Ottawa Suzuki Strings

Est. 1966


          Suzuki Graduation 

     Questions and Answers

Who created Graduation?

      Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

We know that polish and review are important and that learning continues throughout a student's study, so just what IS Graduation?

      Graduation is a process of polishing and reviewing certain pieces

 in the Suzuki repertoire to a very high level, 

recording those polished pieces, and having a concert 

featuring the students and recognizing their achievements.

How do we know if  particular student is eligible to participate?


      See Graduation Requirements for specifics.

Who listens to the recordings?


     Various HASA teachers volunteer their time

 and expertise to listen to the recordings submitted.

Do we get the recording back?

     Yes! There's also a written comment sheet from the listener, 

giving suggestions and recognizing the excellent skills 

and musicianship in the student's performance.

When and where is the next Suzuki Graduation concert?

      Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

    Ottawa University Fredrikson Chapel, 1001 S. Cedar, Ottawa, KS 66067

By what date should recordings be submitted?

      Postmark of May 1, 2018, or before

Where do we send recordings?

Please enclose recording and $15.00 by May 1 to:

      Suzuki Institute - Graduation

      Jean Dexter, Registrar

      2121 S. Central

     Olathe, KS  



submit recording by email and submit form 

and PayPal payment at 

Is there a cost?

      Only $15.00

Can only Ottawa Suzuki Institute registrants participate in Graduation?

      No. Graduation is open to all Suzuki violin, viola, and cello students 

whose teacher is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Will we rehearse together for the concert?

      Yes. Rehearsals in 2018:

Sunday, June 3     3:30-4:30 p.m.

  Tuesday, June 5     4:30-5:30 p.m. *

  REQUIRED of all Concert Participants

Where are the rehearsals?

      Ottawa University Fredrikson Chapel, 1001 S. Cedar, Ottawa, KS 66067

Graduation sounds cool! When should we start practicing for that "extra polished" result?

      Now! Remember that Dr. Suzuki said, "Practice to make it EASY". 

When playing feels EASY, then it is especially fun!