July 22-30, 2021
Student Institute: July 26-30, 2021
Teacher Training: July 22-30, 2021 Offering ECC, Unit 1 for Violin or Cello

Omaha Conservatory of Music is proud to present our first annual Suzuki Institute, sanctioned by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Join us for a 5-day immersive experience with top-notch Suzuki Teachers. Individual lessons or master class lessons may be added separately. Students will participate in Play-Downs and a special final performance on Friday July 30 at 7:00PM

Monday, July 26 - Friday, July 30, 2021 • Student Institute • Full Day $500 • Half Day $300

Violin, Viola, & Cello


Jan 11 - July 1 Registration open
After July 1, registration requests must be emailed to and are subject to space availability and administrative approval. There is an additional $50 fee for registrations approved after July 1.


Mon Jul 26 - Fri Jul 30: 9AM-12PM, 1PM-5PM


Mon Jul 26 - Fri Jul 30: 9AM-12PM


Mon Jul 26 - Fri Jul 30: 9AM-10AM


Suzuki Early Childhood Education class

  • 9AM-10AM M-F (age 0-4 caregiver required)

$300 for Pre-Twinkle/Sprouts-Book 1A Includes 3 classes (age 3-7 caregiver required) OR $300 for Book 1B+ Half Day (Past Allegro) Includes 3 classes

  • Repertoire (60)
  • Technique (60)
  • Rhythm/Enrichment (45)
  • Break (15)
  • Optional to attend 2PM daily activity 
  • Optional to purchase a 30-minute peer-paired master class

$500 for Book 1B+ Includes 4 classes and a 60-minute peer-paired master class lesson

  • Repertoire (60)
  • Technique (60)
  • Electives (choose 2)
    • Duets (60)
    • Fiddle (60)
    • Yoga (60)
  • Master class lesson (peer paired) (60)
  • There may be breaks for practicing, or that extra hour can be filled by purchasing additional master class lessons
  • Master class lessons will be scheduled during practice hours
  • Play downs will happen at 1PM on certain days
  • Friday 7/30 there will be a final concert at 7PM.  There will be an altered schedule on Friday to allow for dress rehearsal time
  • Individual schedules will be provided at check in: 8:15-8:30AM on Monday July 26
  • There is a brief orientation at 8:30AM on Monday July 26 for all students
  • $100 for Suzuki Early Childhood Education class (age 0-4 caregiver required)
  • $300 for Pre-Twinkle/Sprouts (Half-Day only) - Suzuki Book 1A (Up to Allegro): Includes 3 classes (age 3-7 caregiver required)
  • $300 for Book 1B+ Half Day (Past Allegro) - Includes 3 classes (recommended for younger students age 5-7)
  • $500 for Book 1B+ through Book 6: Full Day (Past Allegro) - Includes 4 classes and a 60 minute peer-paired master class lesson (age 5+, caregiver required for age 5-12, caregiver recommended for age 12+)
    • SoundWaves participants receive a reduced tuition rate of $250!  (What is SoundWaves?  Click HERE for more information)
    • Audition required please submit a video link of your student performing their most recent Suzuki piece 
  • See our tutorial HERE
  • PAYMENT AND REFUND POLICY: If you are an OCM student we will bill your ParentsWeb account.  If you are not an OCM student, we will email you an invoice.  By filling out this form you are agreeing to pay the tuition.  All payments will be due 30 days from the time of registration or June 1, whichever comes first.  Tuition payments are non-refundable after July 1.  If the student cancels, a $50 administrative fee will be assessed and is non-refundable.  If OCM cancels the institute for any reason a full refund will be issued.

Every Child Can (ECC), Unit 1 Violin, Unit 1 Viola, Unit 1 Cello

NOTE: There is a $20 registration fee for teacher training




Thu Jul 22 1-5PM, Fri Jul 23, 8AM-12PM

UNIT 1: 

Fri Jul 22 - Sun Jul 25 1-5PM daily

Mon Jul 26 - Fri Jul 30 8AM-5PM daily (1 hour lunch break 12-1PM)


Training Prerequisites and Course Order

To take Suzuki teacher training, teachers must be Active members of the SAA. Every Child Can! (ECC) is required prior to taking Unit 1. Courses must be taken in order through Unit 3: ECC, Unit1, Unit 2, Unit 3. Once this sequence has been completed, taking units in order is highly recommended but not required.

Audition Requirement

To qualify as a participant in SAA Teacher Workshop unit courses, applicants must upload a video audition to the SAA, preferably well in advance of taking the course. Videos submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the course start date will receive a discounted audition fee; if submitted later than 8 weeks before the course, the regular audition fee will be required. Auditions for Unit 1 courses must be received no later than 10 days prior to the course start date. Auditions for all other Units must be submitted and approved by the course start.

Auditions submitted early have the advantage of an optional retry (with fees) within the stated deadlines if initial audition was not accepted. If auditions are not accepted, course work will not be eligible for SAA registration. For further information, please see the SAA website at to view the teacher video audition application form and instructions, or call the SAA toll free 1-888-378-9854.

Required Course Preparation

All teacher training participants are asked to prepare and memorize the repertoire to be studied to the point of fluent performance. Additionally, participants should be conversant with the ideas presented in Dr. Suzuki’s book Nurtured by Love.

All participants will be performing Suzuki repertoire and other materials in class. Strings and woodwinds are expected to provide their own instruments. 100% attendance is required for registering the course along with any other course requirements set by the Teacher Trainer.

Each participant enrolled in a Unit 1 course will receive a letter from the SAA stating the

preparation expectations and basic course components. Letters are emailed directly to each participant as they are added to the institute’s online roster. Each letter is instrument-specific and covers information such as reading material, Suzuki books and CDs, piece preparation, and items to bring to the course.

Institutes are encouraged to complete roster listings promptly to allow participants to receive the SAA welcome letter with important instructions for preparing in advance for the course.