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Bishop O'Connell High School

6600 Little Falls Road

Arlington, VA 22213

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The 41st Annual Greater Washington Suzuki Institute (GWSI)

Suzuki Student Institute, June 26 - June 30, 2017
(Teacher Development Schedule Below)


Violin, viola and cello students who study violin, viola, cello (pre-Twinkle through advanced levels), by the Suzuki approach, or bass by any method, participate in the Institute as a supplement to year-round instruction. They will enjoy individual and group instruction and be motivated to be in the company of other students and families who value and actively pursue musical, personal and talent development.


The violin and cello programs have a daily schedule for violin and cello students which includes an individual lesson in master class style, a repertory class and orchestra for those eligible. Longer lessons are planned for students who register at or beyond Book 4.

The viola program offers a daily lesson and participation in orchestra. Violists are encouraged to enroll in the quartet/chamber music elective. Viola players wishing to participate in only orchestra may register paying only the registration fee.

The bass program offers a daily lesson and participation in orchestra. Bass players wishing to participate only in orchestra may register paying only the registration fee.

Play-ins (just for fun), offered for violin and cello students, are held through the week, mostly during parent lecture time.

Students and faculty perform in the afternoon recitals. In addition, Thursday evening is devoted to student recitals, providing an additional recital opportunity for all students prepared to perform.

Students will be automatically assigned to orchestras according to advancement.

Electives include:

  • Music Mind Games (MMG) is free for those who register as a Pre-Twinkler or Twinkler. Book 1 and 2 students who apply for elective placement in Music Mind Games will be considered for inclusion based on their age and available space.

  • Quartet/Chamber Music is offered to students in book 3 and above.

  • Scottish Fiddling (non-Suzuki) is offered to violinists in late book 2 and above.


Students should come prepared to play a polished piece for their first master class lesson. The institute teacher can readily assess the student’s needs by hearing a technically and musically mature piece. Soloists may be nominated to perform in the afternoon recitals.

Students may also sign up to perform in the Thursday, 6PM recitals.

The repertory to be prepared for the group repertory classes will be sent via email to all registrants in May.


Parental participation, essential to the success of the Suzuki approach, is expected. Parents will attend lessons with their children and help them to prepare for the next day’s classes. Effort is made to avoid scheduling simultaneous individual lessons for siblings except for ages 13 and older. For mature teenagers who practice on their own and can be relied upon to safely manage the Institute day without supervision, the parent may sign a release form for the child to attend alone.

Lectures and panel discussions on topics of interest are prepared for all parents. In addition, parents may register for the Foundation Course: Every Child Can© and the enrichment course: Teaching From The Inside Out: Understanding the Inner World of the Developing Child, a seminar for parents and teachers by Edmund Sprunger (see the Suzuki Teacher Development Program below).

Suzuki Teacher Development Program, June 24 - July 2, 2016

  • Every Child Can!© June 24

  • Violin Unit 1 June 25 - July 2

  • Violin Units 3 & 5 June 26 - 30

  • Cello Unit 2 June 26 - 30

  • Enrichment Course June 26 - 29

Teachers attend the Institute to refresh, re-inspire and expand their teaching skills and to learn about the Suzuki approach. Teacher Development Courses are conducted by Teacher Trainers registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA).


Individuals participating in the Teacher Development Program must be at least 17 years of age, have a high school diploma and be an active member of the SAA. Individuals may enroll as a:

  • Participant. To qualify as a participant, an individual must pass an audition submitted to the SAA. Participants who successfully complete a course will have their training registered with the SAA, which may accumulate toward an SAA Certificate of Acheivement.

  • Auditor. Audition is not required. Auditors may sit in on a Teacher Development Course but without participation or credit.

  • Observers may observe student activities and classes, but are not eligible to attend teacher classes.


Teacher Development Course seminar hours will include philosophy, pedagogy of the Suzuki approach and the musical, physical and social development of students. The core courses correspond in name to the number Suzuki Repertory books:

  • Violin Book 1 is a 28-hour course plus 15 hours of student lesson observation.

  • Cello Book 2, Violin Book 3 & 5 courses are 15-hour courses plus 8 hours of student lesson observation.

Teachers may enroll in only one Book course at a time. Fees for the teacher development courses include the GWSI registration fee.

Books 1, 2 and 3 courses must be taken in order. Note: the Foundation Course Every Child Can!©, is a pre-requisite for teachers taking the Book 1 Course.

Electives include:

  • The Foundation Course: Every Child Can!© is open to parents, teachers, prospective teachers and anyone interested. There is no pre-requisite and no instrument required. This is a 6 hour introduction to Dr. Suzuki's philosophy and its application to Suzuki education. It provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning.

  • Enrichment courses support the development of teachers and education of parents. This year we offer an enrichment course by Edmund Sprunger, Teaching From the Inside Out: Understanding the Inner World of the Developing Child. This 10-hour enrichment course may be registered with the SAA.


After registering for a Teacher Development Course, participants must submit a DVD audition to the SAA. After May 1st, participants will be required to submit an express audition application and will need to pay a $50 late fee. The SAA will not accept auditions received after June 15.

To complete the audition process, participants should visit the SAA website (www.suzukiassociation.org) and for the video audition application form and instructions or call SAA toll free at 1-888-378-9854.

All Teacher Development Course participants are asked to prepare the repertoire in the book to be studied to the point of fluent performance. Memorization is not required, but is recommended. Participants should be conversant with the ideas presented in Dr. Suzuki’s book, Nurture by Love. GWSI recommends further reading of Edmund Sprunger’s Teaching Parents to Practice.

Teachers should bring instruments to play in class, music and note taking materials. 100% attendance is required to register training.



The GWSI will be held at Bishop O'Connell High School, 6600 Little Falls Rd, Arlington, VA 22213.


Foundation Course: Every Child Can!©

June 24, Saturday, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 2 PM - 5 PM

Teacher Development Violin Book 1

June 25, Sunday, 8 AM - 12 PM and 1 PM - 5 PM

June 26 - 30, 8:15 AM - 3 PM

July 1, 9 AM - 12 PM and 1 PM - 4 PM

July 2, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

All Students/Families Check-In and

Teachers in Cello Course Book 2, Violin Courses Book 3 & 5 Check-in

June 25, Sunday, 2 PM – 5 PM

Teacher Development Cello Book 2, Violin Book 3 and Book 5

June 26 - 30, Monday - Friday, 8:15 AM – 2:45 PM

Teacher/Parent Enrichment Course: Teaching From the Inside Out

June 26 - 29, Monday - Thursday, 4 PM - 6:30 PM

All Student Classes

June 26 - 30, Monday - Friday, 8:15AM-2:45PM

Daily Parent Lectures, 1:45PM

Daily Recitals, 3:00PM

Evening Student Recitals, 6:00PM Thursday

Final Concert, 6:00PM Friday

Children will receive their individual schedules via email the week prior to Institute.


Families should be prepared to pack their own lunches daily. There are also various local restaurants that provide take-out and delivery service.

Foxes Music Co. and Potter Violin Co. will be at the institute to provide services and supplies.


There is newly arranged parking at the school. Parking is free.


The Suzuki Institute will be reserving a block of rooms at the Governor House Inn in Falls Church, 1.4 miles from the Institute. 6650 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA 22042. Transportation is available by Metro Rail and Arlington Bus Transit. Free internet, hot breakfast, shuttle service to East Falls Church Metro, and parking. Rooms are air-conditioned.

Room rates are:

Double room with 2 double beds……………….. $89 + tax

King Bed.............. $89 + tax

When making reservations by phone, please mention rooms reserved under the name of "Suzuki Institute" to enjoy the reduced rate. It is possible for singles to share rooms. Roommate contact information will be sent if one is available. Reserve early and directly with the Governor House Inn by May 25. Rooms will be released after this date.

Governor House Inn

6650 Arlington Boulevard
Falls Church, VA 22042

Tel: (703) 532-8900

Transportation is available by Arlington Transit Bus to and from the campus. Bishop O'Connell High School is just one bus stop away from the East Falls Church Metro Station. Please visit Arlington Transit for bus routes to and from the school and and www.wmata.com/rail/ for more information on rail transportation to neighboring sights.

Early Registration Discount

Register before May 1: Discount $50/Person USE DISCOUNT CODE 'EARLY2017'

Late Institute Registration

All students (including parents, teachers, observers, children and siblings) registering after June 1 must pay a late registration fee of $50.

Refund Policy

The Registration Fee is nonrefundable. All other fees are refundable, when written notice is postmarked before June 1. If postmarked on or after June 1, no refunds will be made.

For further information, please contact:

GWSI Co-Director, Chris Sanchez

Email: gwsi.sanchez@gmail.com (email preferred)

Telephone: 301-758-8710 Fax: 1-410-774-4661


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