For over 30 years, the Montana Suzuki Institute has been held at the University of Montana Music Building. Our Institute is a place where beginners through advanced musicians can play with some of the best teachers in their field and enjoy some of the best scenery in the country. Enrollment is open to students studying Suzuki violin, viola or cello at all levels.
The Suzuki method is built around parent participation, thus it is expected that a parent accompany their child to classes and help them prepare for the next day’s classes. However, we understand the challenges many working families face balancing work and childcare schedules. We are gathering input about how to best optimize parent involvement in their young musician's Institute experience while ensuring that their childcare needs are met. If you would be interested in a parent-cooperative childcare trade or in hiring an early childhood music education student to help out, please contact us. Recitals and discussions are open and free to parents attending the Institute. To get the most from the Institute experience, we recommend that families be available to take part in all activities offered, in addition to the main instrument classes.
Directed by Lamar Blum since 2005, and structured with time to play music and to explore Missoula's charms, the Montana Suzuki Institute is an excellent opportunity to excite and inspire young musicians of all levels. Come play with us!
Classes are held morning and afternoon each day except Wednesday, with children grouped together with others of similar abilities for the main classes (repertoire, master, and technique). Students may also choose to take one or two enrichment classes designed to expand their musical horizons and provide challenges in related disciplines. Early enrollment in these classes is encouraged as they are limited in size.
The Schedule includes classes and special activities every day. Classes begin at 2pm on Sunday! Families should generally plan to be at the Institute from 1:30-7:30pm on Sunday, then 8:30am-5:00pm Monday through Friday for classes, plus evening recitals on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. There are no Wednesday afternoon classes to allow for time to explore Missoula and the surrounding area. On Thursday, some individual students will perform on a solo recital if invited to do so by their Master class teacher.
Missoula is nestled in the Northern Rockies of Montana, surrounded by seven wilderness areas and at the confluence of three rivers. Known for its spectacular natural beauty, our vibrant community is Montana’s second-largest city with a population of 80,000. Missoula is also a regional dining and shopping destination, featuring three shopping districts and an abundance of restaurants, cafes, coffee houses and breweries. Missoula is an arts and culture hub with an endless array of arts and entertainment events.
The University of Montana campus is the home of the Montana Suzuki Institute. Nestled in the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, UM’s main campus spans 56 acres at the base of Mount Sentinel along the Clark Fork River.
The Montana Suzuki Institute’s home base is the campus of the University of Montana. Located just minutes from Exit 105 off of Interstate 90. A map and driving directions are available HERE.
There is never a dull moment in Missoula! Our Institute schedule keeps Wednesday afternoon open for your family to enjoy and explore Missoula. Check out our partners for family activity ideas:
*A full list of Missoula activities is available HERE.
Missoula is an active city that abuts a national forest and boasts numerous recreation areas. You can kayak, raft or tube through downtown. You can take a challenging, or a relaxing, hike or mountain bike ride in 60,000 acres of wilderness minutes from the Institute’s home base. Missoula is also known for its blue-ribbon trout fishing (made famous by A River Runs Through It) and spectacular natural beauty. More information on Missoula activities is available HERE.