Classes are open to all students who are currently studying the Suzuki piano, violin,
viola, cello, bass 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.
Full Day: $370
Half Day: $235 (Only available for 3-5 year old students)
Student Curriculum (Semi-Private Lessons and 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.
- 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.
- Music Theory Games
Students will be introduced to note names, rhythms, and musical terms through fun
and exciting music theory games.
Other musicianship classes will be added soon!
Students will create projects exploring different techniques and materials.
- Conducting (ages 8 and up)
Open to all students of all instruments. Note-reading is not required. Students
will learn conducting techniques using the Suzuki repertoire. Class will be led by
- Family Chorus
The Family Chorus will perform fun, energetic choral selections with an emphasis
on entertainment and participation. Chorus will be led by Robert Hauck.
- Fiddle Class (Strings Book Two and up)
Fiddler Steven Bowman will lead students on an exploration of many different styles
of fiddling and introduce students to improvisation.
- Orff Class
Students will be introduced to Orff instruments and experience music, which will
help develop style and sense of musical pulse.
- World Drumming (Ages 7 and up)
Memphis Symphony percussionist, Ed Murray, will introduce students to the music and
drumming techniques of different cultures using a variety of percussion instruments.
Siblings, ages 5 and older, who wish to participate in enrichment classes, may register
for Art, Family Chorus, Orff, and World Drumming classes at a fee of $65 per child/per
subject. Indicate enrollment on the registration form.
Student Daily Schedule (Subject to change)
8:30 – 11:30 am Classes
11:30am – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:00pm Recital Hour
2:00 – 4:00pm Classes
4:00 – 5:00pm Parent Lectures and Student Activities
Concerto Night (Tuesday, June 9 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 May 4. Registration payment must accompany audition
Choose only one piece from the list below.
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
Telemann – Concerto in G Major, second movement
Seits – Concerto, No. 4, first movement
Breval – Concerto, No. 2 in D Major, Rondo
Clementi – Sonatina, Op. 36, No. 1
Kuhlau – Sonatina, Op. 55, No. 1
Clementi – Sonatina, Op. 36, No. 3
Beethoven – Sonatina, Op. 49, No. 2
Beethoven – Sonata, Op. 48, first movement
For recorder Concerto Night pieces, please contact Samuel Sidhom at email@example.com or 901-678-4244
Honors Recitals (Monday, June 8; Wednesday, June 10, Thursday, June 11 at 1:00 pm
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 5. Registration payment must accompany audition
Audition recordings should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Memphis Suzuki Institute
Community Music School
3775 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN 38152
AUDITION RECORDINGS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 4. NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE WILL BE
SENT BY MAY 18.