Columbia College Chicago

Suzuki Summer String Camp

July 9-13, 2018

9:00am - 3:30pm
Ages 4 - 12


The Suzuki Summer String Camp, now in its ninth year, is proud to offer fun and innovative classes that will keep your child motivated and engaged in summer study. Our course offerings for violin, viola and cello are built around the Suzuki method, and will give your child the opportunity to broaden and deepen their musical knowledge. Students must have at least 6 months of previous study on their instrument.

Camp Structure

*Class availability will depend on camp enrollment. Semi-private, large group & Eurhythmics classes will run regardless of enrollment.


Daily schedule

(Note: Schedule may change depending upon enrollment)

9:00-9:55am: Semi-Private Lesson (with 2, or 3 other students)

10:00-10:55am: Group Lesson

11:00-11: 55am: Note reading or String Ensemble (depending on students' level)

12:00-1:30pm: Lunch - If the weather is permitted, we will go to the area park.

1:30: 2:25pm: Eurhythmics, or Chamber Music (depending on students' level) 

2:30-3:20pm: Cello ensemble, or violin fiddle

3:20-3:30pm: Students Pick up  

Thursday, 1:00-1:30pm: Solo recital for selected students

Friday,  2:30-3:30pm: final performance

Parents are encouraged to attend both recitals.


String Camp Faculty

Bridget Andes
Marija Bubanj
Erica Lessie
Martine Benmann
Melissa Padgett
Nobuaki Tanaka
Alison Tatum

More Information:



Where do classes take place?
All classes will be held in the Sherwood Community Music School building at 1312 S. Michigan Ave.

How early can I drop off my child?
Parents may drop off students between 8:30 - 9:00am. Please do not drop off any earlier than 8:30am, as we will not have staff available to supervise campers before 8:30am. Please note that the building's security guard cannot be expected to watch your child if you drop them off early.

Do you provide lunch or snacks? 
Lunch and snacks are not provided (except for the last day of camp, Friday, July 13). Students must bring a lunch from home that does not require refrigeration or heating. Please also send your camper with a healthy mid-morning snack. Please refrain from bringing peanut or tree nut products in the interest of allergy safety. 

There will be a final day pizza celebration lunch between 12:00 - 1:30pm on Friday, July 13.

Will there be a final performance at the end of the camp?
Yes, there will be a short performance in the Sherwood recital hall at the conclusion of the camp, on Friday, July 13, from 2:30 - 3:30pm. Selected students also have an opportunity to perform on the solo recital, on Thursday, July 12, from 1:00-1:30pm.

Do you offer extended care? 
Maybe, if we have enough interest. Please contact us directly at to let us know you are interested in extended care and we will let you know if we have enough students to offer an extended care option.



How do you collect emergency medical and contact information?
We partner with the ePACT Network to collect comprehensive medical and emergency contact information from all our camp participants, as well as to collect sign offs on camp waivers from parents. ePACT is a free, secure, and HIPAA compliant online system, that all our campers are REQUIRED to enroll in before attending camp. Through ePACT, all our teachers and counselors have access to our camper's emergency information via a smartphone app throughout the duration of the camp, so no matter where we are, we can ensure that we have immediate access to all your child's vital information through a completely secure and private system. Invitations to join the ePACT Network will be sent out to all registrants several weeks prior to the start of the camp.

Will campers have any unsupervised time during the day?
No, absolutely not. All campers will be accompanied and supervised by one or more camp counselors or instructors at all times throughout the course of the day.

What is the screening process for any adults that will have contact with my child during the course of the program?
All employees of the Office of Continuing and Community Education at Columbia College Chicago have completed and passed a full background check and fingerprinting. This includes all full-time and part-time staff and faculty, teaching artists, substitute teachers, student workers, camp counselors, and residence assistants

I have other questions about safety and security.
We will post a copy of our official Policy on Minors soon, please check back later for more information.



When can I register?
Registration opens Friday, January 26. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, and registration will close when the camp is full, or one week before the start of the camp, whichever comes first.

Are there discounts available?
Sorry, there are no discounts currently available for the Summer Suzuki String Camp. If the cost of the program presents a barrier to participation for your child, please see the financial aid section below for information on how to apply to receive discounted pricing.

How much do I have to pay when I register? 
It depends on the option you choose. A $250 deposit is required for the full day camp, and a $150 deposit is required for the half day camp. The deposit is required per camper, at the time of registration. You may also opt to pay in full at the time of registration if you prefer. If you do not pay in full, we require a credit or debit card be kept on file which we will charge automatically on the future payment due date.

How and when do I pay the remaining balance?
We will automatically charge your credit or debit card the full balance due on June 15, 2018. Registrations that occur after June 15, 2018 will require payment in full at the time of registration.

Do you offer financial aid?
Yes! Please download and read the following document to understand and apply for financial aid. We ask that financial aid applications be submitted by June 1, 2018. Late applications will be accepted, but availability of financial aid funds after the deadline are not guaranteed.


What about Refunds?
A full refund of all funds paid, minus a $50 withdrawal fee, will be granted for all cancellations requested before April 15, 2018. Cancellation requests made after April 15, 2018, but before June 15, 2018, will forfeit the deposit, but will not be obligated to pay the remaining balance. Cancellation requests made after June 15, 2018 will not be honored, and no refund of paid tuition will be provided. All withdrawal and refund requests must be made in writing to

Are there additional registration policies and procedures I should know about?
Please refer to the standard Registration Policies & Procedures document for all programs offered through Columbia College Chicago's Office of Continuing and Community Education for detailed information.
2017-2018 Registration Policies & Procedures


$500.00: Full Day Camp
$300.00: Half Day Camp (ages 4-5 only)

A 50% down payment is required at the time of registration to secure a spot in the camp. The remaining balance is due on June 15, 2018.

Online: Click the "Register Now" button below to visit our Online Registration Center and register online. Online registration is easy, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is the most popular registration option.

By Phone: Call our Student Services Desk at (312) 369-3100 during regular office hours to speak with a Student Services Specialist to register and pay via credit card by phone. Registrations are accepted from 10:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Saturday.

In Person: Stop by our Student Services Desk on the 1st floor of the Sherwood building, 1312 S. Michigan Ave., anytime during regular office hours to speak with a staff member to register and pay in person. Payment by credit card, check, and cash (exact change only) is accepted for in-person registrations.

For more specific information about registration policies and procedures, please view the FAQ section above.



We believe that a student's ability to pay should never be a barrier to participation for any of our programs. To that end, we are proud to offer a need-based financial aid option for any Suzuki Summer String Camp student that finds themselves unable to afford the full tuition of the program. Please refer to the link below for detailed information about our financial aid program.


More questions? Feel free to drop us an email at any time by clicking the link below, or emailing us at