Stepping Stones Museum for Children Announces Partnership with TESS

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Talent Education Suzuki School will team with museum to introduce children to the arts.

Explore musical instruments and the concepts of rhythm, pitch and tempo.

In August, Stepping Stones Museum for Children is teaming up with the Talent Education Suzuki School (TESS) in Norwalk, Connecticut for a “Mini-Musicians Series” at the Museum to introduce children ages 3 – 5 to the joys of music and the arts.

As renowned educator and founder of New Horizons for Learning, Dee Dickinson said, “[The arts]... are languages that all people speak that cut across racial, cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers and enhance cultural appreciation and awareness.” (Source: Why Are the Arts Important by Dee Dickinson, John Hopkins School of Education, Copyright 1993)

In August, in a program designed specifically for children ages 3 to 5, young visitors will have the opportunity to meet the cello, the violin and the guitar! All three sessions take place at Stepping Stones and are free with admission.

The series kicks off on Monday, Aug. 10 with Charlie Rasmussen, cello teacher at TESS. He will help the children explore the cello and the musical concepts of rhythm, pitch and tempo. Children will delight in how Mr. Rasmussen creates animal sounds on the cello and asks them to guess the animal.

The highlight of the series, in all three sessions, is when each child is given a child-sized instrument and plays a tune with the help of the teacher.

On Monday, Aug. 17, it’s time to meet the violin! Gretchen Grube, violin teacher at TESS, engages the children with the “voice” of the violin, the instrument most known for its imitation of the human voice, at times shy, confident or even comical! The final session in the series on Aug. 24 is “Meet the Guitar,” an instrument known for its versatility and popularity, with TESS teacher Dave Veslocki.

For a full list of recurring programs and special events at Stepping Stones, see the full calendar.

About the company:
Stepping Stones Museum for Children, celebrating its 15th Birthday this year, is an award-winning, private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) children’s museum committed to broadening and enriching the lives of children and families. Stepping Stones Museum for Children is located at 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT, exit 14 North and 15 South off I-95. Museum hours are: Memorial Day through Labor Day, Monday-Sunday from 10 am-5 pm and Labor Day through Memorial Day, Tuesday—Sunday and select holiday Mondays from 10 am-5 pm. Admission is $15 for adults and children and $10 for seniors. Children under 1 are free. For more information about Stepping Stones, to book a field trip or schedule a class, workshop or facility rental call 203-899-0606 or visit

About TESS
Becki Christopherson, director and owner of TESS, is a life-long Suzuki student and teacher. She understands how the Suzuki Method can unlock the unlimited potential in children. Parents, children, and teachers are all nurtured through the skills exemplified in the philosophy and pedagogy created by Dr. Suzuki to achieve their best as musicians, citizens, and educators. Working as a team with our faculty, she takes responsibility for the development of each child in the school.

Parents are offered a support to aid them in their own musical knowledge and to assist them in their crucial role as the home teacher. Students may select from several instruments and courses of study: violin, viola, piano, guitar, and cello. Courses of Study range from introductory Talent-Ed Kids classes, to Suzuki instrumental, all the way to an Advanced Program of chamber music, composition and other electives. TESS offers many supplemental classes that make traveling to NYC for pre-conservatory programs unnecessary for anyone not intending to pursue a performing career. With the absence of a local college music program serving our community, these classes and faculty performances seek to fill that void. Private study at TESS is not required to take advantage of our Advanced Program electives.

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