Frequently Asked Questions

How does it all work?

Our early bird registration deadline is April 15th (late fees apply after this point) Once we have your info, we’ll get your children placed in their classes. Next, drop by our registration day/first day of classes on Sunday, June 25th at Bishop Feild School on Bond Street. Registration will run from from 11-1 PM, and then we’ll have our afternoon classes At registration we’ll have tables set up for you to pay the remainder of your fees, pick up individual schedules for your children, and say hello to lots of friendly faces. We will also have a welcome play-in, with all our NLSI students playins some tunes together.

NLS is a fun and busy week! There are activities for most of the day – read more about the different activites in the “What Happens at NLSI” section of this booklet. Generally, the core program for younger children will run until about 2 PM which includes the daily, after-lunch concert. Older students will have classes running later in the afternoon. The concerts are very important to your child’s overall musical development and attendance is expected. Your child will likely perform in 3 to 4 concerts during the week and learn to be an excellent audience member during the other 2 concerts – both are important skills!

Parental attendance and supervision is essential at NLSI. Parents are an integral part of the learning process, and you are also at NLSI to learn how to help your child’s musical growth! To that end, we require supervision of all children under 13. The ideal ratio is one adult to one child, but we realize this is not always possible. We will do our best to avoid class conflicts for families with multiple children attending NLSI, but that does make the overall day longer. There will be a babysitter on site to help mind siblings.

I’m hoping to enroll my child in STEP this fall. Can he/she participate?

Yes! We have a “Starting with Suzuki” program that’s designed for children ages 4-9. It will introduce you to Suzuki parenting, while also introducing your child to the Suzuki experience. We also have “Twinkle Toes” ECE classes for those too young to start with Suzuki, and a siblings program to involve young students tagging along with an older sibling enrolled at ACSI.

My child already plays violin, viola, or cello outside of STEP. Can he/she participate in NLSI this summer?

Absolutely! NLSI is open to students who are not STEP members. If you know the Suzuki repertoire you are welcome in the Core program at any age. However, please note that all music must be memorized. Music stands and books are not allowed in group classes and rarely in master classes. Advanced students can also sign up for our Young Artists Program. Non-STEP students can also sign up for orchestra only, which involves a daily rehearsal and a final performance. If you have any questions, email us at

What do parents need to attend? What about for older children?

If the student is under 13, a parent or guardian must attend all their classes. Older students may come by themselves, but parental attendance is encouraged. NLSI offers several enrichment opportunities for parents, including lectures and parent classes (for violin and cello). Is there babysitting available at NLSI? A qualified on-site babysitter is available at NLSI. Please drop your child off with activities (books, crayons, etc.).

Do I need to bring lunch?

You do, though we will have a special order prepared lunch on one or two days, details to be announced. We will also have a canteen onsite selling donated snacks – baked goods, fruit, milk, and juice. And, of course, Moo Moos is just around the corner…

What do we need to bring?

Students need to bring their instrument and current sheet music. Orchestra and chamber music students also need to bring a music stand. Parents need a notebook and pen, and their Suzuki books to refer to during masterclasses. Parents in parent playing classes will need their own instrument. Starting with Suzuki families will also need an instrument of an appropriate size.

Can you ensure a scent/allergen-free environment?

NLSI is a scent-free environment, and we do our best to accommodate allergies, although we can’t make guarantees. Please list any allergies on your registration form and contact us if you have questions or concerns.