July 15-20, 2023
Ages 5-18 | all skill levels welcome | caregiver attendance required for students 8 and under
The mission of Omaha Conservatory’s Suzuki Institute is to provide a fun, immersive musical experience for families at all levels of study in the Suzuki books.
A week-long comprehensive program that brings Suzuki students, families, and teachers together to expand and deepen their knowledge and playing. Core classes include: Repertoire, Technique, Masterclass, Reading Orchestra, Caregiver Coffee Circle (for parents/caregivers). Students will also choose from our exciting electives: Music by Diverse Composers, Ukulele, Art Expressions, and Movie Music!
Passion for learning combined with dedication to excellence makes music a lifelong source of joy and inspiration for our students, families, and community. Our encouraging environment allows students to gain confidence in their musical abilities through discipline, mastery, and the love of music-making with their friends.
Omaha Conservatory of Music’s outstanding Artist-Faculty challenge and inspire a student body of over 1,000 students and are leaders in Omaha’s music community, many of whom perform internationally and are members of the Omaha Symphony. We are also thrilled to have some of the nation’s most sought-after Suzuki Instructors join our roster for the week as guest artist faculty.
We will also be joined by highly regarded Suzuki Instructors from around the country.
Space is limited, so register early!
Tuneful Tots (SECE)
July 16-20, 2023
Ages 0 – 4 caregiver attendance required
Omaha Conservatory of Music will offer its signature Tuneful Tots class from 10-11am for children ages 0-4 Sunday, July 16 through Thursday, July 20. This class adds a SECE (Suzuki Early Childhood Education) element to the Institute, and is a great opportunity for families attending the Institute with very little ones. Cost to attend is $75, and caregiver attendance is required.
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Suzuki Student Institute Information
Hours & Schedule
Opening Day: Saturday, July 15 | 2:00pm to 5:00pm (families can begin checking in at noon)
- 12-2:00pm: Student Check-In
- 2:00-2:30pm: Welcome/Student Orientation
- 2:45-3:15pm: Tune-ups
- 3:30-4:30pm: Play In!
Sunday, July 16 – Wednesday, July 19 | 9:00am to 5:00pm
- 9:00am – 12:00pm: Classes
- 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch
- 1:00-1:30pm: Lunch Hour Recital
- 1:30pm-1:50pm: Moment of Movement
- 2:00-5:00pm: Classes
Caregiver Coffee Circle – On Wednesday July 19, a special parent session called Caregiver Coffee Circle will be offered two times throughout the day to caregivers attending Suzuki Institute with their children. Attendance at Caregiver Coffee Circle is not required but strongly encouraged, as the class offers tips and strategies for getting the most out of your Suzuki experience, and serves as a great time to connect with other Suzuki Caregivers. More information on these sessions will be sent to caregivers after registration closes in June.
Closing Day: Thursday, July 20 | 9:00am to 3:30pm
- 9:00am – 12:00pm: Classes
- 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch
- 1:30pm: Orchestra & Repertoire Classes Concert, Play Down, and Farewell!
Each student at Omaha Conservatory of Music’s Suzuki Institute will take part in a masterclass, technique class, repertoire class, and large ensemble appropriate to their level and experience.
- Masterclass – 50 minute, semi-private lesson with 1-3 other students who are at a similar level. Each student takes turns having one-on-one instruction with the teacher while all other students observe.
- Technique Class – This is a class that focuses on developing both individual and ensemble skills on their instrument.
- Repertoire Class – This class focuses on learning Suzuki repertoire appropriate for specific levels and instruments. Every Repertoire class will perform on the final concert.
- Reading Orchestra – Students at Level 1 and up will be placed in an orchestra that will rehearse each day and perform on the final concert on Thursday July 20. In this class students learn and polish their reading skills through exercises, games, and learning orchestral repertoire. The student also develops chamber music skills such as listening, following, cueing, and playing in an ensemble.
- Rhythm Jam – Students who are not yet at Book 1 or just beginning it will be placed in Rhythm Jam, a class that focuses on strengthening rhythm and ensemble skills. Rhythm Jam will not have a performance on the final concert.
In addition to Core Classes, students will have one elective class. Please review this list below and select your top three choices when registering. While we cannot guarantee your student will be placed in one of their top choices, their preferences are strongly considered as the schedules are created.
- Art Expressions – Students have the opportunity to use a brush, pencil, papier mache and more to create works of visual art in an inviting and encouraging space.
- Music by Diverse Composers – Explore repertoire from all kinds of genres and composers including fiddling pieces, music by black composers, music by women composers, latinx genres, world music, and more.
- Movie Music – In this class the student explores the art of composing by creating small vignettes of music. This class will conclude with an in-class showcase on July 20.
- Ukulele – Students will get a chance to explore the basics of ukulele: strumming patterns, basic chords, and even reading tablature. This class will conclude with an in-class performance on July 20. Recommended for ages 7 & up.
While not required, attending concerts and listening to as much music as possible during Institute is a huge part of the Suzuki philosophy. Each day after lunch, at 1 pm, there will be a 30 minute concert that families are encouraged to attend. There are two concerts in which students will even have an opportunity to play! Each concert will be immediately followed by a brief “Moment of Movement” to get all students moving and having fun before regular classes resume at 2 pm.
Student Recital – Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 1 pm. Seven or eight students will be invited to play for this recital based on their audition videos to perform on the student recital. If your student would like to be considered for this opportunity, be sure to make note of that on their registration form.
Variety Show – Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 1 pm. Variety Show is a great opportunity for students to showcase a talent they have that is something other than their primary Suzuki instrument. Previous acts have included contortionists, piano solos, and even dramatic readings. The sky’s the limit! Auditions for the Variety Show will be held during the lunch hour on Monday July 17, 2023.
Tuition, Housing & Meals
Suzuki Institute Tuition
It pays to register early! See our tiered cost structure below:
- Jan 23-Feb 16, tuition cost: $450
- Feb 17-March 15, tuition cost: $475
- March 16-April 15, tuition cost: $500
- April-June 1, tuition cost: $525
Admission to Omaha Conservatory of Music Suzuki Institute after June 1 is subject to $50 late fee and administrative approval.
Tuneful Tots Tuition – $75
Lunch Plan – $100
Lunch will be catered to the Conservatory Sunday, July 17 – Thursday, July 20 from various nearby restaurants. Caregivers and students can opt into these lunches for the week for $100 a person.
Omaha Conservatory of Music Suzuki Institute is pleased to offer housing to Suzuki families through a partnership with Home2 Suites by Hilton Omaha. At a discounted rate of $119 a night, families stay at this newly opened hotel just an 8 minute drive from the Conservatory. Home 2 Suites provides hot breakfast, a pool, fitness center, and courtyard. Families can check in on Saturday July 15 and must check out by Thursday morning, July 20.
Registration opens January 23, 2023 and closes June 1, 2023. Students must submit an audition video to complete their registration. This is simply to help our faculty place each student in the most appropriate classes. The audition video can double as an audition for the Student Recital that will take place during the Institute if the student notes that on their registration form.
Audition Video – If you chose to wait to submit your audition video or want to submit an updated one after you’ve registered, please send that to firstname.lastname@example.org before May 1, 2023. If you registered after May 1, please submit your video before June 1, 2023.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Scholarships are available through generous supporters of Omaha Conservatory of Music, and are given on a first come, first served basis. To be considered for scholarships, please fill out the application below when you register for Suzuki Institute. Scholarship funds may only be applied to tuition.
Families will be notified of their scholarship amount before June 1, 2023.
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