Suzuki Summer Institute

Suzuki Guitar & Piano Institute

The Suzuki Institute offers masterclasses, group classes and performance opportunities for piano and guitar students, and teacher training sessions. Students experience musical growth through stimulating teaching from our excellent faculty, the motivating presence of their peers, and the nurturing support of their parents.  The week’s inspiration can invigorate the children’s musical studies throughout the year.

Summer 2024 Schedule

All Student Classes are Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26.

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Who May Attend

Student Classes

All student classes are in-person.

Guitar Classes

Piano Classes

Registration Deadline

The registration deadline is June 23, 2024. Refunds will not be issued after July 8, 2024.

Course Cancellations

MacPhail may cancel classes if enrollment is insufficient. Please enroll by June 23 so we do not cancel a course you want to take. If a course is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, you will be notified by June 26. If you choose to purchase a non-refundable plane ticket before June 26, MacPhail will not be liable.  

Available Student Classes

  • Three classes will be scheduled between 9:00-12:00, Mon-Thurs. 
  • Friday will include morning recitals and classes and an afternoon recital
  • Students will have a masterclass, group class and an enrichment class
  • Maximum 8

Register for Half Day Suzuki Guitar Book 1

  • Five classes will be scheduled between 9:00am-4:00pm + reserved practice time, Mon-Thurs
  • Friday will include morning recitals and classes and an afternoon recital
  • Students will have a masterclass, group class and 3 enrichment classes
  • Maximum 16

Register for Full Day Suzuki Guitar Book 1 and Above

  • Three classes will be scheduled between 1:00-4:00 Mon-Thurs
  • Friday will include morning classes and recitals and an afternoon recital.
  • Students will have a masterclass, an ensemble class and an enrichment class
  • Maximum 6

Register for Half Day Advanced Suzuki Guitar Book 4 and Above

  • Three classes will be scheduled between 9:00-12:00, Mon-Thurs 
  • Friday will include morning recitals and classes and an afternoon recital
  • Students will have a masterclass, group class and an enrichment class
  • Maximum 8

Register for Half Day Suzuki Piano Book 1

  • Five classes will be scheduled between 9:00am-4:00pm + reserved practice time, Mon-Thurs
  • Friday will include morning recitals and classes and an afternoon recital
  • Students will have a masterclass, group class and 3 enrichment classes
  • Maximum 25

Register for Full Day Suzuki Piano Book 1 and Up

  • Three classes will be scheduled between 1:00pm-4:00pm, Mon-Thurs
  • Friday there will be both morning and afternoon recitals
  • Students will have a masterclass, a performance class and an enrichment class
  • Maximum 6

Register for Half Day Suzuki Advanced Piano Book 5 and Up

Teacher Training Programs

These courses are offered both in-person and online.

For teachers who have completed ECC and Book 1 and have a current Suzuki studio.

Sunday, July 21, 2-6 p.m. CT

Monday-Thursday, July 22-25 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday July 26, 9a.m.-12:00pm CT Includes required
observations

Trainees may participate on-line or in-person.

  • Teacher training courses include 15 hours of instruction plus 8 hours of observation
  • All course participants are asked to prepare the repertoire to be studied to the point of fluent performance
  • Memorization is not required but is recommended
  • Participants should read, or re-read, Dr. Suzuki’s Nurtured by Love
  • For all training courses, 100% attendance is mandatory
  • All participants will be performing in class
  • No videotaping of classes is allowed
  • Teacher can choose in-person or online

Register for Suzuki Teacher Training – Piano Unit 2

For teachers who have completed ECC, Book 1 and Book 2 and have a current Suzuki studio.

Monday-Thursday, July 22-26 4pm-8pm CT. Observations between 10:00am-4:00pm CT

Trainees may participate on-line or in-person.

  • Teacher training courses include 15 hours of instruction plus 8 hours of observation
  • All course participants are asked to prepare the repertoire to be studied to the point of fluent performance
  • Memorization is not required but is recommended
  • Participants should read, or re-read, Dr. Suzuki’s Nurtured by Love
  • For all training courses, 100% attendance is mandatory
  • All participants will be performing in class
  • No videotaping of classes is allowed
  • Teacher can choose in-person or online

Register for Suzuki Teacher Training – Guitar Unit 4

Questions?

If you have questions or need more information, contact Susan Sophocleus, Institute Coordinator at [email protected]

Guest Faculty 2024

Fay Swadley Adams

Fay Swadley Adams is an associate professor of piano emerita at the University of Tennessee and is director of the Suzuki Piano School of Knoxville. She is a registered Suzuki piano teacher trainer and served on the Suzuki piano review committee. In 1996, she was named the Tennessee Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association and has received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Tennessee Governor’s School. She is a former member of the SAA board of directors and past-president of the Tennessee Music Teachers Association.

Sara Stephens Kotrba

Sara Stephens Kotrba earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.  She has studied with Doris Harrel, Betty Mallard, David Renner, Kiyoshi Tamagawa, Sophia Gilmson and Amanda Vick Lethco. She has been teaching Suzuki Piano since 1990.  She is especially dedicated to her Suzuki families, helping nurture their love of music through creative practice tools and musical ideas. She is a past president of the Twin Cities Suzuki Piano Teacher’s Guild.  She has taught at workshops around the country, including the Heart of Texas Suzuki Institute, the Houston Suzuki Piano Institute and the Colorado Suzuki Institute.  She has twice presented at the National Suzuki Conference where her students were also invited to perform in master classes.

David Madsen

David Madsen founded what is now the Hartt Suzuki Guitar Program in ‘90. He is the Chair of the Guitar and Harp Dept. of the Community Division at the Hartt School of Music. He became a registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas in 2000, and has conducted training courses throughout North America and in Peru and Argentina. Mr. is a member of the SAA Guitar Committee. David teaches the Suzuki Pedagogy courses for the first long term training program in the country for Suzuki guitar at the University of Hartford.

Young Dance

Since 1987, Young Dance has encouraged youth in our community to build body and spirit through the art of dance. Our mission is to transform lives through movement. We are an inclusive community where creativity flourishes, encouraging personal and artistic excellence through diverse forms of dance.

At Young Dance, we believe that everyone can (and should!) dance. Our approach to dance education centers artistic expression, creativity, and a deep investigation in the art form. In exploring elements of Body, Action, Space, Time, and Energy through an array of techniques, students develop self-awareness and critical thinking skills through dance.

photo by Bill Cameron

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