Northern Illinois Suzuki Guitar Institute

A Big Guitar Party!

Welcome to the homepage for the Northern Illinois Suzuki Guitar Summer Institute!

Registration for our 4th annual summer institute is now open for students and teacher trainees!

We encourage all Suzuki Guitar Students to prioritize Insitute attendance and welcome professional guitarists and instructors to consider pursuing Suzuki Guitar Teacher Training Courses.

The Institute is currently offering a book 2 teacher training course in the summer of 2024.  See below for details.  

Please contact nisguitarinstitute[@] for questions.

Suzuki Student Institute
(Teachers  interested in Book 2 Teacher Training see below)
Glen Ellyn, IL
July 22-26, 2024

Join us for our 4th annual Northern Illinois Suzuki Guitar Institute!

This institute is open to Suzuki guitar students of all book levels. Each student will participate in a daily group class, Suzuki-style masterclass, guitar ensemble or reading group and an Enrichment Class.  This years enrichment class will be led by guitarist Joe Spoelstra of the Music Institute of Chicago.  The class is called "Stomp, Stomp, Strum" at it can be described as an interactive dive into the world of composition, improvisation and music theory.  What better way to learn about harmony, song form and melody than by creating a group composition with friends at our summer guitar institute. 

The Faculty for the Institute will include:
MaryLou Roberts
Joseph Spoelstra
Mitchell Green, and
Kevin Brown

Located in the suburbs of Chicago our location is near two major airports and the local community includes many restaurants, grocery stores, opportunities for lodging and other amenities.

Registration Closes June 22, 2024

Registration Fee: $25/Student

Pre-twinkle: $125 ($150 including $25 registration fee)

(2:30-3:15 Group Class Mon-Thurs and final concert)

Book 1-2: $350 ($375 including $25 Registration fee)

Book 3+: $375 ($400 including $25 Registration fee)

Register Below!

No Refunds After June 22, 2024

What are other people saying?!

I am so happy that I made a decision to bring my two grandkids to Northern Illinois Suzuki Guitar Institute this year. The institute was well organized. Both kids enjoyed meeting new friends and learning new music. The church where the institute took place is located in a nice area with a beautiful park nearby.

Thank you so much for making us feel so welcomed.

- Irina (WI)

My son Kai had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Northern Illinois Suzuki Guitar Institute in 2021. In addition to being able to work with amazing teachers, MaryLou Roberts, Mitchell Green and Eric Schroeder (he unfortunately did not have a class with the organizer Kevin Brown), he also was able to perform two solos on their daily afternoon recitals. The atmosphere was very nurturing and caring, and all the teachers did a fantastic job working with various levels in the same class and making sure all the students were engaged. Both Kai and myself felt like he learned a lot during the week and that his playing improved due to the instruction he received. Thank you Kevin for all your hard work putting this together! 

Rachael L. (CA)

Sample Schedule

10am Ensemble/Reading
11am Masterclass/Enrichment
12pm Lunch/Free Time
1pm Mini Recital
1:30pm Masterclass/Enrichment
2:30pm Group Class (Pre-twinkle Group)
3:30 Dismissal

10am Pre-Concert Rehearsal
11am Final Concert
12pm Camp Ends

Pre-Twinkle students will do one group class Mon-Thurs and participate in the final concert and pre-concert rehearsal.

Held at:
Cornerstone Christian Church
312 Geneva Rd
Glen Ellyn IL 60137

Click here to see the flyer:

2024 Summer Institute flyer.pdf

Hybrid Format Added:

Unit 2 Teacher Training Available for In-Person or Online Participation

Teacher Development Unit 2

July 22-26, 2024
(In-Person or Online)
Glen Ellyn, IL 
with MaryLou Roberts

Cornerstone Christian Church
312 Geneva Rd
Glen Ellyn IL 60137

Registration Deadline June 22, 2024

Cost: $500

No refunds after June 22, 2024

Register Below!

Suzuki Guitar Unit 2 provides a continued foundation for teaching classical guitar in the Suzuki method.  The course will explore the philosophy behind the method, how to apply the principles of Talent Education to the guitar, the beginnings of free stroke technique and reading for Suzuki students and so much more!

Teacher training at the Northern Illinois Suzuki Guitar Institute will be available either in person or online. Please inquire for details.

Sample Schedule:

Mon -Thurs, July 22-26 (In Person/Online)



1pm—mini recital (optional)




4:30pm Dismissal

Friday, July 28

10am pedagogy

11am final concert

1:30pm pedagogy

2:30pm pedagogy

3:30pm training concludes