Northern Illinois Suzuki Guitar Institute

A Big Guitar Party!

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

The second annual Summer Institute 2022 was a great success with a good number of both student and teacher participants.

Details for the 2023 Summer Institute will be coming together soon!

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 considering offering a book 1 teacher training course in the summer of 2023. Please contact nisguitarinstitute[@] if you would have interest in a book 1 training course and would like to find out more about future training opportunities.

Suzuki Guitar Teacher Training.pdf

Suzuki Student Institute
(Teachers interested in Book 2 training see below)
Glen Ellyn, IL
July 18-22, 2022

Join us for our 2nd 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, semi private masterclass, guitar ensemble or reading group and will get to learn about Flamenco guitar through our enrichment class taught by Eric Schroeder.

The Faculty for the Institute will include:
MaryLou Roberts
Eric Schroeder
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 Deadline June 18, 2022

Registration Fee: $25/Student

Pre-twinkle: $100

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

Book 1-2: $300

Book 3+: $325

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


9am (possible early drop off)
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 Masterclass Mon-Thurs and participate in the final concert and pre-concert rehearsal.

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

Check out the Flyer Here:

Northern Illinois Suzuki Guitar Institute July 18-22, 2022 Students.pdf

Hybrid Format Added:

Now Offering an Online Track for Unit 2 Teacher Training and Teaching Strategies along side the in person training!

Teacher Development Unit 2
Plus Teaching Strategies

July 18-23, 2021
Glen Ellyn, IL
MaryLou Roberts

Registration Deadline Extended to July 10, 2022

Suzuki Guitar Unit 2 provides approaches to teaching rest stroke in combination with bass notes, free stroke and combining strokes for melody and accompaniment playing. It also establishes note reading skills and ear training. This course is in a new format, combining Book 2 Teacher Training with Teaching Strategies; a master class for greater effectiveness in teaching.

The book 2 course fee ($575) includes both courses at a discounted rate. Teaching stragies can be taken as a stand alone for $215.

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

The teaching strategies course will have a 3 hour online introduction ahead of the scheduled course beginning.

Teaching Strategies for all teachers may also be taken as an independent course. Teaching Strategies is like a master class for teaching, having clear communication with parent and child, personalized advice for giving a highly effective lesson, and creating an environment that is motivating.

Register Below!

Sample Schedule:

Before July 18 Date TBD 3 hours Teaching Strategies online.
Before July 18 Date TBD 1 hour Book 2 online

Mon -Thurs, July 18-21

9am pedagogy book 2
10am pedagogy book 2
11am observations
1pm mini recital (teachers optional)
1:30pm observations
2:30pm observations (change to book 2)
3:30pm Pedagogy (teaching strategies)

Friday, July 22
9am Pedagogy (book 2)
10am Pedagogy (book 2)
11am final concert
1pm-3pm observations

Saturday, July 23
9am-12pm pedagogy (teaching strategies)
12pm exit interviews
1pm training concludes

Check out the Teacher Training Flyer Below:

Teachers Northern Illinois Suzuki Guitar Institute July 18-23, 2022.pdf