Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute

Southwestern Ontario Suzuki InstituteSouthwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute
Waterloo, ON, Canada
mysosi.ca

SOSI is an annual six-day learning experience for junior to advanced students of all ages, including adult Suzuki students. Student programs in violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano include daily semi-private lessons, repertoire classes, reading ensemble classes/orchestra, enrichment classes, exciting optional classes, play-ins, recitals and concerts. Our Mini-Institute provides a taste of the Institute to our younger first-time registrants who would like a half-day schedule. SOSI’s Young Artist Programs for violin, cello, and piano offer instruction in a setting that moves towards traditional music college/university instruction while maintaining roots in Suzuki philosophy and pedagogy. For parents, SOSI provides an opportunity to share ideas and learn new skills in working with their children. Suzuki teachers can develop and enhance their teaching skills during courses with outstanding instructors in violin, viola, cello, bass and piano!
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Pricing

Student Fees

Students: In person or online programs. Some optionals and cello choir not available online; All fees in $CDN

  • Registration: Early Bird $45 (by May 31)
  • Late Bird $85 (June 1 or later)
  • Mini (first or second year at SOSI-students 7 and under) $350
  • Junior (Books 1-3) $500
  • Intermediate (Books 4-6) $530 (Cello $545, includes Cello Choir)
  • Senior (Books 7+) $575 (Cello $590, includes Cello Choir)
  • Young Artist Program (in person only-post book 8, by audition) $665 (includes Cello Choir)

Optional classes $125

Teacher Fees

Courses are in person or online for 2022; All fees in $CDN

  • Registration: Early Bird $45 (by May 31)

Late-$85 (after June 1)

  • ECC $225
  • Unit 1 $765
  • Unit 2+ $495
  • Teaching Strategies $330
  • Observers (student classes) $30. Teachers with students enrolled at SOSI observe student classes gratis.

*Please do not book any travel for in-person courses until the course has been confirmed (mid-July). If a course has to be cancelled tuition fees will be refunded; travel costs can not be.

Scholarships

SAA Teacher Development Scholarships

For Teachers, Amount: varies, Application due: February 5
SAA Teacher Development scholarships provide tuition assistance for pedagogy study at approved Summer Institutes, Latin American Festivals, workshops, or through other SAA-approved Teacher Development programs. Decisions are based primarily on merit, with consideration also given to expressed need. Awards are limited to the study of Suzuki book units and the SAA Practicum and paid directly to the Institute, university or sponsoring agency after SAA receives verification of the applicant’s acceptance into the course/program. Scholarships will be awarded for training between May 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. Scholarships will not be awarded to the same applicant for more than 3 consecutive years, or for more than 3 times over a 5-year period. Applications must be submitted/postmarked by February 5, 2017, midnight MST. See the SAA website for complete details: https://suzukiassociation.org/teachers/training/scholarship

Sally Gross Cello Scholarship

For Students, Amount: $225, Application due: May 1
Sally Gross is one of SOSI's founding directors and served as its Cello Director for 31 years, retiring at the end of the 2014 season. To honour the great contribution Sally has made to the cello program at SOSI over her tenure, her colleagues have donated funds to assist a dedicated Book 1 cello student who would like to attend SOSI in 2019 but requires financial assistance. Please send: 1) Regular Student Application form with registration fee. 2) A short letter of recommendation by the student’s individual Suzuki teacher (the letter should describe the family’s financial limitations, and dedication to Suzuki lessons). 3) A copy of income verification (T4 summary sheet). If the bursary is awarded, it will be applied toward the tuition fee. The names of those receiving bursaries will be strictly confidential. Applying students who do not receive a bursary may withdraw their application without penalty. For further information please contact Tracy Jewell at [javascript protected email address]

SOSI Student Bursaries

For Students, Amount: $225, Application due: May 1
A limited number of $225 bursaries are available for reduced SOSI tuition fees. They are intended to assist dedicated students who would like to attend SOSI but who require financial assistance. Please send: 1. Regular Student Application form with registration fee. 2. A short letter of recommendation by the student’s individual Suzuki teacher (the letter should describe the family’s financial limitations, and dedication to Suzuki lessons). 3. A copy of income verification (T4 summary sheet). If the bursary is awarded, it will be applied toward the tuition fee. The names of those receiving bursaries will be strictly confidential. Applying students who do not receive a bursary may withdraw their application without penalty. Contact Tracy Jewell at [javascript protected email address]

Suzuki Association of Ontario Teacher Training Scholarships

For Teachers, Amount: $200, Application due: May 31
SAO Teacher Training Scholarships The SAO board will award scholarships for teacher development. *Applicant must be a member of the SAO and SAA. *To apply, complete the Scholarship Application Form (download from http://suzukiontario.org/scholarships-bursaries/) *If the member is awarded a scholarship, then a $200 cheque will be issued to the applicant payable to the actual course treasury. There are two draws a years, with the deadlines of October 31 and May 31. This scholarship is only valid from one year after the deadline for applying. In the event the applicant does not register, the cheque would be void and cancelled. Upon completion of the course, the applicant is requested to write a few words of appreciation (maximum 300) to be published in the next newsletter. Please email scholarship applications to: Fanny Martin, Executive Assistant Suzuki Association of Ontario [javascript protected email address]

Housing & Meals

Housing at SOSI can be in one of the many residences at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. Please see our website www.mysosi.ca for more information on pricing, types of residences available, instructions for how to register for housing, and what meal options are available.

Recreation

Recreational opportunities at SOSI include organized soccer games, use of the university’s athletic facilities (at an extra cost), daily craft items that students can make (extra cost), plus many parks, attractions, and things to do in Waterloo and region. See https://explorewaterloo.ca

Other Info

Bursaries for students and teachers are available. Discounts on teacher development courses are available to teachers who have students enrolled at SOSI. See our website for details and application deadlines.


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