Best Suzuki Institute for a Book One 9 yr old boy


Kim Hatler said: Oct 12, 2014
 4 posts

Hi! My name is Kim and I have two children- one is a boy who is 9, and a girl who is 6. Both have summer birthdays and will be close to turning 10 and 7 next summer when it is time for institutes. We live in Memphis and we went to the Memphis Suzuki Institute last summer and it was great except for ONE thing. The Book One violin group had only one boy- my son. Furthermore, there was only one child that was older (i think she was 10 at the time) and she was almost done with book one and my kids were just starting. So there were many kids that were younger than my son, and much more advanced. They had been playing longer. I am hoping that there are institutes in the US that simply have more kids in general (there were about 8 kids total in our book one class last yr). He did make friends with a little boy who was in book 2, but they were rarely together. I suspect Memphis’s institute is small. Is there a better institute (I am even open to international, but would prefer US due to finances) that might just simply have more kids and therefore more beginner boys? He is doing very well, but will probably still be on book one next summer, but probably near the end- so he would still be in the same class in Memphis, since that is how they organize the kids. I really want him to like violin and he is starting to, but I suspect if he could find even ONE more boy that is his age that is around his level, it would be really an awesome experience for him. I know that this is early, but I need to start planning soon, if the institute is far away. And, if any of you have a boy who is in the same predicament as my son, I am curious what your experiences with institutes were. Thanks! Kim

Blaise Poth said: Oct 12, 2014
Blaise Poth
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Suzuki in the Schools
Louisville, KY
11 posts

Hello Kim,

My name is Blaise Poth and I wanted to let you know that not to far north
we have a Suzuki Summer String Institute in Louisville, Ky. The dates this
next summer are June 14-19, 2015. We don’t currently have our information
up for next summer but I can promise that we always have a fun time and big
mix of both girls and boys. If you would like more information please feel
free to call or e-mail.

There are so many great institutes to choose from! Best wishes in finding
just the right one!
Blaise Poth
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Sharon Neufeld said: Oct 20, 2014
Sharon NeufeldViolin, Viola
Sioux Falls, SD
14 posts

Hi Kim,

The Chicago Suzuki Institute is FANTASTIC! It’s big enough that there will be plenty of boys & girls at all levels, and draws some of the best teachers in the country!

The institute always happens over July 4th week, so next summer will likely be June 28-July 4. The website is

There is on campus housing, or you can stay in the La Quinta (Bannockburn location) which is literally right across the street. Many institute families stay there, and there are even some institute classes held in their large meeting rooms. I highly recommend getting on the institute’s food plan in the dining hall—a lot of variety of great food, and a very good way to continue the social connections made in classes.

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Kim said: Oct 24, 2014
 39 posts

Both Colorado and American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, WI are large violin institutes with a big range of students. We’ve been to both several times.

That said, I think it’s always a risk since you won’t know who is in your groups until you get there. My violinist has had groups I would have preferred ended up a little differently at both institutes, but we’ve always found friends to mix with and had a great time!

Katherine said: Oct 27, 2014
Suzuki Association Member
75 posts

We really enjoyed the Green Mountain Institute in VT last summer. There were a variety of interesting classes (improvisation, composition, fiddling) not always offered at Suzuki Institutes, especially for less advanced students. It is hard to predict the mix of girls and boys and also the # of older children at less advanced levels, but this Institute did have a nice mix of genders and ages in Book I—II last summer.

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