Parent Lunch Talks
Parents of students attending FSI are invited to attend inspiring and fascinating lunch hour talks, given daily by our guest clinicians. This is a time for parents only and will address an announced topic as well as questions and concerns from the audience. Bring your lunch and relax with other parents who gather to support each other and gain insights into the Suzuki model of education. These talks are free and offered as a way of encouraging and supporting parents in their Suzuki adventure.
Parents are encouraged to enroll their children in Lunch Art, listed under enrichment courses.
Student recitals will be held daily at 12:45. At the first master class, each student will be asked to play a memorized, polished piece. This will provide a means for the teacher and student to get acquainted with one another musically.
No matter what the level of a student’s current study, a piece should be selected from the repertoire that has had repeated study and has been performed with accompaniment prior to institute.
Faculty members may recommend students for inclusion in the afternoon recital programs after the first lesson. Typically students chosen for the recital program are able to show mastery of their polished piece and have practiced with a piano accompanist prior to FSI. These students have the opportunity to rehearse with an institute accompanist before performing. If your selection is not in the Suzuki repertoire, bring the music for piano accompaniment.
The first Graduation rehearsal is Tuesday at 2:00; subsequent rehearsals are at 5:00. Graduation recital is on Friday at 12:30. After the recital, student recognition awards will be given and a reception will follow.
Housing & Meals
UAF housing is available for children and adults participating in the institute; however, you must be approved by the University for housing. Please apply for approval here. Once approved, you will be contacted by the university to reserve your housing.
Hotels and several convenient Bed & Breakfasts are available in close vicinity of the University. Restaurants and grocery stores are nearby and accessible by public transportation from the University.
All minors must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult while on campus. No housing is available for minors without parents or designated responsible adult. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their minor children while attending Fairbanks Suzuki Institute classes and activities on the UAF campus.
A refund of fees, excluding the registration fee, will be given only if notice of cancellation is received in writing by April 23. No refunds will be given after May 1, 2018. At this point, we have already scheduled the students and contracted with the faculty needed for the enrollment, making refunds unfeasible.
A limited number of scholarships are available for Fairbanks Suzuki Institute. Scholarship criteria and application forms are available below. Scholarships will be awarded based on available funds and the number of qualified applicants. Applications must be received by March 15. Thanks to R.L. Ray Violins and the support of our institute donors for making these scholarships possible.
Enrollment of a child in the institute entitles parents to observe all activities except the Teacher Training Courses. Parents who want to participate must register for the class.
Adults who are not attending the institute as Suzuki family members or are not enrolled in a teacher class are required to enroll as observers. Thus enrolled, observers may attend children’s classes, noon lectures, and other institute activities.
Teachers who have 4 or more students enrolled may observe without paying the daily fee. Observers fee is $50 per day, payable to the Suzuki Office prior to observations.
Typical Student Schedule
|11:40-12:30||Lunch/Parent Talks/Lunch Art|
|12:45-1:45||Recital; attendance is required for all students|
|2:00-5:00||Classes, number depends on enrollment level of student|
Students will be scheduled for 3 or more hours of class, depending on their enrollment level. Enrichment courses will supplement the core curriculum for students who choose these offerings. It is not possible to send individual student schedules prior to the Orientation activities on Tuesday. If you need to know your schedule in order to plan childcare for siblings, please contact Cathy Apicella after May 15 to request your schedule. Any requests for special scheduling consideration must be received with your registration.
Students enrolled in Chamber Music and Graduation will meet on Tuesday prior to Orientation. Your Tuesday schedule will be emailed to you a week prior to institute. If you are arriving from out of town, be sure that you are available for classes on Tuesday, from 10:00-3:00.
Parking on Campus
- All visitors to campus will need to purchase permits to park in campus parking lots during regular business hours. Campus visitors can still park for free on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays.
- Parking convenient for Suzuki Institute is available by short-term meter kiosk in the Eielson South lot and daily parking permits are available for parking in the Nenana and Taku lots.
- Permits are available for $5 a day or multiple days up to one week. Kiosks accept cash, coins and credit cards at the following locations: * Nenana across from the Student Recreation Center * Taku parking lot off of Farmers Loop
- Shuttles are available from the Nenana and Taku parking lots.