General Information (Students)

Suzuki Student Institute, June 26 – June 30, 2017


Violin, viola and cello students who study violin, viola, cello (pre-Twinkle through advanced levels), by the Suzuki approach, or bass by any method, participate in the Institute as a supplement to year-round instruction. They will enjoy individual and group instruction and be motivated to be in the company of other students and families who value and actively pursue musical, personal and talent development.


The violin and cello programs have a daily schedule for violin and cello students which includes an individual lesson in master class style, a repertory class and orchestra for those eligible. Longer lessons are planned for students who register at or beyond Book 4.

The viola program offers a daily lesson and participation in orchestra. Violists are encouraged to enroll in the quartet/chamber music elective. Viola players wishing to participate in only orchestra may register paying only the registration fee.

The bass program offers a daily lesson and participation in orchestra. Bass players wishing to participate only in orchestra may register paying only the registration fee.

Play-ins (just for fun), offered for violin and cello students, are held through the week, mostly during parent lecture time.

Students and faculty perform in the afternoon recitals. In addition, Thursday evening is devoted to student recitals, providing an additional recital opportunity for all students prepared to perform.

Students will be automatically assigned to orchestras according to advancement.

Electives include:

  • Music Mind Games (MMG) is free for those who register as a Pre-Twinkler or Twinkler. Book 1 and 2 students who apply for elective placement in Music Mind Games will be considered for inclusion based on their age and available space.
  • Quartet/Chamber Music is offered to students in book 3 and above.
  • Scottish Fiddling (non-Suzuki) is offered to violinists in late book 2 and above.


Students should come prepared to play a polished piece for their first master class lesson. The institute teacher can readily assess the student’s needs by hearing a technically and musically mature piece. Soloists may be nominated to perform in the afternoon recitals.

Students may also sign up to perform in the Thursday, 6PM recitals.

The repertory to be prepared for the group repertory classes will be sent via email to all registrants in May.


Parental participation, essential to the success of the Suzuki approach, is expected. Parents will attend lessons with their children and help them to prepare for the next day’s classes. Effort is made to avoid scheduling simultaneous individual lessons for siblings except for ages 13 and older. For mature teenagers who practice on their own and can be relied upon to safely manage the Institute day without supervision, the parent may sign a release form for the child to attend alone.

Lectures and panel discussions on topics of interest are prepared for all parents. In addition, parents may register for the Foundation Course: Every Child Can!© and the enrichment course: “Teaching From The Inside Out,” by Edmund Sprunger
The enrichment course will look at the interplay between a growing child’s physical skills, cognitive capacities, and ability to regulate emotions. A specific focus of this course will be the ways in which children depend on their relationships with parents and teachers to develop these skills. The goal of this course is to use this knowledge of the developing child to help children and parents make full use of the information we teachers have to offer them.



The GWSI will be held at Bishop O’Connell High School, 6600 Little Falls Rd, Arlington, VA 22213.


     Foundation Course: Every Child Can!©

June 24, Saturday, 9:30 AM – 12 PM AND 2 – 5 PM

     Teacher Development Violin Book 1

June 25, Sunday, 8 AM – 12 PM AND 1 – 5 PM

June 26-30, 8:15 AM – 3 PM

July 1, 9 AM – 12 PM AND 1 – 4 PM

July 2, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

     All Students/Families Check-In and

     Teachers in Violin Courses Book 3 & 5, Cello Book 2 Check-in

June 25, Sunday, 2 PM – 5 PM

     Teacher Development Violin Book 3 and Book 5, Cello Book 2

June 26-30, Monday – Friday, 8:15 AM – 2:45 PM

     Teacher/Parent Enrichment Course:
Teaching from the Inside Out: Understanding the Inner World of the Developing Child

June 26-29, Monday – Thursday, 4 PM – 6:30 PM

     All Student Classes

June 26-30, Monday – Friday, 8:15AM-2:45PM

Daily Parent Lectures, 1:45PM

Daily Recitals, 3:00PM

Evening Student Recitals, 6:00PM Thursday

Final Concert, 6:00PM Friday

Children will receive their individual schedules via email the week prior to Institute.


Bishop O’Connell does not offer cafeteria services. There will be one or two food trucks parked outside of the school each day for convenient lunch options. You may also choose to pack a lunch.

Foxes Music Co. and Potter Violin Co. will be at the institute to provide services and supplies.


There is ample parking around the school. Parking is free.


The Suzuki Institute will be reserving a block of rooms at the Governor House Inn in Falls Church, 1.4 miles from the Institute. 6650 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA 22042. Transportation is available by Metro Rail and Arlington Bus Transit. Free internet, hot breakfast, shuttle service to East Falls Church Metro, and parking.  Rooms are air-conditioned.

Room rates are:

Double room with 2 double beds……………….. $89 + tax

When making reservations by phone, please mention rooms reserved under the name of Greater Washington Suzuki Institute to enjoy the reduced rate. It is possible for singles to share rooms. Roommate contact information will be sent if one is available. Reserve early and directly with the Governor House Inn by May 26. Rooms will be released after this date.

Governor House Inn

6650 Arlington Boulevard
Falls Church, VA 22042

Tel: (703) 532-8900

 Late Institute Registration

All students (including parents, teachers, observers, children and siblings) registering after June 1 must pay a late registration fee of $50.

Refund Policy

The Registration Fee is nonrefundable. All other fees are refundable, when written notice is postmarked before June 1. If postmarked on or after June 1, no refunds will be made.

For further information, please contact:

GWSI Business Director, Chris Sanchez

Email: (email preferred)

Telephone: 301-758-8710      Fax: 1-410-774-4661