Suzuki Institute for Piano and Guitar

Student Institute: July 27 – July 31, 2020
Teacher Training: See below

Student classes:

Full Day Institute (Piano and Guitar): $495;
(all ages and levels) 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.

Register for Guitar – Full Day

Register for Piano – Full Day

Partial Day Options (Piano and Guitar): $275

I. Younger students, Book 1
(age 6 & under): 8:45 a.m.-12 noon, plus afternoon recital on Friday
Register for Guitar – Partial Day

Register for Piano – Partial Day

II. Advanced High School students (Piano and Guitar): $275
Book 5 and above (entering gr. 9-12):
1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Recital on Friday
Register for Advanced Students Guitar – Partial Day

Register for Advanced Students Piano – Partial Day


Registration Deadline: June 19, 2020
No refunds after July 10, 2020

Suzuki Clinicians: Fay Adams, Sara Kotrba and Annette Lee, Piano; David Madsen, Guitar Enrichment classes: Kodaly, improvisation, music theory, music history and drumming.

The MacPhail Suzuki Institute, sanctioned by the Suzuki Association of the Americas, is an opportunity for Suzuki students of all ages, with their parent, to come together to share in motivating, enriching and wide ranging musical experiences. Students will work with master teachers and improve their skills both technically and musically. All students will participate in closing recitals on Friday, July 26th at 1:00 or 1:30, with additional enrichment recitals in the morning.

Daily classes & observation may include:

  • Instrument specific applied study
  • Theory & reading skills
  • Ensemble skills & performance practices
  • Composition & improvisation
  • Master classes, recitals
  • World music & drumming
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Closing recitals and presentations

Who May Attend the Institute?

  • Suzuki students who have completed the Twinkle Variations. PARENTS or another responsible, interested adults must attend with students under age 12.
  • Teacher trainees
  • Teacher observers

Attendees are responsible for arranging their own meals, housing and transportation while attending the institute.


Suzuki Teacher Training:

A minimum number of registrants is necessary to run the teacher training courses. If the minimum number is not reached, registered participants will be notified by June 19.

Registration Deadline: June 19, 2020

No refunds after July 10, 2020


Guitar Book 7: David Madsen $495
(Teachers who have completed ECC and Book 1, 2 and 3) July 27 – July 31.
Class observations between 10 am and 2 pm; class meets from 4 pm to 8 pm Monday through Thursday.

Piano Book 2: Annette Lee $495
For teachers who have completed ECC and Book 1 and 2 training and have a current Suzuki studio.
Sunday, July 21, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday – Thursday, July 27 – July 31, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (This includes required observations)


Piano Teacher Enrichment Class $46
Wednesday, July 29, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Teacher observation fee: $32/day
Teachers who register 5 or more students from their studio will receive a 20% discount when registering for a teacher training unit. Teachers who register for 5 days of observation receive the Teacher Enrichment class at no extra charge.

  • Training Prerequisites and Course Order
  • To take Suzuki teacher training, teachers must be Active members of the SAA.
  • Every Child Can!Æ (ECC) is required prior to taking Book 1.
  • Courses must be taken in order through Book 3
    ECC, Book 1, Book 2, Book 3.


Audition Requirement

To qualify as a participant in Suzuki teacher training courses, applicants must submit a DVD video audition to the SAA, preferably prior to course enrollment. DVDs should be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the course start date, with the required fee and a completed application form. For courses occurring during the summer, applicants submitting auditions later than March 31 may not receive audition results prior to the course, even if meeting the above deadlines. If submitted later than 8 weeks before the course start date, audition results determining participant eligibility may not be available prior to the course, and will require late audition fees. If auditions are not accepted, course work will not be eligible for SAA registration even if course work was completed. For further information, please see the SAA website at and find the teacher video audition application form and instructions, or call the SAA toll free 1.888.378.9854 for this form.
Required Course Preparation

All teacher training participants are asked to prepare the repertoire to be studied to the point of fluent performance. Memorization is not required but is recommended. Additionally, participants should be conversant with the ideas presented in Dr. Suzuki’s book Nurtured by Love. All participants will be performing in class. Strings and woodwinds are expected. It is recommended that participants bring an audio recorder and a notebook to all sessions. 100% attendance is required for registering the course.

For more information, contact Heather Vanderley, Suzuki Institute Director at