Suzuki Institute, Hamilton Branch

Summer Camp 2020 for Cello, Piano, Violin & Viola

Thursday 9th January 2020 to Sunday 12th January 2020

Registration Closed

Information for Summer Camp

(Click here for more in-depth information about camp)

We will be holding the Suzuki Summer Camp at Totara Springs in Matamata again this year.

Totara Springs Christian Centre is situated in a beautiful setting, nestled at the foot of the Kaimai mountain ranges in Matamata. There are 90 acres of park-like grounds and native bush with streams, walks and bush trails. They have a large indoor sport and activity centre, as well as a large hot pool fed by natural hot springs. The Suzuki Summer Camp is fully catered by the resident catering team and special dietary needs can be accommodated. A wide range of outdoor activities are on offer as well.

The Camp is a great environment for learning, sharing and music enrichment with fun classes, concert evenings, and a Twinkle Parade for our youngest performers.


This year we are having camp t-shirts made. Please refer to the camp information page (link above) for sizing. Click on the image to enlarge.

Accommodation & Food

On site accommodation is available in a variety of lodgings as listed below. Please leave a comment if there is another family you have arranged to share accommodation with or wish to be near. We encourage you to bring a tent or caravan as there are lots of flat grassy places to camp. All meals will be provided and self-catering is not allowed. Linen can be hired at $20 per person for the duration of your stay. This includes 2 single sheets, 1 duvet, 1 pillow, 1 pillow case and 1 towel.

Cabins: There are 18 cabins that sleep up to 12 people per cabin. You will need to bring your own bedding and pillows. There are shared bathroom facilities.

Lodge: There are 25 lodge rooms that sleep 2-4 people. Lodge rooms share a lounge with tea and coffee making facilities. There are shared bathroom facilities. Linen is provided.

Motels: There are 15 motel rooms available. These sleep 2-5 per room, with some motels having interconnecting doors for larger families. Linen is provided.

Tents: There are plenty of flat grass areas for unpowered tenting.

Day Visitors

There is a camp charge for people not staying on site and also for people who are not attending camp full time. The charge is $30 per day. This charge covers camp administration, use of amenities, and includes morning and afternoon teas, and supper and includes one meal which is normally lunch. Fees must be paid at the time of enrolment. This is in addition to the tuition fee for all those not staying on site students, family, siblings and other visitors.

Camp Arrival and Departure

Registration will be between 10-11am on the first day of camp. Camp concludes at 4pm on the last day after the Play-out Concert.

Child Supervision

Please ensure that children are adequately supervised at all times. All students must be accompanied by an adult/guardian staying on site, who is responsible for them 24 hours/day.

Camp Roster

A small duty roster is a requirement of Totara Springs Christian Centre which relies on shared help in order to provide its current pricing schedule. Notification of duties will be given out at the Camp registration desk and these will also be posted at Camp on the information board.


Participation in the Totara Springs Suzuki Summer Camp is undertaken at your own risk. The Camp organisers will not be liable for any damages resulting from, or in any way connected to the Camp. Please note that Totara Springs Christian Centre is alcohol-free.


We are offering graded programs at Suzuki ECE (Early Childhood Education), Junior or Standard levels.

Suzuki ECE Daily Suzuki ECE class for children aged 0-4 years that are not playing an instrument yet
Junior Program - either Pre-Twinkler & Twinkler up to and including piece 5 in Book 1 all instruments
Standard Programme - from piece 6 and above in Book 1 all instruments

All students are expected to give a solo performance. Solo performances are considered an integral part of the programme as it provides an opportunity to perform and build confidence whilst learning concert etiquette.

Advanced Programme

The advanced program is for students at book 8 level and above. Students wishing to enrol in the advanced student programme need to indicate this in the comments section of the online enrolment form.

Advanced Student Concert

The Advanced Student concert will be made up of students (school age) from the most advanced groups and will be selected from these groups once enrolments have been received. The students will be notified in advance and sent a form to be signed off by their teachers.

Introductory Suzuki Teacher Training for Teenagers Violin Stage 1

At this camp in 2020 we may offer the above course which is designed to help teenagers approach Suzuki teaching in an organised and informed fashion. The course includes 8 hours of teaching which will include pedagogy (teaching points) and philosophy. This is for violin students only.

Please click here for details

Please contact for further information including requirements for eligibility and price.

Piano Surcharge

Piano students will be charged an additional $20 for their music programme. This $20 is to assist in the payment of hiring and transporting Pianos to the venue.


Violin tutors:

  • Haruo Goto, Sydney
  • Toni Robson, Melbourne
  • Trudi Miles, Hamilton
  • Milly Rout, Auckland
  • Annabel Harrison, Auckland

Viola tutors:

  • Haruo Goto, Sydney
  • Toni Robson, Melbourne

Cello tutors:

  • Natarani Witten-Hannah, Auckland
  • Takao Mizushima, Australia

Piano tutors:

  • Zohara Rotem, Australia
  • Christine Griffiths, Hamilton

Suzuki Early Childhood Education:

  • Catherine Polglase, Hamilton

String Ensemble:

  • Victoria Trenwith, Hamilton

Music Enrichment:

  • Jayne Tankersley, Hamilton

Piano Accompanists:

  • Christine Griffiths, Hamilton
  • Sofia Tarrant-Matthews, Wellington

Registration Details:

  • Registration cannot be accepted unless you are a current member of NZSI.
  • To become a member of the Institute please go to the Suzuki Institute website and complete the membership process.
  • Registration is not complete until payment is received.
  • Registrations close: 9pm Thursday 24th October 2019
  • NB: Registrations may close early without notice if the numbers or people enrolling reach capacity of spaces available.

Payment Details:

  • Payment can be made via Internet Banking or at any Westpac bank.
  • Internet Banking: Account Name: Westpac Bank - Hamilton Branch NZSI, 03-1556-0033179-00.
  • Please include your registration number and surname with your payment.
  • We are no longer able to accept payment by cheque.
  • If you are unable to pay by Internet banking you can make payment at any branch of Westpac Bank.
  • If you need to delay payment, please contact the Hamilton Branch to discuss a payment plan.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations received in writing or by email by 9pm Thursday 24th October 2019 will be refunded less a $100 administration fee. Refunds paid after this date will be at the discretion of the camp committee.

The Hamilton Suzuki Institute is a branch of the New Zealand Suzuki Institute. General information on the Suzuki Institute can be found at: Suzuki Institute

If you have any questions about the registration or the Suzuki Institute please contact:

  • All enquiries: please
  • Registration (technical issues): Richard Bourne, , Ph: 04 931 9324