Suzuki violin and viola in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Margaret Carpenter and Rick Lohmann, teachers and co-directors. We bring a wealth of experience as performers and teachers to our work at Santa Fe Talent Education. We have taught at all levels, from Suzuki beginner through pre-professional. Teaching is our full-time occupation! SFTE INC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational institution, registered in the State of New Mexico. All charitable contributions are fully tax deductible by law.



Parent Workshop Sunday, March 11!

Suzuki Parents Workshop:

Making Practice Easier

Sunday Kol BeRamah March 11 12-2 pm

Refreshments served- and we will have childcare available!

Bring your copy of Ed Sprunger’s ‘Helping Parents Practice!’

We’re going to talk about Chapters 9 – 16.

9: Look for Horses, not Zebras

“Violin is too hard. It’s definitely a problem with my son’s treble audio perception range. He’s

sensitive. The E string makes him flinch. We had better have him switch to trombone.”
10: Keep the Focus on Making Things Easier

“But violin is supposed to be hard. I’ve always been told it was hard”

11: Attending Lessons Really Matters

“Oh, pffft, my 12-year old knows what she’s doing, gimme a break.”

12: Take Useful, Accurate, Reliable Notes

“I don’t need to record the teacher playing this 2-measure practice point on my phone. I’ll remember every detail.”
13: Participate in a Group Class

“How am I doing with this?”

14: Listen to Recordings

“I rely on my son to play the Suzuki MP4’s on her iPOD, with his earphones before he goes to bed. He does it every day, so I mark it in the practice record.”
15: You Can’t Learn as You Go, If You Don’t Take the Trip

16: Review Repertoire to Help the Playing Get Easier

“My daughter hates reviewing! She wants to get better! She is bored to death with review and plays sloppily!”

March 5th, 2018  |  Published in News



Fall Semester Group Concert

SFTE Fall Group Concert

Temple Beth Shalom; 205 E. Barcelona Rd.

Thursday December 14


Young musicians: wear black or dark bottoms with a colorful top
(Please no t-shirts or jeans!)

Arrive: 5:15pm

Concert: 5:30 – 6:30pm

Reception: 6:30pm families, please bring:
drinks (a liter or more)
cookies/bars,or snacks (chips & salsa, hummus, etc.)

If you take photos of the group concert, would you please text them to Rick or Margaret?

Thank you very much! M. 505-231-9241 or R. 505-231-9242

Program (subject to change):

Twinkle, Twinkle Variation E
O Come Little Children
O Come All Ye Faithful – Joy to the World

La Cucaracha
Dvorak Scherzo
Gavotte in G Minor Bach

Twinkle Variation A
Little Drummer Boy
Handel Chorus – Minuet 2

Old Joe Clark
Song of the Wind
Chanukah, Oh Chanukah – Dreidl

La Donna e Mobile Jazzy Classiix Verdi
Allegro – Long, Long Ago
Waltz by Brahms

Allegretto by Suzuki
Hallelujah Chorus Handel
Jingle Bells by Pierpont

Feliz Navidad Jose Feliciano
Twinkle, Twinkle Theme

(Mr. Rick’s groups, note that we will not be playing “Oh Now Lovely is the Evening”)

November 17th, 2017  |  Published in News



Christmas at the Palace- Friday, Dec. 8

We are so happy to be invited to play the Palace of the Governors’ Christmas at the Palace again this year! Sign-up sheets will be posted in the studios.  We will be playing at 5:30 this year, on Friday, Dec. 8, at the Palace of the Governors, on the Plaza. We have not gotten our final instructions yet, but in past years when we have played the 5:30 time, we have arrived at 5:15 and entered via the blue door on Lincoln Avenue. We know so many of you loooove to play this program, so sign up soon!

November 5th, 2017  |  Published in News