Student Classes

Check back in January for ASI 2015 information!

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 20-26: violin, piano, cello, voice, harp, and Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE)
  • Classes offered July 27-August 2: violin, viola, piano, cello, bass, guitar, and Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE)
  • Advanced string and piano students may enroll in the two-week Chamber Music Program offered July 20-August 2.
  • 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. 
  • $60 tuition fee per week, includes CD, songbook, and five classes. 
  • 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

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.

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
    Each day, instead of the typical technique or musicianship class (B Class), chamber music students will receive a class prepared especially for them.
    • Week 1 – Chamber Music Rehearsal Techniques
      • Special guest artists from the Cilia Trio will lead discussions and hands-on activities to take your chamber music skills “to the next level”. Classes will focus on chamber music playing techniques – how to listen, how to make interpretive choices, stylistic considerations, efficient rehearsal techniques and how to make musical decisions as an ensemble.
    • Week 2 – Positive Practice! for Teens
      • The second session’s 5-day course, presented by Paula Stewart and Judy Boyum, is designed to help teens rediscover the joy of practicing, and to help them make the most of their practice time. The seminar is designed to address the unique teen challenges of increased responsibility, limited practice time, developing maturity, and changing relationships with parents and teachers. Teen participants will learn new techniques and have hands-on activities on a variety of practice-related topics. They will leave with specific, individualized plans to make their own practice more effective and enjoyable.
        • Monday: Finding motivation (You could love to practice!)
        • Tuesday: Smart, effective practice and performance preparation
        • Wednesday: Teamwork with parents and teachers as you mature
        • Thursday: Practice time in your busy life
        • Friday: Making a plan and making it happen

The Chamber Music Student Orchestras will perform in concert Thursday evening of the second week. Suggested attire is a white top and black bottom. 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
    • 5-6pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each session 
    • First session topic: Teaching Teens 
      • Day 1: Motivating teens to practice 
      • Day 2: Making the most of practice time in a busy teen life
      • Day 3: The Suzuki Triangle team evolves 
    • Second session topic: Child Development: How do the Characteristics of Each Stage Enhance or Challenge the Suzuki Experience 
      • Day 1: The Preschool Years 
      • Day 2: The Elementary Age 
      • Day 3: The Teenage Years
  • 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 20, 9am-noon and 2-5pm, and Thursday, July 24, 8-11am and 1-4pm
    • 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.