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Check back in January for ASI 2015 information!

Check out some of our special new and returning programs for ASI 2014 by clicking on an item in the list below.

Celebrating the centennial of the birth of our Founder, Margery Aber

To commemorate our founder we will have several special events throughout ASI 2014. Among other things, one of our guest artists in the Cilia Trio was a student of Margery Aber, and there will be special chamber music seminars this summer presented in Ms. Aber’s honor.


Child Care - on campus

  • Available Monday-Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm 
  • For children 6 weeks to 12 years old 
  • Located in the Helen R. Godfrey University Child Learning & Care Center, Student  Services Bldg. (#2 on campus map)
  • For rates: 

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 
  • Week 1: 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 
  • Week 2: 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

Guest Artists

Monday July 21

Based in Frankfurt, Germany, the Cilia Trio includes violinist Charys Schuler, cellist Maja Schwamm, and pianist Karen Tanaka. All three women have been active soloists and chamber musicians throughout their lives, and the Cilia Trio is their most recent chamber music project. Charys Schuler was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and started her studies at the American Suzuki Talent Education Center (ASTEC) with Margery Aber at the age of 3. She has earned several positions with orchestras in Germany including the Frankfurt Radio Symphony. Maja Schwamm started her cello studies at the age of six with her uncle, Professor Klaus Stock. Since 1995 she has been a member of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and an active chamber musician, including 15 years as a member of the Frankfurt String Sextet.  Karen Tanaka was born in Washington, DC and began piano lessons at the age of 4. She gave her orchestral debut at the age of 13 with the Honolulu Symphony. As a chamber musician she has performed with Anne Sophie Mutter, soloists of the Vienna Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, and the Munich Philharmonic in Europe, the US, Japan and Lebanon.

Sponsored in part by the Great Artists, Great Speakers Endowment.

Monday July 28

Joanna Binford is currently on the faculty of the Norfolk Academy of Music, where she specializes in Suzuki instruction, and Norfolk Collegiate School. She is featured on several recordings including the 2012 release by the Kentucky Center for the Arts of “Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Instrumental Music Faculty, works by Byrd, Surinach, Kallstrom, Ortiz and D’Ambroisio” and the soon to be released “Meditative Works for Organ and Viola, works by Callahan, Vierne, and Trapp” with Stephen Leist, organ. In addition to classical orchestral work, she has served as a back-up musician for celebrities such as Arlo Guthrie, Mark O’Connor, Dave Brubeck, Anne Murray, Bob Hope, Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Ray Price, David Gates, Dinah Shore, Ann Hampton Callaway, and the Moody Blues. As a member of the Lastinger Ensemble, she appeared in the movie Simpatico, which starred Jeff Bridges and Sharon Stone. Ms. Binford is a frequent viola/violin Suzuki workshop and institute clinician.

Wednesday Free Time

Check back later for special activities arranged just for you!

For Students and Families

Chamber Music Program

Special 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

New Application Procedures
There are new application requirements for the chamber music program. Check out the Chamber Music Program information for more details.
New Enrollment limits
The Chamber music program will now be limited to only enough students to fill 12 ensembles. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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). 

Voice classes for Suzuki Voice Students

For the first time ever! Only at ASI! Students who are currently studying with a Suzuki voice teacher will now be able to enroll for classes at ASI. Students will receive a masterclass, musicianship class and a repertoire class. See the website for the voice repertoire list.

Guitar, harp, and voice duet class for students in book 3 and up

Now intermediate and advanced harp, guitar, and voice students can join in the fun of music making with friends. Learn one or more duets from the repertoire list posted on our website.  When you get to institute you will be paired with a fellow musician who has learned the same pieces. You will practice and receive coaching from an ASI faculty member and present at least one of your pieces in concert.

More scholarships than ever before!

ASI has added several new scholarship opportunities for students. Check out the financial assistance section of our website for more details and application materials.

Suzuki Early Childhood Education Classes

The Suzuki Early Childhood Education Class provides an opportunity for siblings of participants ages 0-4 and their parents to interact as they learn nursery rhymes and songs, move to music, learn counting skills and also have a 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.

Free, fun Sunday activity for kids

Check back later for more details!

For Teachers  

  • Voice Book 2 and 3 training 
    • Presented by Mary Hofer 
    • Book 2 July 20-26
    • Book 3 July 27-August 2 
    • Course fees for Book 2 training apply 

  • Viola Book 8 and 9
    • Presented by Julia Hardie
    • Book 8 July 20-26
    • Book 9 July 27-August 2
    • Course fees for Book 2 traning apply

  • Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Stage Two 
    Like stage one, the second stage addresses child development from birth to age 3. It delves more deeply into topics from stage one and includes: 
    • Study of the baby/toddler class curriculum and goals
    • The importance of the baby class sequence and key teaching strategies 
    • Discussions of the skill level of babies and toddlers
    • An emphasis on parent education 
    • An outline of a four week prenatal music stimulation program
    • Guides to prenatal resources 
Fees are the same as Book 2 training, $420. Prerequisite reading is Nurtured By Love and Ability Development from Age Zero by Dr. Suzuki, and Lullabies, Actions Songs and Rhymes (Handbook and CD) by Dorothy Jones.
  • The Development of Bowing Techniques, Twinkles to Eccles 
    • Bow balance at the beginning 
    • Principles of string crossing 
    • Bow divisions – how much/how little emphasis in Book 1? 
    • Bow weight, speed, and point of contact
    • Freedom and flexibility 
    • Bowing styles – their preparation and use in the repertoire
    • Bow function in double-stops and chords
    • Tone color variety
    • Phrasing
    • Presented by Alice Joy Lewis
    • July 27-August 2, 2014
    • $420 

  • Kitchen Table Repairs Level III
    This is a very intensive, fast-paced, one-day course that will enable most string teachers, band and orchestra directors to acquire the basic skills necessary to maintain the stringed instruments under their care. By the end of the day, each student will have fit at least one bridge on either a violin, viola or cello. Additionally, each student will have resurfaced a fingerboard, re-cut and re-glued a nut, reset an existing soundpost, learned the basics of measuring and cutting a new soundpost, and entirely set up an instrument by themselves. 
    • Saturday, July 26 from 8:00-noon and 1:00-4:00.
    • Presented by Dalton Potter, Potter Violin Co. 
    • Workshop Cost: $420
    • Participants or sponsoring schools are expected to purchase the requisite tools for their own permanent use. 
    • Kitchen table violin repairs can be a messy process, so students are asked to wear closed footwear and “stainable” clothing or smocks. 
    • Enroll early-the class will be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met. 
    • Tools (totaling approximately $650) and materials will be available for purchase at the time of the course.
    • Free cross-instrumental parent/teacher symposia.

  • Weekend Activities
    Saturday or Sunday, July 26 or 27—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 the Outdoor EdVentures Office (Allen Center 002). The shuttle will leave at 1:30pm and return at 3:30. Limited to 12 individuals.

    To reserve a spot, contact Outdoor EdVentures, 715-346-3848 or email outedven@uwsp.edu.