Welcome Students!

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: juggling, art, and jazz improvisation.

2017 student classes run from 10 am to 3:30 pm, Tuesday, July 11, to Friday, July 14 and from 10 am to noon on Saturday, July 15, followed by a Celebration Concert at 1 pm.

Student tuition for 2017 is $260, plus a registration fee of $40.

Student Registration Form



McMaster offers a variety of on-campus housing options. More information to be found at:

Other housing options include:

The Visitors Inn

The Admiral Inn

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.