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Missoula, MT 59802
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July 11-16, 2021

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Our student programs (both in-person and online) are designed with the understanding that parents will be involved, as they are at home, with lessons, practice, and the general supervision of their children. If a parent has multiple children in attendance, it is recommended to pair up with another master class parent who can take notes for your child, as we understand you cannot be in multiple places at one time!

Please Contact Us if you are interested in parent-cooperative childcare to assist you with care of siblings of your Suzuki student(s).

Registration for the In-Person Institute is Sunday, July 11, 5:45 – 6:30 PM, followed immediately by our Opening Play-In and Welcome Gathering. Check-In for our Online Institute is Monday, July 12, 8:30-9:00 AM.

Classes begin at 8:30am on Monday! Students are grouped together with others of similar abilities for the main classes (repertoire, master, and technique). Students may also take one or two enrichment classes designed to expand their musical horizons and provide challenges in related disciplines.

Please familiarize yourself with the Schedule. To get the most from your Institute experience, plan to take part in all activities offered, in addition to the main instrument classes. Recitals and discussions are open to, and free for, parents attending the Institute

The Student Recital is an opportunity for the most well-prepared polished pieces to be shared with the Institute community. Master Class faculty select the pieces based on a high standard of excellence, encouraging students to reach their fullest potential, whatever their age or level of playing. Students whose pieces are chosen for this recital will be given a recital slip and further instructions after their first Master Class.

Why Institute? Curious about the benefits of Institute for your child? Or about how it might look for your family? These articles by Suzuki parents may be of interest to you: a parent reflects on her first Institute with her young daughter; a parent who brought her teenage son to Institute gives tips for getting the most out of the week.

Any adult who is not enrolled in teacher development courses or is not a parent/guardian of enrolled students must register as an Institute Observer. Please see information under Classes and Costs.

About Missoula

Missoula is nestled in the Northern Rockies of Montana, surrounded by seven wilderness areas and at the confluence of three rivers. Known for its spectacular natural beauty, our vibrant community is Montana’s second-largest city with a population of 80,000. Missoula is also a regional dining and shopping destination, featuring three shopping districts and an abundance of restaurants, cafes, coffee houses and breweries. Missoula is an arts and culture hub with an endless array of arts and entertainment events.

This year’s Institute classes and events will be held at Hellgate High School, within walking distance of the University of Montana campus where students, families and faculty will be able to take advantage of University room and board.


The Hellgate High and UM campuses are located just minutes from Exit 105 off Interstate 90. Find map and driving directions to Hellgate HERE and to UM HERE.

Around Town

Our Institute schedule keeps Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings open for your family to relax and enjoy Missoula. Check out our partners for family activity ideas:

*A full list of Missoula activities is available HERE.


Missoula is an active city that abuts a national forest and boasts numerous recreation areas. You can kayak, raft or tube through downtown. You can take a challenging, or a relaxing, hike or mountain bike ride in 60,000 acres of wilderness minutes from the Institute’s home base. Missoula is also known for its blue-ribbon trout fishing (made famous by A River Runs Through It) and spectacular natural beauty. More information on Missoula activities is available HERE.

Montana Suzuki Institute 2019

The Montana Suzuki Institute is presented by the Missoula Symphony Association. Learn more about the MSA here.