The North Carolina Suzuki Institute (NCSI)

The North Carolina Suzuki Institute (NCSI) provides an opportunity to study the philosophy and teaching of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. The institute is held on the campus of East Carolina University utilizing the facilities of the A.J. Fletcher Music Center.

2016 Student Institute
July 9 and 10, 2016 (Pre-Twinkle Day Camp)
July 10 - 15, 2016 (Traditional Student Institute)

2016 Teacher Development Courses
July 8, 2016 (Every Child Can!)
July 9 - 16, 2016 (Violin Unit 1)
Teacher Trainer: JAMES HUTCHINS

Tuition, housing and registration fee must be paid in full by June 20, 2016.

The NCSI is approved by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Detailed Information and Registration


Welcome to the Greenville, NC, Suzuki Association!

The Greenville Suzuki Association and the Dr. Ira Hardy Suzuki Pedagogy Program are pleased to announce another year full of exciting events and activities for our Suzuki Community! The GSA is an area-wide organization that assists in promoting unity and opportunities for Suzuki students, teachers, and parents in Eastern North Carolina.

The membership fee is $40.00 per person. Suzuki Saturdays are included in this fee. Checks should be written to the Greenville Suzuki Association and given to your studio teacher by September 25, 2015.

Suzuki Saturdays / Sundays - Four classes at Third Street Community Center, 600 W. 3rd St. Advance registration is required. At 10:00 AM, enjoy energetic and exciting group classes for ALL ages and levels. At 11:00 AM, after group class, all participants may perform in the solo/group recital.

  •  October 31 and November 1; February 27 and 28

          •  10:00 - energetic and exciting group classes for ALL ages and levels

          •  11:00 - solo and group concert

          •  12:00 Chamber Music (bk 4 & up)

          •  1:00 optional lunch outing w/ clinicians

 Download/view/print this information and the registration forms here (PDF 181 KB).


Recent Events

The 2016 Greenville Suzuki Workshop was held on MLK weekend (January 15-16, 2016) at the 3rd Street Community Center.

  •  2016 Workshop Flyer.pdf (PDF 31 KB)

  •  2016 Violin or Viola Registration Form.pdf (PDF 88 KB)

  •  2016 Guitar Registration.pdf (PDF 84 KB)

The Suzuki Christmas Program was held Sunday, December 20, 2015, at 5:00 pm, Jarvis Memorial Church in Greenville, NC. Suzuki violinists of Greenville and beyond have celebrated the season at this annual tradition for 49 years!

Special Offerings:

  •  Group Carol Procession and Performance
  •  Advanced Repertoire Performance featuring Jesu Bambino
  •  Featured student solo performances
  •  Reception to follow with gift exchange
  •  Bring a snack to share and a gift labeled with gender and age (example: girl/7)

  •  2015 Christmas Carol Program Flyer and Christmas Carol List (PDF 155 KB)

  •  Joanne Bath's Descant (JPEG 390 KB)


About the Greenville Suzuki Association

The Greenville Suzuki Association is the umbrella group in Eastern North Carolina for our Suzuki community among families, teachers and supporters of the arts. It exists for students and parents in Greenville and Pitt County, North Carolina, and neighboring areas who teach and learn music through the Suzuki methodology. It provides an important environment for the cooperative and nurturing interaction of those students with their parents and teachers.

•  View Joanne Bath featured on You Tube, ECU Arts Thread, Episode 13

At the heart of this association is Joanne Bath, the Hardy Distinguished Professor of Suzuki Pedagogy at East Carolina University. With few exceptions, all the teachers who belong to this organization have trained with Professor Bath by taking her classes at East Carolina University, through the summer North Carolina Suzuki Institute, or through other Suzuki Teacher Training opportunities. Facebook

This association offers support activities for students of all Suzuki teachers in the area. The Suzuki Saturday Program is an important supplementary activity that provides group classes and other activities for students. As part of the Suzuki Saturday Program, Professor Bath presents talks for parents that explore many issues arising from the close involvement of parents with their children while learning music. Seasonal and year-end programs give students a supportive atmosphere and environment to perfect their performance skills.

The Suzuki method, also called Talent Education, mother-tongue method, or Suzuki movement, is an educational philosophy that strives to create "high ability" and beautiful character in its students through a nurturing environment.

Suzuki methodology is modeled on a concept of early childhood education that focuses on factors that Shinichi Suzuki observed in native language acquisition: immersion, encouragement, small steps, and an unforced timetable for learning material based on developmental readiness to imitate examples, internalize principles, and contribute ideas.



Caroline Adelaide Shaw is a New York City-based violinist, singer, and composer. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for her a cappella piece Partita for 8 Voices. She began her violin studies with her mother and continued with Joanne M. Bath. She tours and performs as a violinist and as a member of the vocal group "Roomful of Teeth."

[Caroline Shaw Wikipedia]     [Caroline Shaw Website]

Amy Schwartz Moretti, a former student of Joanne Bath, has released a new CD. Read all about it [here].

Two former students of Joanne Bath performed in a string quartet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, during the remembrance of 9/11 on Monday. Click this [link] to view and hear Caroline Shaw and Keats Dieffenbach on the NPR website.

PCC Symphony Orchestra
Click [here] for a recorded example of the Ave Maria that the Greenville Suzuki Association played with the Pitt Community College Orchestra on December 8th. Note: [Quicktime] is required.

Sweden Concert DVD's are available!
Thanks to the work of professional videographer Bob Storck, DVD's may be purchased at a cost of US $10.00. To order, call Mary McKeel (252-717-5530) or send email to her at View video clips from the concert [here] and [here].