Our Program

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 - 5 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.

student program - books 1 - 2
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 (playing group) 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.

 
book 3 and higher
All students—Book 3 and above— have a daily 20-minute master class lesson (instead of 15 minutes)

tween program - 12 - 15 year old students

students 12—15 years old will attend the institute without parent participation.  Students must be at least at the level of Suzuki violin Book 5 or viola and cello Suzuki Book 4.  These older students will  participate in five classes each day:
master class lessons—2 students in each lesson group;
  chamber ensemble;  repertoire class;  technique class; composition/music theory. Tweens will be supervised by a counselor.  They will have one hour free for lunch. 

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 take place one afternoon during the Institute at 3:00.  Students who wish to play a solo will sign up
to do so. 
A pianist will be at the recital to accompany students in their solo performance.

observers
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 s/he 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 and have 2 years of note reading experience to participate in this enrichment class.  Cost for the class is $100.00

fiddling

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 $100.

chamber ensemble
The more advanced students (not tween program participants) 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 $150.

composition/music theory
The composition/music theory 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 100.00

hidden gem composers

Learn exciting new music composed by people you have never heard of! 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 100.00
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
Activities may include:

OPENING CONCERT - Colin Jacobson Concert & Talk

Violinist and composer Colin Jacobsen is “one of the most interesting figures on the classical music scene” (Washington Post). An eclectic composer who draws on a range of influences, he was named one of the top 100 composers under 40 by NPR listeners. He is also active as an Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning soloist and a touring member of Yo-Yo Ma’s famed Silk Road Ensemble. For his work as a founding member of two game-changing, audience-expanding ensembles – the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and orchestra The Knights – Jacobsen was recently selected from among the nation’s top visual, performing, media, and literary artists to receive a prestigious and substantial United States Artists Fellowship.

(Westchester Virtual Institute Viola Teacher Miranda Sielaff – member of the Knights as well.)

A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, Jacobsen's principal teachers have included Doris Rothenberg, Louise Behrend, Robert Mann and Vera Beths. He received an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2003.

Colin will talk about his performing, composing and upbringing through the Suzuki Method.

Get Acquainted square dance for students and parents
Cassatt String Quartet Concert & Talk
The Cassatt String Quartet was the first quartet chosen for Juilliard’s Young Artists Quartet Program. Since then, they have performed at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Music Theater, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Theatre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, and the Beijing Central Conservatory in China.

The Cassatt has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today, Boston’s WGBH, and New York’s WQXR and WNYC. They have 30 recordings and were named three times to Alex Ross’ 10 best classical recordings of the year in The New Yorker magazine. The quartet is named for the celebrated American impressionist painter Mary Cassatt. 
Solo recitals  (Voluntary)  
Enrichment Class Concert
(fiddling, theory/reading classes, composition class, chamber ensembles)
June 30 - PLAY DOWN CONCERT - EVERYONE IN THE INSTITUTE
 
 

Colin Jacobson

Colin Jacobson

Cassatt Quartet

Cassatt Quartet

Institute Square Dance