Parental participation in GWSI is essential to the success of the Suzuki approach. Parents are encouraged to attend lessons with their children and help them to prepare for the next day’s classes. Parents should monitor their children ages 11 and under to ensure their active participation.
Mature teenagers who practice on their own and can be relied upon to safely manage the Institute day without supervision do not need a parent to supervise them, but parent involvement is still encouraged.
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 and Music Enrichment 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.
Transition Between Classes
Classes are 50-55 minutes in length to allow students a break between online classrooms and performances. Students are expected to be on time for each class.
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. All students will benefit from practicing daily during institute week, especially if a GWSI faculty member assigns specific practice spots.
Students should also reserve a time slot for observation. Observing another lesson can sometimes be even more inspiring than participating in one.