and private lessons)
  • March 30—Spring Gala Concert at 3:00p in the Trinity Presbyterian Church (4501 Rahling Rd, Little Rock, AR 72223)
  • April 1 and 2—No group classes
  • April 27—Solo recitals at 3:30p and 4:30p in Byrne Hall
  • April 29—Last week of private lessons
  • April 29—Last group class for Violin A, Cello, A, and B
  • April 30No Tuesday group classes
  • May 7—Last group class for Violin B, C, and D (in Fitzgerald Hall)

Information about Summer Session '19 (June 17- July 19) is coming soon. 

Faculty Contact Information (click name for bio)

Sturgis Music Academy Director Ms. Tze-Ying Wu / Violin instructor

Graham Jones / Violin instructor

Katherine Williamson / Violin instructor

Ethan Young / Cello instructor

 Please contact Tze-Ying for any questions!


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Sturgis Music Academy Summer Gala Concert, July 1, 2017


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