Chicago Suzuki Institute - Advanced Program

Saturday, July 1 - Friday, July 7, 2023


The Advanced Student Program is designed for string students who would like a more intensive program of applied instrumental study in addition to the
chamber music experience. 


Advanced Program Components
  - 3 one-hour private lessons and 2 coachings with a collaborative pianist over the

    course of the week

  - Daily technique class, repertoire class, chamber music coaching,

    and orchestra

  - Special classes (including viola for violinists and cello choir)

  - Students in the Advanced Program are expected to be prepared to perform
    a solo during the Institute


Complete the online Chamber/Advanced Audition form >>


VIew check list and all registration forms >>


Additional information about the 2023 Chicago Suzuki Institute can be found here.



Child Care is not available.  This is not a drop off camp.  Parents or caregivers should be prepared to attend classes all week with the students.


*Please note:  individual arrangements must be made in advance for any student who wishes to attend the Institute without a chaperone for the Advanced program



Audition Information & Requirements (by audition only)

Students interested in the Advanced Music Program should have:
  - intermediate (or higher) sight-reading skills
  - strong independent practicing skills

  - studying Book 7 or beyond (or equivalent as determined by
    the Institute director)


Required Materials:

  - High-quality audition
  - Advanced Program Audition form

  - Completed registration form

  - Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s home teacher and the signed chamber music/advanced program assessment form is required.

  - All applicants (new and returning) must submit a recording. 


Recording Submission Guidelines

  1. Audition recordings should be submitted as a YouTube link (or equivalent)
  2. Submission should include TWO pieces contrasting in style and tempo.
           Please list selections in order on the label/email.
    3.    Piano accompaniment is recommended for string players
    4.    All submissions should be reviewed by the home teacher prior to submission.
    5.    Performances should represent the most polished level,
           not necessarily the most advanced piece.

** If accepted into the Advanced Program, the applicant will be invited to perform one of the pieces submitted on his/her audition reoording on a recital. No substitutions will be allowed. **


Suzuki Philosophy - shared responsibility, defined roles


A major tenet of the Suzuki philosophy is that each child works with a parent or guardian in the home practice between lessons.   

For this reason, a parent or guardian must accompany all students in classes throughout the week.


The Suzuki philosophy benefits the student and parent in many ways:

  - The parent can help the student better understand and keep track
    of daily assignments

  - Parents serve as the interface between the home teacher and the institute
    teacher as needed by the student

  - Students witness other students working with their parents and gain insight
    into their working relationship with their own parent

  - Students and parents share in the overall experience, thus enriching the home
    practice throughout the school year


Any exception to the parental attendance requirement must be discussed and approved by the institute director in advance.