Summer Concerts!

Summer Concerts!

As we approach the summer season, it’s a great time to explore the many concerts and events happening in Chicago and the surrounding areas.


Taking your child to hear live music is an important part of keeping them motivated and inspired, and there are many wonderful festivals and concerts to choose from.

Attending live performances is an excellent way for students to witness the mastery achieved by high-level performers and to gain valuable insights into the technical details they practice daily. Seeing the dedication and attention to detail that the world’s finest musicians put into their performances can inspire young performers to create their own artistic vision and approach.

We encourage you to take advantage of the many wonderful concerts and festivals coming up this summer.


Here are a few that we recommend:

  • Grant Park Music Festival: This is one of the biggest and most beloved events of the summer, offering free, outdoor classical music concerts all summer long. We recommend checking out Augustin Hadelich, who is the violinist on the most recent Suzuki book 4-6 recordings, on August 11th and 12th. You can find more information about the festival’s lineup here:

  • Thirsty Ears Festival: This 2-day classical music and street food festival takes place on August 12th and 13th in Chicago near Wilson and Ravenswood. You can find more information about the festival here:

  • Ravinia Music Festival: North America’s oldest summer festival brings local and international artists of all different genres, including classical and jazz concerts. It’s a great place to bring a picnic basket and eat while listening to music. You can find more information about the festival here:

We hope you and your child enjoy attending these concerts and festivals and have a wonderful summer filled with music!

Suzuki Summer Institutes 2023!

Suzuki Summer Institutes 2023!

Summer Suzuki Institute Line up–plan now!


While we are all dreaming of warmer days it is time to start thinking of summer Suzuki Institutes!

Many families and teachers look forward to Summer Suzuki Institutes every year! Institutes are events held all around the country (one in almost every state!) where teachers, children, and parents get together to learn and play music together. Held for 1-2 weeks throughout the summer, you and your child will attend master classes with highly experienced and skilled teachers, participate in group classes, and get to hear and participate in concerts and other fun activities such as talent shows or improvisation classes. Each institute has its own unique specialty and flair.

As there are many institute options all over the country (and the world!), some families even plan vacations around institutes in order to travel and get to know new places.

Whether this is your first experience or you are going back every to see old friends, summer institutes are a great way to immerse your child in a week of music, learning, and laughter. The connection and motivation provided by attending a week at a Suzuki institute are worth the time required. Memories, as well as new friends, are made sparking new energy to sustain a family’s practice throughout the school year.

Check out the links below for more about institutes in Illinois and surrounding states. Click here for a full list of Suzuki Institutes. Be sure to let your teacher know as they can help offer lots of useful guidance on selecting, preparing for, and thriving at an institute that’s right for your family. 


Chicago, IL July 1 – 7

Stevens Point, WI July 17- 23 and July 24 -30

Twin Lake, MI  June 11 -14 and June 15 – 18

Louisville, KY June 11 – 16