The Oregon Suzuki Institute

The Oregon Suzuki Institute

is a week-long program held every summer at George Fox University. The institute provides an opportunity for Suzuki students to receive lessons, perform, and take classes in order to reinforce their ongoing studies at home.


Student Institute:

June 27 – July 2, 2021

The 2021 Student Institute will be held either in-person, online, or a hybrid of both, depending on health & safety considerations. 

Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, & Piano

Advanced Chamber Music Program: June 26 – July 2, 2021

In 2021 all our teacher workshops will be online. Decisions about student classes will be made in early March, depending on safety considerations, & may be held in person, online, or a hybrid of the two.

The Advanced ChamberMusic Workshop

is a seven-day program for advanced string and piano students, age 14 and up, with strong note reading skills. Students may enroll as a pre-formed group or they will be assigned to an ensemble.

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Teacher Workshops: All 2021 Teacher Workshops will Be Taught Online.

Teacher Enrichment Courses

  • Supporting Parents in Your Studio,
    Christine Goodner
    Course Description: This enrichment course is for teachers who want to think deeply about how they approach parent education/support in their studios. As teachers, we know the integral part parents and caregivers have to play in supporting each student’s learning process. We will explore best practices, new ideas, current research, and apply what we know and understand the support we give to the families we work with each week.

    This 10-hour enrichment course will cover topics including onboarding new parents (including online), a framework for ongoing parent education in your program. It will help teachers create a plan to help each family feel supported and be successful in their studio. Teachers of all instruments are welcome. 
  • March 14 & 21, 2021, 12:00 - 5:30 pm PST, $195


  • What Now? Transitioning to Whatever It is We Are Transitioning To, Ed Sprunger 
    Course Description: 
    The pandemic and its quarantine have forced parents, children, and teachers to make all kinds of adaptations. As COVID becomes less of a threat and restrictions lessen, we can begin to think about what changes we want to keep because they work for us, and what we want to give up because they don’t. It’s difficult to predict how to plan for 2021, but we can also explore how to navigate the likely transitions in our teaching and personal lives.
    Join teacher trainer, psychotherapist, and author Edmund Sprunger as he shares his perspective about how we can take care of ourselves, our students, and the families we work with as we navigate this unusual year.
  • May 2 & 16, 12 - 5:30 pm PDT, $195

Every Child Can!

Danette Warren Schuh
(This course is a prerequisite to all Unit One Courses)
April 25 & May 2, 12:00 - 4:00 PDT, $125


Teaching Strategies for Violin and Viola 

Ann Montzka-Smelser
Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27

8:00-noon and 1:00-3:00pm (PDT)

Register for the Above Workshops

Teacher Training Workshops,

June 26 - July 3, 2021

  • Cello Unit 1, Heather Hadley
  • Violin Unit 1, Daniel Gee Cordova

June 27 - July 2, 2021

  • Viola/Violin Unit 3, Betsy Stuen Walker

Register for the Above Workshops

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