The Advanced Suzuki Program


The Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford provides an opportunity for advanced and advancing Suzuki and traditional students to deepen their skills, guided by an internationally acclaimed faculty in a supportive and motivational environment. Throughout the five days on the Stanford campus, students will receive daily one on one guidance in master class settings along with technique classes, orchestra, advanced electives, and either a repertoire class or our chamber music program.

The program is open to violin, viola, and students in Book 4 - 10 and above and cello students in Book 3 - 10 and above.  An online teacher recommendation from your private teacher helps assure each student receives proper class placement. 

Non Suzuki Students

Traditional students who have reached the requisite playing level are welcome at the Advanced Suzuki Institute. Traditional students are encouraged to register for the chamber music program to support a shared repertoire in all classes that they attend.  Only the repertoire classes consistently use Suzuki repertoire.  Other classes, after the requisite level, mainly focus on new repertoire and exercises.


We recommend traditional students have reached the levels equal to or beyond the repertoire listed below.


Violin - Concerto in g minor by A. Vivialdi

Viola - Concerto in G Major by G.P. Telemann

Cello - Sonata in e minor, Op. 1, No. 2 by Marcello


Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Advanced Program Curriculum

Advanced Program Core Classes

All advanced students will be enrolled in:

  • Master Class

  • Technique Class

  • Orchestra

  • Repertoire Class

  • One Elective or Chamber Music

  • Practice Hour

Parent Talks

Join other parents in these valuable information and networking sessions with Christine Wilson Goodner, Suzuki violin teacher and author of Beyond the Music Lesson: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families.   FREE 

Elective: Pop/Rock and Improv

Rock and Pop Music is a part of every child's world in everything from movies to watching the Disney channel.  In this intro to Rock class, Avi Friedlander will explore the joys of both Rock Music and Classical music in his "Rock" interpretations of traditional Suzuki Material and Classic Rock Music. Mr. Friedlander will share some of his tricks in performing his own rock arrangements and from playing in numerous bands including his present band, String Theory Birmingham. This class will be fun for students of all ages and instruments.  Students are grouped by age and ability. 

Elective: Music History/Appreciation

Music history and appreciation is essential for string players to understand and develop as musicians.  Unlock the keys to the past and delve into the lives of the great musical composers.  Students will be placed according to level and age.  Instructor: Matt Smith

Elective: Viola for Violinists

Calling all violinists!  Have you ever wondered how it feels to play viola?  Explore the differences and similarities between viola and violin in this hands on viola for violinists class.  Violas will be provided for class time use.

Elective: Jazz & Improvisation

Jazz with Megan Shung-Smith.

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Master Classes

Master classes are daily one on one hour long semi private classes. Students will perform and work on a piece polished at a recital ready level and use that as a starting point for exploring skills to elevate thier playing both technically and musically.  

Technique Class

All students attend a technique class at their individual playing level.  These classes strengthen left and right hand techniques using scales, position, and tonalization exercises as well as some Suzuki and non-Suzuki repertoire.


All students will be placed in an orchestra based on their repertoire, reading level, and availability of positions.  Music is sent in advance to ensure students have time to develop orchestral and ensemble techniques.

Repertoire Class

Students will be placed in a repertoire class where students will explore musical and sometimes technical aspects of Suzuki Repertoire.

The Chamber Music Program is designed for students who are performing at a high level of fluency and reading. Chamber students receive four hour long coachings beginning Sunday afternoon and perform their pieces for the institute, friends, and family at the end of the week.  Students are put together based both on age and level and receive music in advance.  They are expected to know the music before arriving at the institute where coaching will be geared towards style, musicality, and higher level ensemble techniques. An audition video is required. Please click here for audition information.

Cost is additional.

Honors Recitals

The Honors Recitals are open, by video audition, to all students.   For more information on submitting your video, please click here.  Honors recitals are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 11am-12pm.  All students are expected to attend.

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