General Information

The American Suzuki Institute provides the opportunity for students, parents and teachers to further their understanding of the philosophy and teachings of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. The concentrated form of the student classes stimulate and motivate while reinforcing the skills developed in the normal course of study at home. The Institute allows parents to see the success of the Suzuki approach on a grand scale and to enhance the skills they need to help their children learn. 
 
Short Term Teacher Development classes are for those who wish to begin or continue their study of Suzuki method philosophy and pedagogy.
 
In addition to teaching, the ASI faculty shares its expertise in the extensive ASI Lecture Series, which include a wide range of topics of interest to parents and teachers alike.
 
The ASI Concert and Recital Series presents faculty, students, and guest artists in a variety of solo and group performances. With more than 50 concerts in a two-week period all instruments and all levels are represented. The traditional Talent Show adds a spark of creativity, humor and relaxation to the Institute.
 
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ASI Store

  • Sells core materials of the Suzuki method, and a variety of other music-related educational items. 
  • Also carries the institute T-shirt and a wide variety of books, CDs, souvenirs, mementos, apparel, jewelry, and fine gift items. 
  • The ASI store is a fundraising project for the Aber Suzuki Center, the local year-round Suzuki program. 
  • Individuals or parent groups wishing to sell a Suzuki-related item at the store may send samples or pictures, plus a description, to: 
Store Committee 
c/o American Suzuki Institute
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Deadline for samples is June 1.
 

Child Care - on campus

  • Available Monday-Friday, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm 
  • For children 6 weeks to 12 years old. 
  • Located in the Helen R. Godfrey University Child Learning & Care Center, Delzell Hall (#61 on the campus map). 
  • For rates: 
 

Commuter Amenities

  • Enjoy many lounge areas in or just outside the Noel Fine Arts Center, where many classes take place. 
  • Free lockers (bring your own lock). 
  • Parking on campus – be sure to purchase a parking permit.
  • Meals – special lunch and dinner meal plan created with commuters in mind. 
  • Remember to take advantage of all activities – including the many evening concerts. 
  • No housing registration needed.
 

Computer Access  

  • Wireless access is available throughout campus. 
  • For those 18 and older, Internet access is available in certain computer labs and kiosks around campus. 
  • Information on hours and locations of computer labs, policies, etc. will be distributed on registration day.  

Concert & Recital Series

Everyone should consider attending recitals and concerts regardless of who is performing. These performances are an inspirational demonstration of the effort, time, and care that go into performing a piece of music beautifully. Students that are featured on solo, informal, and chamber recitals act as models for other students. Faculty and guest artist performances provide a peek at what can be accomplished with years of dedicated musical study. We guarantee you will be impressed and motivated by what you hear. Aside from terrific performances, updates and announcements are also given at the beginning of each performance, so it is always useful to come hear about upcoming activities.
  • Solo Recitals
    Solo recitals showcase students of all levels who come to Institute with their polished piece exceptionally well prepared.
  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 4pm.
  • Your master class (A Class) teacher must recommend you for a Solo Recital.
  • You will be notified at your first class the day of the recital if you have been recommended. Everyone is invited to come and listen – for free! 
  • Informal Recitals 
    • Your master class (A Class) teacher will invite students to participate in the informal recital, and he/she will assist you in completing the recital form. 
    • Recital forms are due in the office by 6pm on Tuesday. 
    • Programs will be posted by 1pm the day of the recital and will inform you of the time and location of your recital. 
    • Informal recitals are held on Thursday evening during session one, and Wednesday evening during session two. 
    • Everyone is welcome to attend. 
  • Chamber Music Recital 
    • Thursday evening during session two only. 
    • Advanced students enrolled in the two-week Chamber Music Program will perform the chamber pieces they have learned and prepared over their two weeks at ASI. 
    • Everyone is welcome to attend the concert.
  • Festival Concerts 
    Festival concerts are large group performances. All students participate in the festival concert for their instrument area. Daily repertoire classes prepare students for the festival concerts. ASI alumni and teacher trainees are invited to participate in the festival concert for their instrument. Check out the Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano, Harp, Guitar and Voice repertoire list to know what to prepare.
  • Held throughout the day on Friday. 
  • Recommended attire is “Sunday best”. (No mini-skirts please.) 
  • Piano students must complete their festival concert form and turn it in to their master class (A class) teacher on Monday. 
  • Orchestra classes will perform a mini-concert during the last 15 minutes of their scheduled class period. 
  • Faculty Recital
    On Tuesday each week ASI faculty will present a recital. This free performance allows students, parents, teachers, and the public to hear the ASI faculty perform. Come listen to the faculty you are working with every day, and be inspired!

  • Guest Artist Recital
    On Monday each week ASI invites one or more guest artists to perform a recital. These artists are usually ASI alumni, teachers, or teacher trainers that have built extensive performing careers, often holding positions with major symphonies around the country, and performing as soloists or chamber musicians frequently. This is one recital you won’t want to miss. To find out more about our guests artists this year, check out the What’s New page.
 

Correspondence

Email will be the primary form of correspondence for ASI. Please add suzuki@uwsp.edu to your contact list to ensure that you receive our communications.

 

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available for both students and teacher trainee applicants. There are two new scholarships available for students who meet the scholarship requirements. Scholarship applications may be downloaded below, completed and then email, faxed, or mailed to the ASI office. All scholarship applications are due April 1st except where noted.

Tax-deductible donations to the ASI Scholarship Fund can be indicated on your ASI application. Funds donated on the 2015 applications will be awarded for study at the 2016 institute.

  • For everyone:
    • Earn Your Way To ASI Toolkit
      Purchase a Toolkit ($15/5 kits) designed to assist you in soliciting funds from your local merchants, service clubs, family, friends, etc. Each of the five kits includes instructions, a leave-behind promotional DVD, sample letters, and forms. Last year one family raised $2,000 using our Toolkit! You, too, can Earn Your Way to ASI!! Just check the box on your ASI Enrollment Form and five complete kits will be mailed to you. If you want to order the Toolkit before you submit your application, just  call or email the ASI Office (715-346-3033 or suzuki@uwsp.edu). 
  • For students
    • ASI Needs Based Scholarships
      There are a number of $200.00 student need-based scholarships available from funds donated to the ASI Scholarship Fund last year.
    • Howard Rye Scholarship
      Dr. Howard Rye was a beloved and prominent string teacher. During his long career at Illinois State University he mentored countless string players, stressing ethics and integrity along with a very high level of musical proficiency. This scholarship in his name is intended to help offset the costs of Wisconsin Suzuki violin, viola or cello students, living in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha or Sheboygan counties who attend the American Suzuki Institute. An award of $100, to be applied toward his or her American Suzuki Institute tuition, shall be given to each successful applicant.
      Eligibility requirements
      • Currently study Suzuki violin, viola or cello with a teacher who was himself/herself a student of Howard Rye; and
      • Live in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha or Sheboygan Wisconsin counties; and
      • Apply to attend the American Suzuki Institute
      • Howard Rye scholarship application
    • Dalton Potter Bowed String Scholarship
  • For teacher trainees
    • ASI Shinichi Suzuki Teacher Training Scholarships funded by the American Suzuki Foundation are available to cover all or part of your tuition cost. You will need to print the application and send it with all of your supporting materials to the ASI office.  Application due April 1st.
    • The SAA also offers scholarships for teacher training participants. SAA scholarship applications are due to the SAA by February 5th. Check the SAA website for details about scholarships and application materials.
 

Home Studio Community-Building Program

It is transforming when students from the same home teaching studio share the institute experience. When students eat, sleep, work, and play together it creates a strong bond of friendship and support that cannot be created as quickly or effectively in any other way. Bringing many students from your home studio to ASI is a great opportunity to build community and camaraderie in your studio.
  • For home teaching studios that have seven or more students at ASI:
    • Housing together in the same wing. 
    • Popcorn night. 
    • Free group photograph, ready for framing. 
    • $25 gift certificate to the ASI Store for the teacher. 
    • Free gift from the ASI Store for the students. 
    • A list of community-building activities to do as a group while you’re at ASI.
 

Housing

Institute housing is typical university residence halls with communal restrooms and kitchens on some floors. If you would like to stay in the residence halls, select your housing options on your registration form. If you do not wish to stay in a residence hall, there are several other options nearby which you can book separately.

  • University Residence Hall 
    • Fees: 
      • 1 adult and 1 youth: $250 per week 
      • 2 adults: $280 per week 
      • 2 youths: $220 per week 
      • 1 adult: $195 per week 
      • 1 youth: $165 per week 
      • Teen Dorm: $355 per person per week (includes housing, meals, activities, and supervision) 
      • Refrigerator rental: $25 per week 
      • There are no housing fees for children two and under. 
    • Fire regulations mandate that maximum of two people over the age of two be assigned to a room. 
    • Families requiring more than one room will be housed next door or across the hall from each other.
    • Groups requesting to be housed together must note it on their application. 
    • Residence halls are located on the UWSP campus within walking distance of classroom buildings. 
    • Check-in begins at noon on Sunday. 
    • Check-out is by noon on Saturday. 
    • Linens are provided (pillow with case, bedspread, fitted and top sheet, bath towel, and face towel). 
    • Tobacco use is prohibited on campus. 
    • No pets (other than service dogs) are allowed in the residence halls. 
    • A public telephone is available in the lobby of each hall. Rooms do not have active telephone lines, and the phone at the front desk is not for public use. 
    • See a complete list of dorm rules, regulations, and additional information
    • Teen Dorm 
      • Teen dorm fee is $355 per week. 
      • Open to students age 13-18, attending one or two sessions. 
      • Early arrival is not permitted. 
      • Fee includes meals, lodging, special planned activities, and full-time supervision by resident counselors. 

        Resident counselors are on-call 24 hours a day to ensure a safe and supportive environment. In addition to the normal Institute activities, the American Suzuki Institute sponsors an opening night mixer, a pizza party and a dance each week for the teens. Teen Dorm residents who stay for both weeks of the Institute spend Saturday afternoon and evening in supervised recreational activities. One week Teen Dorm residents wishing to participate in the Saturday teen activities will be assessed a $29 activity fee. All teens participating in Institute-sponsored teen activities must be housed in the Teen Dorm and will be assigned a roommate. Meal tickets are required and are included in the housing cost. The Teen Dorm residents are under the supervision of the Institute, and residents are expected to abide by the established regulations and code of conduct, even if a parent is on campus. The Institute reserves the right to remove any student from the Teen Dorm who fails to do so. All forms required to be completed for each Teen Dorm resident will be emailed to you the week of June 2, and must be completed and returned to us by June 23.
  • Early Arrivals 
    • Early arrival is not permitted for the Teen Dorm, but is allowed for all other residence halls. 
    • If you plan to arrive on Saturday, you must contact the ASI office to make arrangements. 
    • Early arrivals will only be accepted with advance notice. 
    • Early check-in (Saturday after 2pm) is available for an additional fee 
      • Adult: $30/night 
      • Youth: $25/night 
  • Hotels and other lodging options
    For those wishing to stay off campus, several facilities are located near the University. Any hotel with a Division Street address is within walking distance of the campus.
 

Instrument Rental

  • ASI does not have rentals available. 
  • UWSP has some basses and cellos available for students or teacher training participants on a first come first serve basis. 
  • UWSP has some harps available for teacher training course participants only, please call for details. 
 

Meals

Meals will be in the Dreyfus University Center (DUC) food court.
  • Full Meal Plan 
    • Covers Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast 
    • Adult (age 11 and older): $120 per week 
    • Youth (age 3-10): $80 per week 
  • Lunch & Dinner Meal Plan 
    • Covers lunch and dinner Monday-Friday. 
    • Only for commuters and those staying off campus. 
    • Adult (age 11 and older): $80 per week 
    • Youth (age 3-10):$55 per week 
  • Cash is always accepted in the Food Court during regular meal times.
  • Children under three are not charged for meals. 
  • No refund will be issued for unused portions on either meal plan. 
  • No meal tickets will be sold after Sunday’s registration. 
  • If you plan to stay for both sessions of the Institute, note that lunch and dinner on Saturday July 25, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday July 26, are not covered by a meal plan, and the Food Court will be closed. 
  • There is a grocery store as well as several fast food and family restaurants within walking distance of campus.
 

Parking and Transportation

  • Getting to the Institute 
    • Airport & Cab Service
      The commercial airport closest to UWSP is the Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA). CWA is located just off I-39, approximately 20 miles north of Stevens Point, in the town of Wausau/Mosinee.

      Several rental car agencies are located at the airport. Cab service is available from CWA to UWSP, and we suggest you make arrangements prior to arriving in Central Wisconsin. Check the CWA website for more information. 
    • Driving Directions

    • Arrival and Departure information 
      • Plan to arrive at the Noel Fine Arts Center on the UWSP campus between noon and 5pm on Sunday 
      • Classes conclude Friday at 4pm 
      • Festival Concerts conclude Friday evening 
      • Dorm check-out is Saturday before noon
         
  • UWSP campus parking
    Those driving to Stevens Point and housed in UWSP dormitories must purchase a parking permit, which is valid only in the lots assigned to us by UWSP – no overnight street parking is permitted. Those commuting to campus are strongly advised to purchase a parking permit because daytime street parking and metered parking spaces are limited.
  • Parking pass: $16 per week 
  • Getting around campus and town 
    • Everything on the UWSP campus is walking distance from the residence halls and classroom buildings 
    • Several restaurants and shops, including those in downtown, are walking distance from campus
    • Downtown is about 1 mile from campus. 
    • Stevens Point City Bus Service
    • For area maps, visit the Convention & Visitors Bureau
    • Taxi services:
      • Courtesy cab (715) 342-8863
 

Parent Responsibility

The American Suzuki Institute is a family experience. Parents are expected to remain with their children during meals and leisure time, as well as during classes. Parents are responsible for the conduct of their children and the safety of their valuables while attending the Institute. All students and other children must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult during the Institute.

 

Practice Rooms

  • Practice rooms in the Noel Fine Arts Center will be available for you to prepare for your next days’ lessons 
  • You may also practice in your dorm room or in the open air until 9pm 
  • After 9pm, practice is permitted ONLY in the Noel Fine Arts Center practice rooms
 

Recreation

  • During free time, there are many opportunities for recreation both on and off campus, with fellow ASI families, or on your own. 
  • On campus facilities for jogging, tennis, and softball 
  • On campus cardio center and indoor pool available for a fee 
  • On campus rentals of bikes, canoes, or kayaks at Outdoor EdVentures
  • Walk to the nearby outdoor City Pool or indoor YMCA pool (fees apply)
  • Take advantage of the many parks, lakes, and rivers located nearby 
  • Check out the Stevens Point Area Visitor’s Bureau for more information on area attractions and events 
  • Take advantage of activities arranged especially for you by ASI 
    • Wednesday afternoon will feature special activities arranged just for you. Check back later for more specific details. 
    • For the kids 
      • Sunday afternoon 3-5 
      • Check back later for more information about the activity 
    • For teachers 
      • Saturday or Sunday, July 25 or 26—Relax and enjoy an hour or two on the Plover River. For $20 /person you can paddle a two-person canoe with an experienced guide. Soak up the beauty of the river, the peacefulness of your surroundings and the camaraderie of friends. Meet at location Outdoor EdVentures Office (Allen Center 002). The shuttle will leave at 1:30pm and return at 3:30. Limited to 12 individuals. 
 

Registration Information

  • Applications are accepted in the order in which they are received.  
  • Incomplete applications will be returned.  
  • Registration fee for applications postmarked/submitted before June 1 is $100. 
  • Applications postmarked/submitted after June 1 are charged $150 registration fee.  
  • Accounts with a balance due June 1 will be assessed a $50 late fee.  
  • No applications accepted after June 30 without prior approval from the Director – please call the office so we can determine if we can accommodate you.  
  • For Student Applications
    • Be sure to include your child’s current working and current polished pieces. 
    • You may notify us of any working and polished piece changes until June 15. 
  • For Teacher Trainee Applications 
    • After June 1, registration will only be accepted if space is available in the course you wish to take. Late fees will apply. 
    • Course Cancellations 
      • ASI may cancel teacher training courses if enrollment is insufficient. 
      • Please enroll by June 1 so that a course you wish to take is not cancelled. 
      • If a course you enroll for is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, you will be notified by June 23. 
      • If you choose to purchase a non-refundable plane ticket before June 23, ASI will not be liable. 
  • Ready to Register?
    1. Printable registration checklists
    2. Complete fillable enrollment and registration form
    3. Mail payment and completed forms to: ASI, UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481
      or Fax completed forms along with credit card information – 715-346-3858
  • If you are unable to enroll online, call or email the ASI office for a PDF copy of the application forms 

Payments  

  • You must include at least the non-refundable registration fee with your completed enrollment application. 
  • Applications received without the registration fee will be returned. 
  • Balances must be paid in full by June 1 to avoid the $50 non-refundable late fee. 
  • ASI accepts checks or credit cards. 

Refund policy
A refund of all fees paid, excluding the registration fee, will be given only if notice of cancellation is received in writing by June 1. Cancellation notices may be sent via email to suzuki@uwsp.edu.  

Registration Day
Registration packets containing student schedules, name tags, parking permits, meal tickets and other Institute information will be available in the Noel Fine Arts Center (1800 Portage Street) from Noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday, July 19th and July 26th. Residence hall room registration is done at the front desk of your assigned residence hall (check your invoice/statement for your assigned residence hall). The first meal in the cafeteria for meal ticket holders or cash-line is on Sunday from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Schedule

Sunday

​12:00 noon - 5:00 pm ​Registration - Pick up schedules and general information packets
​3:00 - 5:00 pm ​Activity for the kids.
​6:15 pm ​Short Term Teacher Training Course Orientation
7:00 pm Welcome Ceremony
7:30 pm Instrument Specific Play-ins

Monday through Thursday

8:00 am - 11:00 am Classes per individual schedules
​11:00 am - 12:00 noon ​Optional enrichment classes and free lectures
​1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ​Classes per individual schedules
​4:00 pm ​Solo recitals, announcements

Friday

8:00 am - 11:00 am Classes per individual schedules
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Classes per individual schedules
 

  Friday Festival Concerts  

Week 1 Week 2​
11:15 am - Voice ​11:15 am - Viola
​1:00 pm - Harp ​4:15 pm - Cello/Bass
​4:15 pm - Guitar ​7:00 pm - Violin
​7:00 pm - Violin ​TBA - Piano Ensembles
​TBA - Piano Ensembles ​TBA - Piano
​TBA - Piano

​Evening Concerts 7:30 ​

​Week 1 ​Week 2
​Monday  - Randal Harrison, Violin ​Monday – Roy Meyer, Violin
​Tuesday – Faculty Recital ​Tuesday – Faculty Recital
​Wednesday – Free Time ​Wednesday – Free Time (4:00-6:00) & Informal Recitals (6:30) & Talent Show (7:30)

​Thursday – Informal recital (6:30) & Talent Show

​Thursday- Chamber Music Student Orchestra Concert & Ensemble Performances

Saturday

12:00 pm Residence Hall check out deadline
No classes scheduled on Saturday.


 

Talent Show  

  • Non-musical acts are welcome.
  • Specific audition information will be included in your registration packet.
  • Acts should be appropriate for a general audience.
  • Auditions are required and will take place on Tuesday. 
  • All are welcome to audition – students, parents, teacher trainees, and faculty. 
  • Talent show will be held on Thursday evening during the first session and Wednesday evening during the second session. 
  • This is a great way for students, parents, and teachers to relax, unwind, and have some fun.