Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute

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

Join us as we continue our 30+ year tradition of supporting Dr. Suzuki’s dream of peace through music!

Young musicians and their parents learn with joy from master-level Suzuki teachers in 60-minute classes: masterclass/lesson, technique, repertoire, orchestra or Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and an enrichment. Students up to age 7 can enroll in a morning-only program.

Advanced students in cello book 6, viola book 6, and finished with violin book 8 can audition for our Young Artist program, where their technique and artistry soar as they receive feedback and guidance from world class Teacher Artists, led by power duo Amy Barston, cello, and Elisa Barston, violin. We are thrilled to welcome Kayleigh Miller to our Young Artist faculty on viola!

Formal and informal performance opportunities, evening concerts, and the teen social round out the schedule.

Our students light up with pride and excitement over their efforts and progress, and experience the fun of connecting and collaborating with peer musicians, while parents see their confidence, musical voice, and expression blossom.

Our teacher training program is extensive and includes online training options, so enjoy the convenience of online training hours AND the benefit of hands-on experience with our great mentors!

Join us this summer at Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute!


July 2024

For Teachers Instructor

August 2024

For Students

For Teachers Instructor



Student Fees

  • Registration $60- $125
  • Pretwinkle $250
  • Books 1-3 $650
  • Books 4-6 $685
  • Books 7-8 $700
  • Young Artists $800

Teacher Fees

Please visit https://japanseattle.org/tuition/ for details.


Need-based scholarships from JSSI

For Students, Amount: TBD, Application due: May 31
The Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute offers partial, need-based scholarships to a limited number of students. Scholarship applications are due May 31st and will be available as part of registration. https://japanseattle.org/scholarships/

Student Scholarships through SAWS

For Students, Amount: $400, Application due: March 15
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 15
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

For photos, details, and up-to-date dorm pricing, visit https://japanseattle.org/staying-on-campus/

Each person is charged a linen fee of $20 for the week as well as nightly per person room rates.

2023 rates:
Single Occupancy – $68/night/per person.
Double Occupancy – $58/night/per person.
Triple Occupancy (limited availability) – $45/night/person.
Child rate (ages 5-10) – $30/night/person
Baby rate (ages 0-4) – no charge

Details about on-campus meals are available at https://japanseattle.org/meals.


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

As a Suzuki institute, we are working to develop each side of the Suzuki triangle: student, parent, teacher. We expect each student under 12 to attend with a parent or other responsible adult. We do not want this expectation to prevent participation. Please contact the director before registering if you would like to discuss alternate arrangements for your child at JSSI.

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.