Greater Washington Suzuki Institute

Greater Washington Suzuki InstituteGreater Washington Suzuki Institute
Washington, DC

Online for 2021!

Celebrating its 44th year, the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute is pleased to present its all-inclusive online program for the youngest pre-twinkle beginners through our most advanced performers studying standard concerto literature. Violin, cello, viola and bass students will work with our world class faculty in an online setting. All participants will experience masterclasses with 3-4 students per class, repertoire/technique classes, and two enrichment classes included with each student registration. We are excited to offer Jonathan Reok’s Rhythm Rhythm Revolution, music reading games, fiddling and Christian Howes’ “Creative String Playing” approach to improvisation. We welcome guest artists Katie Lansdale, Akemi Takayama and Charles Castleman to work with our advanced violin students in masterclasses, workshops on unaccompanied Bach, improvisational approaches for Mozart cadenzas, audition preparation and more. Daily guest artist concerts with Q&A sessions, faculty performances and student highlight performances plus talks for Suzuki parents will round out our weeklong celebration fostering collaborative music making, friendships with music students around the world, and a nurturing learning environment.

Teachers will study with our stellar teacher trainers to earn SAA approved training and will have the opportunity to observe our guest clinicians teaching students as part of the training.


No upcoming events. Please check back later for future events.



Student Fees

Pre-twinkle (violin/cello): $395

  • Prelude Program (violin bk 1-3, cello/viola bk 1-2, bass bk 1) $445
  • Vivace Program (violin bk 4-5, cello/viola bk 3-4, bass bk 2) $470
  • Artist Program (violin bk 6+, cello/viola bk 5+, bass bk 3+) $495

Enrichments: included in course fees and assigned based on age and level:
Rhythm Rhythm Revolution with Jonathan Reok, Music Theory Games, Fiddling, Play-In with Terry Durbin,
Improvisation with Christian Howes, Repertory Workshop with Katie Lansdale, Technique Tips and Tricks

Teacher Fees

Every Child Can: $150— David Strom

  • Unit 1 $750— Ronda Cole, violin and Shu-Yi Scott, cello
  • Unit 2 $500, Ann Montzka-Smelser, violin and Alice Vierra, cello
  • Unit 3 $500— David Strom, violin
  • Enrichment Course $275

Dr. Timothy Durbin—A Survey of Supplemental Literature for use with Suzuki Books 5 and up

  • Enrichment Course $275

Charles Krigbaum—Preparing for Kreutzer/Preparing for Carl Flesch

Early registration discounts for enrichment courses only.


GWSI Scholarships for Teachers and Students

For Teachers, Amount: Variable, Application due: April 1
GWSI makes a limited number of partial scholarships available to teachers and students who are attending GWSI for the first time and demonstrate significant financial need. Applications are due by April 1, 2021. Apply through the GWSI website (

SAGWA Institute Scholarships

For Students, Amount: Variable, Application due: April 1
SAGWA members can apply for an Institute Scholarship which provides tuition-based assistance for the GWSI Teacher Development and Student Programs. Applications are due by April 15, 2021. Apply through the SAGWA website (

The SAA sets guidelines for Suzuki institutes, festivals and teacher workshops and sanctions separate organizations to manage such events. For specific information on schedules, enrollment, pricing, housing, etc. please contact sponsoring organizations directly. Please see the Event Listing Guide regarding the posting of events.