About The Institute

Northern California Suzuki Institute is proud to provide opportunities for students, teachers and families to participate in Suzuki Classes and Enrichment Courses that motivate and inspire. Join us this summer for a great time meeting new friends, old friends, inspiring teachers and sharing your musical abilities! Sponsored by the Suzuki Music Association of California-Coastal Branch.

Registration is open

Housing will be available, however we are waiting for SF State to get back to us with the final numbers. We hope to have housing registration open by early March. We apologize for the delay!

Student Institute 2018
Violin & Cello

Tuesday through Friday, July 10-13


Teacher Training 2018
Violin Units 3 and 7
Cello unit 3

Monday through Friday, July 9-13

New Location & Facilities

Creative Arts Building at San Francisco State, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco


World-Class Faculty

Our faculty are passionate and experienced teachers that empower students to their full potential. Many have studied with Dr. Suzuki himself.

Student Course

Master class

Repertoire Performance Class


Music Reading/Chamber Orchestra

Mariachi (book 2+)


Mariachi Concert

Dance Concert

Final Concert

Opening Play-in

Honors Recital

Informal Recitals

Guest Artist Recital

Liberated Performer®

Teacher-Parent Talks

Flash Mob

Teacher Trainees and ECC

Unit 7 Violin

Allen Lieb holds a Teacher Training Certificate from the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan following several years' instruction with Dr. Shin’ichi Suzuki. A registered Teacher-Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas since 1981, Mr. Lieb has taught institutes, workshops and conferences across the United States, Canada, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He is Chair of the SAA Violin Committee, the SAA liaison to the International Suzuki Association Violin Committee and a member of the SAA Heritage Committee. 

Unit 3 Violin

Cathryn Lee, A world-renowned teacher trainer, has taught and lectured throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, SAA and ISA conferences, at the first International Teacher Trainer Conference in 2009, and the 16th Suzuki Method World Convention in Japan in 2013. She is a guest lecturer in String Pedagogy at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

Unit 3 Cello

Beth Goldstein-McKee, registered SAA Cello Teacher Trainer, teaches at institutes
and workshops throughout the United States. Internationally, she was guest faculty
at the 16th Suzuki World Convention in Japan and the 24th International Suzuki
Festival in Peru.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the SAA, as Cello
Coordinator for SAA Conference 2016 and as a presenter at the American String
Teachers’ Association and the SAA conferences.