Parent Guide

Parent Guide

Parents, you’ll find everything you need to know - here! Please read over this information carefully. After that, review the Student Information for each of your students by category: Piano, Strings, Half day, or Enrichment only. Then, you’ll be ready to register.

Attending Suzuki Institute is a family experience and parent/guardian participation is essential to the success of the Suzuki Method. For young children, it is ideal to have one adult for each child enrolled. All students under age 12 must have a parent or other responsible adult on site throughout the Institute week. Parents attend each child’s Master class to take notes so they can help their student prepare and practice for the next day’s classes. All concerts are free to family, friends and community.

In addition, parents are strongly encouraged to attend the parent classes. These sessions are free to the parents of our registered institute students and are an invaluable resource. For a rich Institute experience, it is recommended that families make the commitment to be available for the many activities that occur throughout the week.

NOTE: Proper dress is required for all recitals. Honors recital participants should wear recital dress. The final concert on Friday, students wear black pants or skirts (knee length or longer) and their insitute T-Shirts with black shoes and socks.

Lodging/Food on campus is available on a limited basis. Lunch will be available students and families participating in Institute if registering prior to June 1.

Registration Information: Before you register, you should talk with your teacher and your student so you have the answers to a few key questions.

  1. What is my student’s reading level: beginning, elementary, intermediate, or advanced?
  2. What is my student’s current polished piece (the current piece that is error free and of performance quality at the time of registration): Book # and Song #? When scheduling, our directors take into account the time that passes between registration and institute.
  3. What is my student’s current working piece at time of registration: Book # and Song #? 
  4. Should I register for Full Day Institute or Half Day? Half Day is available only for children who are 6 years old or younger on the day that Institute begins, intended for Twinklers, although Pre-Twinklers and very young Early book 1 students may apply.
  5. What scholarships are available to apply for? See our Scholarships page.
  6. Enrichment classes are assigned by age. See our Enrichments page to find the descriptions of these fun and enriching classes! 

We have continually worked hard to keep our prices low. Idaho is still one of the lowest priced institutes in the country (if not the lowest). These costs include all of the core and enrichment classes corresponding to the student program in addition to our parent classes. Everyone also receives one t-shirt (with the exception of students who register for Enrichment classes only).
When you register, there will be some optional items to purchase: on campus housing or lunches, extra t-shirts for family members, additional enrichment classes for siblings or half day students, and donations.

Student Programs
April 1 to June 1
Half Day (all instruments)
Strings (Books 1-3)
Strings (Books 4+)
Piano (All Books)
Enrichment Only$50/class/student

 * Participation in Institute is not guaranteed after Jun 1 and registration is subject to availability. Inquires for late registration must be made to our registrar Bronwen Godfrey at idahosuzukimusic@gmail.comLate registration does not include the option of housing or food. 

  What happens after I register? 

After you register with our online form your must pay your invoice either by check or PayPal to complete your registration. You will receive an email confirming your registration, but payment may still be outstanding. Be sure to confirm with your financial institution that your payment has been completed or if you have questions, please contact the Please make checks payable to: ISA c/o JoAnn Wood, 2570 N Penny Royal Ave. Boise, ID. 83713.

After registering, login to review your registration and payment information at


Institute will be held at College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, Idaho 83605