Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute

Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute
Pittsburgh, PA

The Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute is a full-service small institute located on the campus of an independent school just outside Pittsburgh, PA. We offer a student institute and teacher training courses on cello, flute, guitar, piano, and violin. We offer room and board on campus for very reasonable rates. We welcome students of violin, viola, cello, flute, guitar, and piano.


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Student Fees

  • Pre-Twinkle $290
  • Book 1, age 5 and under $315
  • Books 1 and 2, age 6 and above $330
  • Books 3 and above $380
  • Extra Electives $65 each

Teacher Fees

  • Every Child Can $125
  • Unit 1 $610
  • Unit 1 & ECC $700
  • All other courses $400 each, or $700 for 2 units taken together


GPSI Scholarships for Cello, Flute, and Guitar Students

For Students, Amount: Basic tuition of $175, Application due: June 1
We offer scholarships for cello, flute, and guitar students that enable 3 students of each of those instruments who have not received the scholarship in previous years to attend GPSI for $175. That would cover the basic tuition, including masterclasses, group classes, and one elective. There is an additional charge for extra electives. The scholarships are awarded in the order that completed registrations from those requesting them are received, and priority is given to students who are playing in the Suzuki books being offered in the teacher training unit courses. Call us at (412) 414-1156 if you are interested.

Housing & Meals

Dorms are available on the evening of August 5, 2017. Adults, $30/night; ages 4—11, $25/night; under age 4 free. Maximum $100/night for family of 6, $75/night for family of 4. Trainees sharing a room pay $25/night. Meal plan $28 per person, per day; under age 4 free. A la carte meals: breakfast—$6.50, lunch—$8, dinner—$12. Food service in the dining hall not available on weekends; teacher trainees and faculty can order food to be brought to campus on weekends. ALL DORM AND DINING RESERVATIONS MUST BE CONFIRMED BY JULY 15, 2017, NO EXCEPTIONS!


There are many opportunities for visiting museums, attending sporting events, and sight-seeing in the area. The campus had large outdoor areas for games. There are public swimming pools close by where participants can swim for a fee each day. There will be electives scheduled during the Parent Education Seminar each day for the regular elective fee.

Other Info

Child care may be available if arranged well in advance. There will not be drop-in child care.

PLEASE NOTE: The Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Student Institute begins in the afternoon of Sun., August 6, 2017. Registration will take place at noon and the first class will begin at 1:30pm. At 12:30pm there will be an audition for all those who have signed up for Chamber Music so that the groups can be well-matched in terms of sight-reading and playing ability. We schedule the Sunday classes in order to have all of Friday afternoon free for concerts without penalizing those who have regular classes scheduled in the afternoon. The Sunday afternoon activities are not optional but are regular classes.

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.