I recommend renting from a reputable violin shop rather than an all-purpose music store.
Good area violin shops include:
Henry Bischofberger Violins in Kirkland www.hkbviolins.com.
Hammond and Ashley Violins in Issaquah www.hammondashley.com
Bischofberger Violins on Capitol Hill (Seattle) www.bviolins.com
Olsen Violins in Ballard (Seattle) www.olsenviolins.com David Stone Violins in the University District (Seattle) www.davidtstoneviolins.com
Ask me for further guidelines for choosing a music store and your instrument.
Along with renting a violin and bow you will need rosin and a lint free cloth for cleaning the rosin dust off the violin. Most cloth napkins, hand kerchiefs or wash cloths will work as a cleaning cloth. Rosin can be bought cheaply with instrument rental.
You may also need a shoulder rest which can be bought at the violin shop where you rent the instrument, online, or at general music stores such as Mills Music. Please wait to purchase a shoulder rest until I’ve had a chance to experiment with different sizes and shapes of shoulder rest to find the best fit.
Music and Arts in downtown Redmond, as well as most local music stores, carry Suzuki books.
For sheet music, supplies and violin rental/purchase by mail I recommend:
For Suzuki resources, including a Suzuki parent discussion forum visit www.suzukiassociation.org. Please consider becoming a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Information about the benefits of family membership can be found on the website.
2018 Summer Camp opportunities
location: Seattle Pacific University, Freemont, Seattle
age/ability range: all ages, all abilities
One of the best parts of the Suzuki Method are its summer camps and Seattle happens to be home to one of the best Suzuki camps in the country.
Each day includes multiple group classes, a private lesson, reading classes or orchestra, faculty and student recitals, and enrichment classes like fiddling or drumming.
*All students under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. However, because this requirement has been reducing enrollment the camp now has a ‘buddy program’ where students in the same studio can attend with another student/parent at the same level so please let me know if you’re interested in going to the camp and we can see who we can pair together. We can also arrange a car pool with other families in the studio to reduce the driving.
Each day includes orchestra rehearsals, small group sessions, enrichment classes such as music theory or drumming. Students perform a concert at the end of the week. After hours care is available.
Seattle Youth Symphony Summer Camp https://syso.org/programs/summer-music/
dates: July 9-20 at Shorecrest High School
age/ability: age 7-14, requires basic reading ability
Each day includes orchestra rehearsal, small section rehearsals and chamber music. Chamber groups and the orchestras perform at the end of the week. An audition July 17 determines which orchestra you will be placed in. Many students in the studio have attended this camp and recommend it highly.Marrowstone http://marrowstone.org/
location: University Prep, Wedgwood, Seattle
age/ability: age 6-21, basic reading ability required
Each day includes chamber music classes, orchestra, dalcroze eurhythmics, and choir.
Suzuki Association of Washington State Fall festival, mid October in Ellensburg: https://suzukiwashington.org/fall-festival/