Students

Classes are open to all Suzuki students who are currently studying the Suzuki piano, violin, viola, cello or recorder literature with a Suzuki instructor, Twinkle through the advanced level.  Semi-private lessons, small and large group classes, recitals, and enrichment classes meet daily.  Parents who feel their 3-5 year old students (Twinkle through mid-Book One) cannot make it through a full day of classes may register for a half-day, morning only (3 classes per day).
An adult must accompany students at all times during the Institute. Many families team together to share the responsibilities during the week.  Childcare is not available at the Institute.  Local students age 12 or older may attend without an adult.

Student Institute

June 10-15, 2018

Registration Fee

Student: $75
Family: $125

Student Tuition

Full Day: $425
Half Day: $285 (only available for 3-5 year old students)

Student Curriculum

Semi-Private Lessons & Group Classes
These classes are designed to reinforce the education received by both the studio teacher and the parent.  Students should be prepared to play a polished piece for the first semi-private lesson on Monday.  For the group class, pieces will be chosen from the repertoire list included in your registration packet.

Elective Classes
In addition to daily masterclasses and group classes, each full day student will choose two elective classes. See descriptions below.

Orchestra (string students only)
Violin students must be in at least Suzuki Book Three. Viola and cello students must be in at least Suzuki Book Two.  All players must be able to read in first position in the keys of C, G, & D.  Any violinist who also plays viola should note this on their registration form.

Chamber Music
Violin students must be in at least Suzuki Book Four.  Piano, viola, cello and recorder students must be in at least Suzuki Book Three.  Students must have advanced reading skills and the recommendation of their private teacher.  This class will replace a technique class in the student’s schedule.

Intro to Suzuki Recorder (piano and string students)
This class is an introduction to Suzuki recorder playing for students, ages 3 – 8, with zero to some recorder experience. The daily sessions will include group recorder playing, games and activities to provide the foundations for further training.

World Drumming (ages 7 and up)
Dr. David Dickens will introduce students to the music and drumming techniques of different cultures using a variety of percussion instruments.

Orff
Students will be introduced to Orff instruments and experience music, which will help develop style and sense of musical pulse.

Music Theory Games
In this introduction to note reading class, students will make their own musical games that will give them the basics of note reading, rhythms, dynamics and musical terms in a fun and playful atmosphere.

Story-bound: Singing, Playing, Moving and Acting
Students will work together to create an adaptation of a children’s book that uses various musical ideas and their acting abilities.

Art
Students will create projects exploring different techniques and materials.

Fiddle (string students only)
Traditional American fiddling. Students will learn standard fiddle tunes and techniques. Students should be at least mid-way through book one.

Modern Guitar (students should be in book 2 or above)
An introduction to modern guitar technique including the genres of rock, pop, country, blues, and jazz. Students will learn basic chord progressions and note patterns to classic and popular songs. For intermediate to advanced music students with no previous experience required.

Improvisation
Students will be encouraged to improvise through activities such as playing along to a chord progression, embellishing a melody, call and response, and musical storytelling. Different genres and historical eras of music will be explored, from Baroque to twentieth century jazz and popular music. Anyone can improvise.
Beginner Class: students should be at least mid-way through book one.
Advanced Class: for students in book three and above.

Jazz Violin (string student only)
An exploration of jazz standards and basic theory and improvisation. Students should be at the end of book two or above.

Concerto Night

Tuesday, June 12 at 7:00 pm

This special evening program features selected Suzuki Institute students performing solos accompanied by the faculty string orchestra.  Students wishing to perform must submit a video recording of a polished performance of any of the pieces listed below.  Because a maximum of 12 students will be selected based upon audition, no submissions will be considered if received after April 29.  Registration and payment must accompany audition materials.

Choose only one piece from the list below.

VIOLIN

Bach – A minor Concerto, any movement
Vivaldi – Concerto in G Minor, first movement
Suzuki Violin School, Volume 4, any piece or movement
Bach – “Double”, must be auditioned with another student as a pair

VIOLA

Telemann – Concerto in G Major, second movement

CELLO

Breval – Sonata in C Major, Op. 40, No. 1
Goltermann – Concerto No. 4

Breval – Concerto, No. 2 in D Major, Rondo

PIANO

Clementi – Sonatina, Op. 36, No. 1
Kuhlau – Sonatina, Op. 55, No. 1

Clementi – Sonatina, Op. 36, No. 3
Beethoven – Sonatina, Op. 49, No. 2
Haydn – Sonata, Op. 48, first movement

RECORDER

 For recorder Concerto Night pieces, please contact us at audition@suzukimemphis.com or 901-848-1955.

Audition recordings should be emailed to audition@suzukimemphis.com or mailed to: Memphis Suzuki Institute, 9245 Poplar Ave, Ste 5 #391, Germantown, TN 38138.

Honors Recitals

Monday, June 11; Wednesday, June 13, Thursday, June 14 at 1:00 pm each day

These special recitals will feature selected students enrolled in the Institute.  Students wishing to perform must submit a video recording of a polished performance of a Suzuki piece or supplemental piece (pieces not included in the Suzuki repertoire).  An accompanist will be provided for the recital.  If selected, please provide piano accompaniments for supplemental string pieces.  Please limit selections to 5 minutes.  Because a maximum of 45 students will be selected based upon audition, no submissions will be considered if received after May 4.  Registration payment must accompany audition materials.

Audition recordings should be emailed to audition@suzukimemphis.com or mailed to:Memphis Suzuki Institute, 9245 Poplar Ave, Ste 5 #391, Germantown, TN 38138.

Audition recordings must be received by April 28. Notification of acceptance will be sent by May 11.