What to expect at the SASA Institute

Be sure to also check our Frequently Asked Questions page and the most recent institute brochure to get more details.

What the week looks like:

Monday morning: master classes for Book 4 and up students; chamber ensemble classes; and teen musical rehearsal. Teacher training classes are also meeting all day.

Monday afternoon: orientation (all participants should attend) where the faculty is introduced and general announcements are made; followed by the "play-in" (you will need your instrument for that) where students go with the faculty to play songs and do musical activities as a prelude to institute (this is about 30 minutes); and finally the ice-cream social ends the day.

Tuesday-Friday: classes at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00; 12:00-1:20 lunch/concerts; then classes at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30. Periods are 50 minutes long to allow for passing time.

Friday evening: strings concert. This is where all the string players play in their groups together using the material they have been working on in class. In the past it has been held at 5:00 p.m. Location varies but will be posted as soon as we know it. All students who have participated in the "string repertoire" group class or who are in a chamber ensemble should perform. You will want to invite your family and friends too; it is an inspiring event! The picnic for everyone is at 7:00 at a local park to be announced.

Saturday morning/early afternoon: piano recitals for all students who particpated in piano master classes. You will be notified of the time (there are several different ones) and place for your recital during the institute week (look for signs near the front desk). The piece you play is decided at your master class on the first or second day. This is another event you will want to invite your family and friends to come see!

Daily schedule

The individual schedule for your week generally will be available on Monday (the first day of institute). There are six possible class periods during the day, and "core classes" make up three of those. Core classes for string students include a master class and two group classes. For piano students it is a master class, a group class, and a theory class. Pre-twinkler students usually have a master class, a group class and a class such as kindermusik for their third class. Although we receive many requests for schedules in advance of the institute, due to last minute registrations we are making adjustments up until a few days prior. This means that any schedule given out in advance is tentative at best and may change drastically before the process is done.

What should you bring to institute?

Bring your instrument (string players), your music, your lesson notebook, pencils, lunch, quiet things to do when you have free time, and anything else you might need during a regular day. You are welcome to bring a camera and take photos too!

Parent Talks

These are special opportunities to hear some of our faculty talk about issues pertinent to Suzuki parents. These happen daily at 11:00, and are very motivating. Look for signs near the front desk telling you what room they will be held in.

Lunch Concerts

These happen at 12:00 in the cafeteria/multipurpose room area. You are welcome to bring your lunches and eat quietly while the performance is going on, or you can sit closer and enjoy it and then eat afterwards (there is time to do this). Concerts are kept short to allow for eating and "run around" time during the hour and a half lunch break. You will be given a list of the week's concerts in your packet, be sure to see as many as you can. Please help your student observe good concert behavior during these special presentations.


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