Welcome! Thank you for your interest in joining Edmonton Suzuki Piano School.
Edmonton Suzuki Piano School exists to enhance the experience of students in learning piano, assist teachers in providing a welcome environment for teaching, and promoting successful learning in the Suzuki philosophy. ESPS is a registered not-for-profit society and charitable corporation that is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors contracts with teachers to provide a musical education for its members.
Getting Started with ESPS
- Observations: Our community of ESPS teachers typically welcome students into their home studios throughout Edmonton. During the COVID-19 outbreak, ESPS teachers are following guidelines from Alberta Health Services and are providing virtual lessons instead of in-person lessons. You may contact any of our teachers to enquire about availability. If accepting new students, the teacher will arrange a time for you and your child to meet in-person or virtually, as appropriate. When possible, we encourage families to observe another student’s lesson. Observations provide families with an excellent opportunity to learn more about the ESPS program and the Suzuki approach. Additionally, families get to know the teacher and learn more about the expectations for teacher, parent and student.
2. Registration Fees: After you have chosen a teacher and completed observations (if possible), you can return the registration package and begin lessons. There are two fees associated with registration: ESPS membership fees for a beginner student in 2020/21 are $295. There is also a yearly tuition fee of $1110. There are several payment options for this fee, including monthly payments. Families are also asked to provide a $100 volunteer commitment cheque, which is returned after families complete their volunteer task for the year. Note that families can begin lessons at any point in the year, and the tuition rates will be adjusted to reflect a reduced lesson schedule.
As a registered member of ESPS, families learn through both individual and group lessons. They also enjoy performance opportunities through regular recitals, graduation concerts for students completing each volume of repertoire and community outreach concerts (Keys In Our Community program). Member families also receive one copy per family of each Suzuki book and CD. The tuition fee covers the cost of 37 30-minute individual lessons from September to June each year.
3. Parent Workshop: Parents are also required to attend a parent orientation workshop. The 3-hour workshop welcomes parents into the ESPS program, provides an introduction to the Suzuki philosophy, and looks at the first book of repertoire that you and your child will be learning. Finally, the workshop provides invaluable tips on developing effective practising skills as well as learning strategies for motivating students at home.
Please note that you will need an acoustic piano, not a digital keyboard.