Buffalo-Niagara Suzuki Institute

Buffalo-Niagara Suzuki Institute
Buffalo, NY

This course explores the application of Suzuki philosophy and materials in classroom settings. The Suzuki in the Schools Course presents strategies for incorporating Suzuki philosophy and methodology in the beginning stages of technical instruction. A sequenced repertoire that supports the technical and musical study of beginning level students in the string class setting will be presented and opportunities for transfer to other learning situations will be discussed. Effective learning sequences that focus on the development of excellent fundamental skills will be the focus of each class session. Participants will acquire a basic understanding of fundamental principles of learning, and practice creating successful learning experiences that effectively change student thinking and behavior.

The course is taught by SAA registered Suzuki in the Schools trainers and includes 15 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of observation in live and video settings. Participants wishing to register the course with the SAA must have completed and registered ECC and Book 1 in their individual instrument. The technical aspects of the curriculum are focused on violin, viola, cello and bass, however transfer of learning principles and adaptation of materials can be applicable to any instrument.


July 2020

For Teachers Instructor Audition



Student Fees


Teacher Fees

  • Registration Fee $35
  • Course Fee $475

Individuals seeking application and registration materials should email:
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Full-time College Student Scholarships

For Students, Amount: $100, Application due: June 1
College Students enrolled in a degree program for the 2020-2021 academic year seeking financial assistance should email the Institute director: [javascript protected email address]

Housing & Meals

Registrants are responsible for securing their own housing. Numerous accommodations are available in the Buffalo State College and downtown area. Registrants seeking additional information regarding housing can contact the institute director at [javascript protected email address].


Located on shores of Lake Erie, Buffalo is the second largest city in New York State. Buffalo State College is located close to the downtown area and directly across from the Albright–Knox Art Gallery, The Burchfield Penny Art Center and Delaware Park. The City of Buffalo is rich with history, examples of exquisite architecture, and diverse regional cuisine. Niagara Falls State Park is only 16 miles from downtown and no passport is needed to experience the beauty of the falls. July is the perfect time to visit the Buffalo Niagara region and enjoy the beauty of Western New York.

The SAA does not run the workshops and summer institutes; it approves separate businesses to run them. For specific information on schedules, enrollment, pricing, housing, etc. please contact sponsoring organizations directly with inquiries. To get your event listed here, please see the Event Listing Guide.