What's the typical day at an institute like?


Erin & Christopher Palmer said: Mar 12, 2014
25 posts

I imagine this varies from institute to institute (we are going to the Greater Washington one), but I just want to get an idea of how long classes usually are (Book 1), are they back to back, etc. Is there anything going on at night? Thanks!

Katherine said: Mar 13, 2014
Suzuki Association Member
75 posts

Hi Erin

I just typed a message to you, and hit send .. and the message was erased—ugh.

I attended SAGWA Institute last summer—my daughter and a student attended w me (both Book I at the time), and I took some training.

There are 3 basic classes, each one hr: Master class (w 3 other students), group class, orchestra (or possibly music mind games for very young beginners not ready for orchestra). Each child has a unique schedule, so the classes may or may not be back to back. After lunch there is a one-hour "play in" for Book I—III students.

Late afternoon there are recitals/performances. I think there is only one evening recital, maybe 2. It's up to you if you participate in these or attend, of course. Depending on the age/attention span/etc of the child it may not be feasible (or advisable) to attend everything. It could be overwhelming. The final performance is in the evening.

Both my daughter and student overall greatly enjoyed the week. They also both grew immensely from the experience—equivalent to 2 months + of work at home, IMO. The teaching is incredible. Both came home highly motivated and enthusiastic.

I hope you and your child/ren enjoy it too!

Lori Bolt said: Mar 14, 2014
Lori BoltPiano
San Clemente, CA
262 posts

My Institute experience has been similar to Katherine's as far as the schedule goes. I would only add that afternoons do have a good amount of free time with some optional activities, so there is time to rest before an evening event. Don't be concerned about missing a recital or even an enrichment class (not the master class) so as not to overdue it if your child is younger. Have fun (and you will)!

Lori Bolt

Erin & Christopher Palmer said: Mar 17, 2014
25 posts

Thanks! My twin girls are 5, so it is good to know it is pretty flexible!
We are very much looking forward to it!

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