Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute

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

Seattle’s premier summer music institute since 1988! Join us in-person for an inspiring blend of musical excellence, fun, and interactive learning as we celebrate 30 years together!

Our program allows young musicians to learn with joy from master-level Suzuki teachers. Students will participate in five classes per day: masterclass, technique, repertoire, orchestra or Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and an enrichment. Students up to age 7 have the option to enroll in a morning-only program which will include masterclass and Dalcroze.

Young Artists will be guided by power duo Amy Sue Barston, cello, and Elisa Barston, violin. Course offerings parallel what is offered to all students, with expanded chamber music study.

New: we’ve expanded class times to a full hour, allowing 15 minutes between classes.

Featured artist performances by Amy Sue Barston, cellist, and Elisa Barston, violinist

Teachers seeking additional development can study:
Suzuki Early Childhood Education Stage 2 with Danette Warren Schuh
Violin Unit 1 with Tracy Helming Wiggin
Violin Unit 3 with Edmund Sprunger
Violin Unit 6 with Daniel Gee Cordova
Violin Unit 9 & 10 with Cathy Lee
Violin Enrichment: Achieving Artistry by Teaching from Every Page with Allen Lieb

This summer, be inspired, be engaged, be heard!
Join us at Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute


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Student Fees

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Teacher Fees

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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

On-campus housing and meals are available. Please visit our website for details.


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.

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.