For Book 1 and 2 students, tuition includes five classes: a master class, a repertoire class, a technique class, a theory class, and one enrichment class.
  • Master class: The master class consists of a mini-lesson in which each student shares a memorized, polished piece with an Institute faculty member. Beginning with a polished performance, the master class teacher then helps each student refine aspects of technique, musicianship and musicality. Students are given daily practice assignments to complete by the next day's lesson. The master class hour is shared between two, three, or four students (of similar age and ability) so that each student may benefit from individual attention and peer observation. After a week of intensive and inspiring work in the master class, many students reach entirely new levels of performance.
  • Repertoire class: The repertoire class is a group class in which students are matched with other students at their repertoire level. Within the course of the group class, teachers work with students on ensemble, musicianship and concert readiness. Each group class demonstrates their hard work in the final concert held on the last day of Institute. Many students and parents find group classes especially rewarding because of the supportive and encouraging relationships students build with their peers.
  • Technique class: Structured similarly to the repertoire class, in the technique class teachers work with students on refining the skills and techniques specific to pieces in the Suzuki repertoire. In preparation for technique and repertoire classes, each student should review the Suzuki repertoire up to and including the current piece for his or her playing level.
  • Theory class: Students will be placed in a theory class according to current theory level. Please answer the theory questions on the registration form so the student can be placed accordingly.
    • Theory A: All about rhythm! We will work with "Animal Rhythm" and the "Time Signature Bus" and the colorful "Rhythm Plate". We will play "Name that (clapped) Tune" and "Rhythm Bingo" and a variety of other games. Ideal for the young Suzuki harp student.
    • Theory B: For harp students who don't yet know the secrets of the major scale, who may not yet know the "Time Signature Song," who are eager to discover the infamous circle of fifths... this class is for you! We will study these foundations of music theory using a hands-on approach including colorful manipulatives and craft project souvenirs. No experience necessary!
    • Theory C: For harp students who already know their time signatures and have a general understanding of major scales and the circle of fifths... this is your chance to get quick with your major keys. We will practice toward knowing them fluently inside and out! This class will also include an introduction to intervals, modes and triads.
    • Theory D: Do you know your major keys really well? If someone asked, "What key has 6 sharps?" would you yell, "F-sharp!!" right away? If someone asked you to play in Eb, would you quickly know where to put your pedals? If so, you belong in this class! We will work with intervals, triads, relative minors and seventh chords.
  • Enrichment class: Select from the list of enrichment classes on Enrichment Classes page.
Students may register for more enrichment classes for an additional fee.
See Enrichment Classes for additional class descriptions.