Student Classes

Enrollment is open to violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, harp, voice, and guitar students of all levels who currently study with a teacher who uses the Suzuki method and materials. Each student should review the entire Suzuki repertoire up to and including the current piece for his/her playing level. Be prepared to play your polished piece for your master class teacher at your first lesson. The teacher can readily assess the student's need by hearing a technically and musically mature piece.
  • Classes offered July 19-25: violin, piano, guitar, voice, harp, and Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE)
  • Classes offered July 26-August 1: violin, viola, piano, cello, bass, and Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE)
  • Advanced string and piano students may enroll in the two-week Chamber Music Program offered July 19-August 1.
  • All applicants must complete the institute enrollment forms.
  • Cellists should bring a rock stop and small chair (if needed).
  • Pianists and harpists should bring seat boosters or adjustable benches and footstools for their personal use. UWSP provides non-adjustable benches for most pianos.
The student program is a family experience. For young children, it is ideal to have one adult for each child enrolled. All students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult, with the exception of students age thirteen and older who elect to stay in the Teen Dorm. In order to get the complete Institute experience, it is recommended that families make the commitment to be available for the many activities that occur throughout the day and into the evening.
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No experience (violin only)

  • Students must be at least 3 years old.
  • Parent and child must attend all classes together.
  • 15 hours of instruction per week 
  • $415 tuition fee per week 
  • Students should be listening to the Suzuki recordings several weeks prior to ASI. 
  • It is suggested that you make arrangements for continued study at home prior to attending ASI. 
A small number of violin students with no experience may enroll to begin their study at the Institute. Their daily schedule will include individual (A class) and small group (B class) lessons in classes of not more than five students, and a music and movement class (C class). 


  • Students currently studying any instrument, but not yet playing all Twinkle variations up to tempo and without stops. 
  • Parent and child must attend all classes together.
  • 15 hours of instruction per week 
  • $415 tuition fee per week 
  • Daily class schedule includes master class (A Class), small group instruction (B Class), and a music and movement class (C class).

Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE)

  • For children ages 0-4 
  • Parent and child must attend all classes together. 
  • $80 tuition fee per week, includes CD, songbook, and five classes.  Subtract $20 if you already own the CD and songbook. 
  • Pre-registration required – no walk-ins. 
  • Class will not conflict with sibling’s master class (A Class). 
For siblings of enrolled students, the Suzuki Early Childhood Education Class provides an opportunity for siblings (ages 0-4) of participants and their parents to interact as they learn nursery rhymes and songs, move to music, learn counting skills and enjoy story time. Children learn to cooperate socially with other early learners as they take turns, share toys and help with class routines. Parents learn to observe their child’s growth, the natural stages of child development and how to structure a positive, nurturing learning environment. Class will be scheduled Monday-Friday.

Books 1-2

  • 15 hours of instruction per week 
  • $415 tuition fee per week
  • 4 hours of free, optional enrichment instruction per week. 
  • Daily class schedule includes a master class (A Class), technique/musicianship class (B Class), and repertoire class (C class).

  • Alternative Music Style Workshop for Violin Students!

    • Saturday, July 25, 09:00 - 10:15 am
    • Improvisation: Violin Books 2-3
    • Class limit: 15
    • Minimum enrollment: 6
    • Presented by Randal Harrison
    • $20

    In this class we’ll “think outside the box” inspiring studies of creativity, composition and musical expression. Students will explore melody, harmony, rhythm, and sound effects to create their own performances, or in a word - improvise! If there is time, Randal’s even been known to sneak in a fiddle tune.

    Books 3-5

    Orchestra music for string players will be provided at the first rehearsal. Pianoguitarharp, and  voice students will select a duet with the help of their home teacher.  Click here to view a list of duets for your instrument.  Students are expected to purchase and learn the appropriate duet piece(s) before arriving at ASI
    • Alternative Music Style Workshop for Violin Students!
      • Saturday, July 25, 10:45 to 12:00 pm
      • Improvisation: Violin Books 4+
      • Class limit: 15
      • Minimum enrollment: 6
      • Presented by Randal Harrison
      • $20

      A hands-on journey through various world music traditions to create points of access to the world of improvisation. Could be a Blues, Tango, Celtic, or Klezmer tune. In any case, students will play with scales, chords, sound effects, and free improvisation to create solos and group performances.


      Books 6 & up

      Orchestra music for string players will be provided at the first rehearsal. Piano, guitar, harp, and voice students will select a duet with the help of their home teacher.  Click here to view a list of duets for your instrument. Students are expected to purchase and learn the appropriate duet piece(s) before arriving at ASI. .

      Chamber Music Program

      The ASI Chamber Music Program is a two-week intensive experience for the advanced string and piano student. Those who enroll in this program need to have well-developed music reading skills and experience maintaining rhythmic independence. Pre-formed chamber ensembles are allowed with the consent of the student’s home teacher and permission of the Institute Director.
      • 52 hours of instruction 
      • $895 tuition fee 
      • Only enough personnel to fill 12 ensembles will be accepted on a first come first serve basis 
      • Daily class schedule includes a 3-person master class (A Class), special chamber music seminar  (B Class), repertoire class (C Class), string orchestra class or duet class (D Class), and chamber ensemble coachings
      • All applicants must complete the Chamber Music Program Assessment Form and submit a placement video, with the help of your home teacher. These materials must be submitted by June 1. 
      • Program requirements: 
        • violinists – Book 8 and above 
        • violists – Telemann Concerto (Book 4) level and above
        • cellists – Book 5 and above 
        • pianists – beyond the Suzuki repertoire 
        • double bass – based upon teacher recommendation 
      • Placement video
        The placement video is not an audition, and will not be used to determine acceptance to the chamber music program. All chamber music applicants are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis until spots are filled. The placement video is a tool to ensure applicants are placed in an ensemble with other students of a similar playing level. A placement video will allow ASI faculty to more quickly and easily assess and address the strengths and areas for improvement in each ensemble, in order to maximize all students' enjoyment and learning experience. 
        • Required to be submitted with your Chamber Music Program Assessment Form by June 1. 
        • Should be a DVD or YouTube link (or equivalent). 
        • Submissions should include one piece of music – title of the piece should be included on your DVD/ YouTube video.
        • Music does not need to be memorized. 
        • Piano accompaniment is recommended for string players. 
        • All submissions should be reviewed by the home teacher prior to submission. 
        • Performances should reflect the home teacher’s highest expectation for the student. 
      • Special chamber music seminars
        On Friday of each week, instead of the typical technique or musicianship class (B Class), chamber music students will receive a class prepared especially for them.
        • Week 1 – Muscle Care for Musicians
          • A musician’s entire body is part of their instrument.  Caring for one’s physical health is an important aspect of a successful performance.  Musicians, like athletes, are prone to overuse syndrome, repetitive stress injury and other soft tissue injury.  This session will include practical tips and exercises specific for continued muscle health of the musicians so that music-making can be enjoyed throughout one’s lifetime. 
        • Week 2 – How YOU can play successful audition        
          • Whether one is auditioning for the next chair, the solo & ensemble festival, a college scholarship, acceptance to a music school or for the local community symphony, auditions are part of a musician’s life.  This session will give tips and pointers as to how to prepare effectively on your instrument and in your thought process as well as what to do on the day of the audition.

      The Chamber Music Student Orchestras will perform in concert Thursday evening of the second week. Suggested attire is a white top and black bottom (no mini-skirts please). Chamber Music Students must bring music stands (label all parts). 

      Enrichment Classes

      These classes are meant to be a fun way for students to learn and experience something new while parents attend one of the special parent lectures. There will be several class options each day, so there should always be something for everyone. These classes are free and completely optional, so only have your child attend if he/she is fresh and ready to play and learn. If your child needs a rest or some practice time, do that instead.
      • Included in your ASI tuition – no additional charge. 
      • Monday-Thursday at 11am 
      • You will receive a schedule of enrichment classes upon check-in.

      Parent Programs

      Parent participation is essential to the success of the Suzuki Method, and the American Suzuki Institute has planned various activities to help parents fulfill their role. Parents attend lessons with their children and help them prepare for the next day’s classes.

      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.
      • Free Cross-Instrumental Symposia: 
        • Optional seminars for teachers and parents to learn and share information and ideas
        • 5:00-6:00 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, July 20, 21, and 23 
        • Developing a Chamber Music Ensemble 
          • Monday: Assessing student readiness and compatibility. 
          • Tuesday: Choosing and grading music to advance ensemble skills.
          • Thursday: Developing rehearsal independence.
      • Free lectures: 
        • Scheduled Monday-Thursday at 11:05am to coincide with the enrichment classes
        • Topics may include Suzuki Philosophy, communication, parent-child interaction, goals, early childhood development, working with teenagers, and instrumental techniques and musicianship. 
        • You will receive a schedule of lectures upon check-in.
      • Every Child Can!
        This course is an introduction to Dr. Suzuki’s Philosophy and its application to Suzuki education. It provides an inspiring in-depth look at the Suzuki approach.
        • Advance registration is required 
        • 6-hour course being offered Sunday, July 19, 9:00 am-noon and 2:00-5:00 pm
        • Class fee: $110

      Institute Observer  

      • Parents/guardians of enrolled students may observe any student classes for free. 
      • Any adult who is not a parent/guardian of an enrolled student or enrolled in a teacher training course must register as an observer. 
      • Observation fee: $200 per week or $40 per day. No registration fee required.