Term News and Events

2019–2020 Lessons & Classes

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update Mar. 23, 2020

Due to the ongoing pandemic, dates are subject to change, and ESMA is following public health guidelines and orders. Where necessary ESMA will cancel or reschedule, or may offer virtual/online events, lessons, classes, etc.

SPRING Term: Mar. 28–June 12, 2020

Suzuki Violin Lessons and Classes

Weekly private lessons available. Register here

Group Classes

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in-person group classes are currently unavailable. We’ll be reaching out to families with options for online group classes and other online group events.

Talk with your teacher about which Group Class you’ll be in this year:

  • Friday afternoons, Apr. 3–June. 6
  • Quarter Notes (Pre-Twinkle Beginners): 3:45–4:15 p.m.
  • Half Notes (Early Book 1): 4:15–4:45 p.m.
  • Whole Notes (Late Book 1 and Book 2): 4:45–5:30 p.m.
  • Performance Group (once a month on the 3rd Friday) 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Performance Group Dates (3rd Friday of the month): Apr. 17 and May 15

Little Notes schedule

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in-person Little Notes classes are currently unavailable. During Spring Term we will hold Little Notes classes online until further notice.

  • Wednesdays, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

FREE Online Little Notes Story & Music Time

Wednesdays, Mar. 25–Apr. 29, on Facebook Live

Learn more and register

2019–2020 Term Dates

  • Fall Term 2019, Sept. 7-Dec. 20, 2019
  • Winter Term 2020, Jan. 4–Mar. 20, 2020
  • Spring Term 2020, Mar. 28–June 12 (First Little Notes class of term is Sat., Mar. 28)
  • Summer Term 2020, TBA

Holiday Breaks

No lessons or classes during these dates:

  • Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 25–30, 2019
  • Winter Break, Dec. 21, 2019–Jan. 3, 2020
  • Spring Break, Mar. 22–27, 2020

Parent Practice Help

Join us at Friendly Street Church, 2290 Friendly St, Eugene. On select special Group Class dates, Parent Practice Help is held while the kids have an all-students Play-in Group Class from 4:30–5:30. Parents will meet in a separate room for practice help and other discussion.

  • Fall Term: Oct. 4, 2019
  • Winter Term: Jan. 24, 2020
  • Spring Term: Apr. 24, 2020. Postponed. New date TBD

Group Performances

  • Holiday Market: Dec. 7, 11:30 a.m. (45 minutes). We will be performing on the main stage!
  • All Violin Students: The Springs at Greer Gardens (senior living), June 6, time TBD


Each term ESMA families gather to share our hard work. Little Notes families may participate in the 11 a.m. session, and are welcome to be part of the audience for either session. Violin students may participate in either session.

Students should play in at least 2 recitals per school year. Please review dates and times, and talk with your teacher about which 2 recitals you would like to participate in.

  • Fall, Sat., Oct. 26, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Winter, Sat., Feb. 29, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Spring, Sat., May 9, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Recital Location

Friendly Street Church,
2290 Friendly St, Eugene, OR 97405

Directions to Friendly Street Church

Free parking in the church’s parking lot. Enter through the double doors at the top of the outside stairs.

Summer Term 2020

Term Dates: TBD

Summer Violin Lessons & Classes

  • A minimum of 5 lessons is required to remain enrolled
  • Please check with your teacher for a summer registration form and available dates
  • Group classes are on break for summer and resume Fall Term

Summer Little Notes 0–3 Music Classes

  • Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturdays, 11 a.m.
  • During Summer Term, you can attend any class on any day of the week class is offered.
  • Other days/times resume Fall Term
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