Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute

Japan-Seattle Suzuki InstituteJapan-Seattle Suzuki Institute
Seattle, WA

Join us for music-making and learning on the beautiful campus of Seattle Pacific University. Entering our 30th season, JSSI continues our tradition of hosting teachers and students from Japan, Seattle, and beyond. Our institute serves commuters in the Seattle area and hosts out-of-town participants in the dorms. We offer classes for the youngest students—Suzuki Early Childhood Education—to advanced masterclasses in our Young Artists program, as well as teacher workshops.

Enrichment options include improv (new!), Dalcroze, and chamber music for books 5 and up!

Nakajima Sensei (cello) will be joining us from Japan and bringing Suzuki students from Japan. Our Young Artist masterclass teachers in 2020 are Amy Sue Barston (cello) and Elisa Barston (violin).

New this year: the student institute is running Tuesday—Saturday.


August 2020

For Students

For Teachers Instructor Audition



Student Fees

Registration Opens: March 1, 2020
Registration Deadline: June 1, 2020

  • Registration Fee $35 early bird, $65 regular, $100 late
  • Suzuki Early Childhood Education $75
  • Pre-Twinkle $225
  • Student Books 1-3 $495
  • Student Books 4-7 $540
  • Student Books 8+ $575
  • Young Artists $695
  • Dalcroze $75
  • Viola for Violinists $75
  • Improvisation $75
  • Chamber Music $95

Teacher Fees

Registration Opens: March 1, 2020
Please register early! The institute may cancel teacher workshops that do not meet minimum enrollment.

  • Registration $35 early bird, $65 regular, $100 late
  • Every Child Can $75
  • Cello Unit 1 $725
  • Violin Units 2, 5 & 8 $500
  • SECE Prenatal & Early Years, Stage 2 $640


Need-based scholarships from JSSI

For Students, Amount: TBD, Application due: May 15
The Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute offers partial, need-based scholarships to a limited number of students. Scholarship applications are due May 15th and will be available as part of registration. https://japanseattle.org/scholarships/ Please follow the link and scroll down for instructions on writing a letter of recommendation, if your student is applying for a scholarship to JSSI.

Student Scholarships through SAWS

For Students, Amount: $400, Application due: March 1
Scholarships are available for the Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute through the Suzuki Association of Washington State (SAWS). Please check here for details and to confirm the application deadline: https://suzukiwashington.org/scholarships/?doing_wp_cron=1506558819.2634799480438232421875

Teacher Scholarships through SAWS

For Teachers, Amount: $400, Application due: March 1
Suzuki Association of Washington offers $400 scholarships for teachers who are current members of SAWS and want to continue their Suzuki Teacher Training education by taking short or long-term Suzuki teacher training. Please only apply if you are a SAWS member. Please visit the link below for additional details and to confirm the application deadline: https://suzukiwashington.org/scholarships/?doing_wp_cron=1506558819.2634799480438232421875

Housing & Meals

Housing is available in university dormitories; meals are available through the cafeteria. Please visit our website for pricing.


Seattle Pacific University, just minutes from downtown Seattle, offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in one of the most beautiful waterfront cities in the United States. There is a running trail along the canal next to campus, and we are a pleasant walk away from many restaurants. Breathtaking scenery, mountains, saltwater beaches, and the Seattle Center are within driving distance. There are many tourist attractions (including several national parks) for those who wish to combine institute with a vacation in the Northwest.

Other Info

Seattle Pacific University offers free parking during institute in designated lots.

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.