Parent Guide

Parent Guide
(updated 3/5/17)

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 at all concerts, string students wear black pants or skirts (knee length or longer) and white tops (no sleeveless, please) with black shoes and socks. Piano and Flute student dress code: females perform in all black, males in a white shirt and tie with black pants, socks and shoes.

Lodging/Food on campus is available on a limited basis. Lunch will be available students and families participating in Institute if registering prior to May 19.

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. What enrichment (elective) class or classes do my children want to participate in. See our Enrichments page. You will need to check the student program to find out how many they get to choose and to see the descriptions of these fun and enriching classes! During the registration process you will be asked for their choice(s) and an alternate. Our schedulers do their best to get everyone into their first choice(s), but this is never a guarantee.

Tuition:
We have continually worked hard to keep our prices low. Idaho is still one of the lowest cost 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
Apr 1 to May 19
Half Day (all instruments)
$245
Strings (Books 1-3)
$370
Strings (Books 4+)
$395
Strings Book 4+ with Chamber
$470
Advanced Chamber Only
$250
Piano (Book 1)
$395
Piano (Book 2+)$430
Enrichment Only$50/class/student

 * Participation in Institute is not guaranteed after May 19 and registration is subject to availability. Inquires for late registration (after May 19) must be made to our registrar JoAnn Wood at 208-407-1566Late 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 call the Registrar. Please make checks payable to: ISA c/o JoAnn Wood, 11201 W. Barden Tower Dr., Boise, ID 83709.

After registering, login to review your registration and payment information at idahosuzuki.org/user

Location:

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