Suzuki Bass joins the Milt Hinton Institute for Studio Bass, offering teachers foundation training with leading Suzuki trainer Virginia Dixon.

Participants in the Bass Unit 1 course will attend class sessions and observe students participating in the Hinton Institute. Suzuki Bass attendees are invited to observe any Hinton session during their free time at no additional cost.

Every Child Can

Friday, July 10, 2020
Registration — 9-9:45am
Class — 10am to 1pm, 2-5pm

The Every Child Can (ECC) course is a one-day introduction to the Suzuki philosophy and method for anyone aged 18 and older, who wants to learn more about the Suzuki method. No audition or membership in the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) required.

This course is a prerequisite for Unit 1 courses.

Bass Unit 1

Saturday, July 11  to Saturday, July 18, 2020
Registration — 9-9:45am
Class — 10am to 1pm, 2-5pm

Bass Book 1 course is the first in a series of SAA Teacher Development courses of pedagogical study for musician-teachers interested in the Suzuki method. Once completed, you will be registered with the SAA. Auditors are welcome to pay tuition and attend and learn, but will not be registered.

To qualify as a participant in the Bass Unit 1 course, you must submit and pass an audition. Please refer to the Suzuki Teacher Audition Guide for training eligibility requirements.

Virginia Dixon is one of two Bass Teacher Trainers for the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the only Bass Trainer for the European Suzuki Association. Her trainees include bass professors, orchestra bassists, active performers, and conservatory students from 20 countries. Her mission has taken her to Copenhagen, Buenos Aires, Lima, Davos, and Edmonton, as well as across the United States. She is presently on the faculties of Elmhurst College and the Suzuki School of Elgin.

Ann Gilbert has served as principal bass for the Symphonic Orchestra of the State of Mexico in Toluca, assistant principal bass with the Oregon Symphony, and in the Symphonic Orchestra of Seville, Spain. She has taught music at public and private institutions throughout northeast Ohio and currently teaches Suzuki and traditional bass for the Cleveland Music Settlement. She plays principal bass for the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Akron Symphony, and the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra. Gilbert is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the University of Akron.

Audrey MelzerAudrey John Melzer is director of orchestras for Oberlin City Schools and a faculty member with Oberlin's Community Music School. A strings specialist, she has advocated bass education and mentored young musicians for 20 years. Melzer began playing bass in her school orchestra program. She has a degree in music education at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Henry Peyrebrune. The Suzuki-trained bass instructor is pursuing a master's degree in music education at Kent State University.

Every Child Can course: $100

Bass Unit 1 course: $600

Attendees are responsible for their own housing arrangements. Many wonderful options can be found on the Oberlin accommodations website.

There are also many dining options on and off-campus. If you'd like to eat at the all-you-can-eat dining hall,  you are welcome to pay for your meal via credit card as you go!

You may make an electronic payment  with a credit card, or if you prefer to send a check, Please make it payable to Oberlin College and mail to:

Hinton Institute
Conservatory of Music
77 West College Street
Oberlin, OH 44074


We are accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis March 1 - May 1 until the program is filled. Applications will be evaluated as they are received. 

You are welcome to look over the application early to prepare requirements, however we will begin to review the applications only after March 1.

Suzuki Bass Teacher Training at the Hinton Institute - Application