The Great Lakes Suzuki Institute welcomes students of all experience and ability levels! All student participants will receive individual masterclass-style instruction with our renowned Suzuki instructors as well as Suzuki repertoire group class, chamber music, and enrichment. Recent enrichment offerings have included: chamber music, yoga, and introduction to orchestral flute!
2019 student classes run from 10 am to 3:30 pm, Tuesday, July 9, to Friday, July 12 and from 10 am to noon on Saturday, July 13, followed by a Celebration Concert at 1 pm.
Student tuition for 2019 is $260 CAD, plus a registration fee of $40 CAD. New for this year: reduced rates for students in groups of three or more! Each student in a group of three will receive $25 off tuition, groups of five get $50 off per student!
There are a variety of housing options near the GYMC.
The University of Guelph rents its student housing as part of a summer hostel program. Their dorms are about a 10 minute drive or a 40 minute walk from the GYMC and are the most affordable option:
There are also several hotels nearby.
Frequently Asked Questions
How should we prepare for the institute?
Students should review all of the repertoire leading up to their current piece. These pieces will be worked on in the group class.
Bring a polished piece to work on in master class. You should have all of the notes and rhythms down and the piece should be memorized. This will allow the master class teacher to work with you on musicality and refining execution, rather than on learning the basics of the piece.
Also bring another piece, highly polished (preferably one you have previously performed) to play in the informal recital.
What are master classes?
In master classes, students share the hour with one or two other students (possibly three in the case of younger students). Each works with the master class teacher on their chosen piece, and all of the students observe each others’ lessons and have the chance to learn through observation as well as through their own lesson.
Can we bring a piece that is not in the Suzuki repertoire?
Yes. In the case of advanced or lesser-known pieces, it is better to give the master class teacher a heads-up so that they can also look at the piece before the institute. (Note from a master class teacher: I once learned a whole new sonata because I had to teach it in an upcoming workshop. What a great opportunity!)
What if my piece is not memorized?
Do your best - you want to know the piece thoroughly to get the most out of the class. Usually a memorized piece best fits that bill.