Institute is designed with the understanding that parents will be involved, as they are at home, with lessons, practice, and the general supervision of their children. Children under the age of 12 MUST be accompanied by an adult at ALL times without exception. This rule is for safety because SPU is an open campus.
A typical day at the Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute may begin as early as 8:30 am and end as late as 5:00 pm. Each Book 1-3 student will have 4 hours of classes per day, which can include the following:
1-hour master class (short, semi-private lesson, 4 students per class)
1-hour technique class (small group class)
1-hour repertoire class (large group class)
1-hour Music Reading/Orchestra (see below for more information)
Attendance at Honors Recitals (If you would like to perform, submit your recording here.)
Optional: 1-hour enrichment class (see descriptions)
Optional: Attendance at evening concerts on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
Individual schedules will be released 2-4 weeks prior to Institute. Remember to consider practice time as well!
Each student is asked to play a polished piece as a solo at the first meeting of their master class – an opportunity for the teacher and student to get acquainted musically. No matter the level of current study, the student should select a piece from the repertoire that has already been polished and performed.
Music Reading & Orchestra Options
Consult with your teacher regarding orchestra placement:
Book 1: Rhythm Class (age 4 and younger), Dalcroze, or Debut Orchestra
Book 2: Dalcroze, Debut or Beginning Orchestra
Book 3: Debut or Beginning Orchestra
Rhythm Class: for students 4 years and younger, who are not yet ready for Music Reading and Orchestra.
Dalcroze: for students of all ages. Most of the activities will be without an instrument. This course is available for non-string playing siblings for an additional $25.
Debut Orchestra: for students who have completed the “I Can Read Music” book or an equivalent music reading book. A first experience for students in any Suzuki book who know the notes in first position and easy rhythms. One piece of music will be sent in advance; there will also be easy music distributed and sight read during class.
Beginning Orchestra: for students in Books 2 and 3+ who can read fluently in first position and read various rhythms.