Parental participation in GWSI is essential to the success of the Suzuki approach. Parents are expected to attend lessons with their children and help them to prepare for the next day’s classes. Participation in any Music Theory Games classes and individual master classes up to the age of 13 is mandatory. Efforts will be made to avoid scheduling simultaneous individual lessons for siblings except for those 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 and medical power of attorney form for the child to attend alone. This form should be submitted prior to the Institute start.
Parents are invited to participate in daily lectures and panel discussions on topics pertaining to their role in their children’s musical education. In addition, they can register for the Suzuki Foundation Course, Every Child Can!©, which is offered as part of the Teacher Development Program.
What to Expect
Your Child’s Schedule
The GWSI is designed as a full day activity for the majority of its students. That being said, a full day may be too long for the youngest children. Every effort will be made to reduce the period of time that very young students must be present in order to complete their Master, Group/Repertory, Music Mind Games and Play-in classes. While children are encouraged to attend afternoon and evening recitals and are sure to find these events stimulating and inspirational, attendance is optional for very young children who are not up to a full day of classes. If there is one performance you child should not skip, it is the Final Concert during which all students participating in repertory classes are expected to perform, including Twinklers.
Transition Between Classes
Classes are 50-55 minutes in length to allow students to move from one class to the next. Students are expected to be on time for each class. This is particularly important for group classes such as repertory, play-in and orchestra classes.
If you have space in your schedule between assigned classes, this is a good time for practice and the only time for observation.
Students should reserve at least one free time period for practicing. Practice rooms are available to students on first come, first serve basis. Sign-up sheets are posted on practice room doors.
Students should also reserve a time slot for observation. Observing another lesson can sometimes be even more inspiring than participating in one.
Remember also to encourage your children to use their free time to develop friendships. Relationships are often powerful motivators. Wear your nametag and remind your child to wear his/her nametag daily so that clinicians, teachers, parents and students can more easily remember each other’s names.
The school provides two “Break Rooms” all day, one in which you can eat the lunch you bring and the other for just relaxing. The courtyard is also available for picnics and breaks as well as the Cathedral grounds across the street from the school.