PROGRAMS 2023-12-31T02:49:22+00:00

GWSI provides two student programs, teacher training, and parent programs.

All GWSI student programs run in-person between 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Student participants will not have classes scheduled during every hour in order to provide rest, practice time and socialization with their peers. Please bring a bag lunch and beverage each day. Parents play an active role in the GWSI student program and all children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


The Suzuki Student Institute provides Suzuki students studying violin, cello, and viola an opportunity to supplement their musical education by enjoying a week of individual and group class immersion. GWSI students range in age from 4 to 18 years, and include both Suzuki students Pre-Twinkle through Book 10 as well as Artist level students beyond the Suzuki books.  All Suzuki Student Institute participants receive a daily master class and repertoire class as well as additional classes based on level and experience.  Chamber music and fiddle classes are also available as add-on classes. Siblings of registered students may register for the piano add-on program.


The DMV School Orchestra Intensive provides chamber music and orchestra for students who are not part of a regular Suzuki strings program.  Bass students should register for the DMV School Orchestra Intensive program. Coaches and conductors will work with students in large and small groups to help prepare students for the final performance at the end of the week.


Teacher Training consists of  The Foundation Course (Every Child Can!©, as well as various unit trainings and enrichment courses.  Teachers may elect to take these classes as a participant (audition required) or as an auditor (no audition required).  Teachers who are not participating in teacher training may attend institute by registering as an observer. (student classes and performances only). Observers may not attend teacher training courses.


Parents are encouraged to attend lessons with their children and help them to prepare for the next day’s classes. 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.


Performances are an integral part of the GWSI experience and are included in all programs.  Student Spotlight Recitals happen daily at GWSI. Students will be selected based on their video submission due June 1.

Stay tuned for information about amazing performance opportunities this summer!


Violin, cello, and viola students (other than Pre-Twinklers) should come prepared to play a polished piece for their first master class lesson. The GWSI teachers can readily assess a student’s needs by hearing a technically and musically mature performance of a piece.