Our Program

student program
The daily schedule will consist of master class lessons (four children scheduled in a one-hour lesson—each one working individually with the teacher for fifteen minutes), repertoire classes, Play-Ins, solo recitals and concerts. In addition, younger students will participate in a Dalcroze Eurhythmics class (introduction to note reading through movement) every day and more advanced students will work in theory/reading classes.


advanced student’s program
All students—Book 4 and above—are enrolled in the Advanced Program. Those students will have a daily 20-minute master class lesson (instead of 15 minutes).


twinklers part day
For the youngest students, the Institute offers the Twinklers Part Day. This option is for Pre-Twinklers and Twinklers who are 3 or 4 years old. Each child will have three classes each day; individual master class lesson, group playing class and Eurhythmics. (The group playing class and Eurhythmics class will be 30 minutes in length each.) Children will not participate in recitals. The classes run from 10 am until 1 pm.

recital performance
Each student is asked to play a polished piece as a solo at the first private lesson - an opportunity for the teacher and student to get acquainted musically. All students should select a piece from the repertory that he or she has learned very well - possibly even performed already.


solo recitals - Solo recitals will ONLY be on Monday, June 29 from 3 - 4. Students who wish to play a solo will sign up on Sunday, June 28. A pianist will be at the recital to accompany students in their solo performance.


Teachers or adults, other than parents, who wish to observe Institute classes and activities must register as observers.


enrichment classes
Please note: students have two free periods—one of which is lunch. If a student chooses to sign up for two enrichment classes he/she would be able to eat lunch during the class breaks, but will not have an entire lunch period.


handbell choir

Learning to ring handbells as a group is a unique way of making music, and is a study in teamwork that cannot be surpassed!  Not only must one play one's assigned bell(s) at the correct time, one must listen carefully to those around them so as to have the assigned notes sound mellifluous in context.  Manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, and acute listening skills are developed, and lead to a rewarding musical experience and heightened sense of performance responsibility and accomplishment. And, it's fun! Students must be at least 7 years old to participate in this enrichment class.  Cost for the class is $150.00



Students playing in Book 2 and above may sign up for a Fiddling Class. The class will meet for 45 minutes per day and students will learn a variety of fiddling styles, techniques and tunes. The fee for the Fiddling Class is $150.


chamber ensemble
The more advanced students may elect to participate in a chamber ensemble for the week. Violinists must play in Suzuki Book 5 and higher. Violists and cellists must be in Suzuki Book 4 to sign up for chamber music. The fee for chamber ensemble participation is $200.


The composition class will be an exciting opportunity for young musicians to develop basic compositional skills.In addition, students will have the hands-on experience of working on finale - a computer music-writing program.  Students must be at least 8 years old and have 2 years of note reading experience to participate in this enrichment class. Cost for the class is 150.00

parent program
The Institute is designed to be a family experience. Since parent participation is an essential part of the Suzuki Method, at least one parent or guardian must attend all classes with his or her child(ren). Activities are spread throughout the day for most students. Families should make a commitment to participate in all activities offered in order to benefit fully from the Institute. Parents take study notes for their child and may video their child’s lesson if they wish.


parent discussion groups
Special lectures and discussions will be offered for parents throughout the week. Issues pertinent to parents of both beginning and advanced students will be discussed. Parent groups are led by Institute teachers, parents and invited guest speakers.


practice at the Westchester Suzuki Institute
Practice rooms are available for student/parent practicing throughout the day. In addition, practicing is welcome on the beautiful open lawn when weather permits.

3 - 4 PM special events hours

June 27 - Get Acquainted square dance for students and parents

June 28 - Argus String Quartet Concert
All institute participants and one parent accompanying the participant are free to attend the concert. Any additional student/adult tickets cost $5.00/each. The Argus Quartet is dedicated to celebrating the artistic landscape of our time by drawing unexpected connections across styles and centuries in order to foster community amongst performers, audiences, and composers alike. Highlights of the 2019-20 season include performances for Washington Performing Arts and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series. Currently based in New York, the Quartet previously served as Fellowship Quartet at the Yale School of Music and Graduate Resident Quartet at the Juilliard School.
June 29 - Solo recitals  (Voluntary) 
June 30 - Enrichment Class Concert
(fiddling, theory/reading classes, composition class, chamber ensembles)


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