I AM Festival

I AM Festival
Indianapolis, IN

The 10th Annual IAM Festival -Indiana’s Suzuki Institute- gives students the opportunity to learn, play and perform in a fun and unique summer camp setting. We invite you and your students to join us in Indy in July.

What happens during the week?

Every day, students attend lessons and classes. Mornings (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) are devoted to core music classes – semi-private lessons, repertoire study, orchestra (early reading and advanced), and music theory. Afternoon (1 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.), students have the opportunity to take electives including family chorus, jazz, fiddling, handbells, composition, music/movement, voice, gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, and visual arts.

During the week, well-prepared students perform in our 4:30 p.m. recitals. We also offer a trip to a nearby park for a performance by local professional musicians.

On Thursday evening, students, faculty, and families participate in our Talent Show and Skit Night! Special performances by fiddling and martial arts classes!

Friday is performance day! Students of all ages and abilities may play on a recital, and all of our ensembles and some group classes perform in our final concert. The festival ends with a traditional Suzuki play-in featuring our string students.



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Student Fees

No registration fee prior to June 1.

  • Tuition $225 (Suzuki and Traditional Students)
  • Additional Courses $60
  • Additional Daily Semi-Private Lesson $75

Visit our website for more information, including options and a complete list of enrichment courses.

-Registration deadline is July 1.
-Add $35 for registration submitted after June 1, $70 after June 15, $100 after July 1.

Teacher Fees

  • Every Child Can! $110 ($145 as standalone)

What Every Musician Needs To Know About the Body: $100

  • Piano 1 $625
  • Violin/Piano 2 $400
  • Violin 3 $400

Registration deadline: July 1
Add $35 for registration submitted after June 1, $70 after June 15, $100 after July 1.

Housing & Meals

Housing for out-of-town registrants is with La Quinta Inn Indianapolis North at Pyramids. Special rate for festival registrants includes full breakfast daily. Please visit www.indyAMfest.org for additional details. Many other affordable hotel options available nearby

Meals at festival site:
Lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Wednesday.
Please check website for updated prices!

Gluten-free, dairy-free available. Can accommodate other dietary restrictions. All food is prepared in-house by a kosher chef.



The IAM Festival is a wonderful experience for the entire family! Students, siblings, parents, and families can register for Family Chorus, Tae Kwon Do, Guitar, Gymnastics, Handbells, and Art. Additionally, the nearby Community Center (just across the street!) offers full membership to their facility for festival registrants for the duration of the festival. Family membership of $50 provides unlimited access to swimming/water park, tennis, exercise equipment, sauna, racquetball, and more! Located in the heart of Indianapolis, the IAM Festival is close to many museums and parks. Plan to come a day early and visit the world’s-largest Indianapolis Children’s Museum!

Other Info

The IAM Festival is rooted in the philosophy of educating the whole child. We are a Suzuki institute, but so much more! Our programs cultivate a wide variety of interests in our students and provide unmatchable support for parents and families.

Activities planned for weeknights include a “Talent Show and Skit Night” and a concert & picnic in a nearby park—consistently rated as one of the most enjoyable things we do as a festival! Recent performances include jazz masters and bluegrass legends. You won’t want to miss it!

Daily recitals showcase faculty, as well as students who demonstrate high levels of preparedness. Friday “all-call” recitals are available for any and all students who wish to perform, and all ensembles perform in Festival Finale on Friday evening. Saturday, we meet at the Indy Artsgarden for a public performance and celebration of a week well-spent!

Teen Program ($15)—supervision and activities, required for unaccompanied teens, recommended for all teens.

All facilities are handicap-accessible.
On-site childcare available.

Best route for out of town registrants:
Michigan Road exit off I-465.
South on Michigan Road to 71st St.
Left on 71st St. to Hoover Road.
South on Hoover to Hasten Hebrew Academy.

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.