Dr. Suzuki taught that each piece requires three stages of learning—
1) the introduction of the particular technique(s) that a piece utilizes,
2) the fluency phase when students can play the piece from beginning to end from memory with all the correct rhythms, fingerings, bowings and technique, and
3) the artistic phase.
This is the stage when the mechanics of the piece are so habitual that the performer can communicate a mood or character or a feeling through the music. These are the performances that really speak to the audience’s heart. Since the piece is well within the performer’s skill level and the execution is effortless, there is surplus attention to give to the emotional content of the piece. Sometimes the amount of time between when a piece is fluent and when it becomes artistic can be as much as a year or two or when the student is well into the next book. Professional performers for example, never take their newest piece first to the concert halls in big cities with music critics. Instead, they hone their performing skills in much smaller venues until the piece becomes comfortable, easy and they feel confident.
True artists are hardly ever satisfied. They are always trying to improve and are reaching for the next level of playing. And that’s why you’re here—to learn how to get to the next level, how to become an artist. And what better way than to have five consecutive lessons where one can hardly practice a small task incorrectly? Secondly, since as Suzuki students we believe in the power of the environment, we are also here to be inspired by outstanding performers, both adults and students, who have achieved that level of communication in their performance. Occasionally, students will do that on the very first day of class and these are the students who are asked to perform on the 4:00 and informal recitals at ASI.
So the evidence of a successful institute experience is not whether students are selected to perform on a recital, but rather if they leave ASI with the tools and the motivation to be a more artistic player than when they arrived.
Video submissions for Honors Recitals and Chamber Music Placement should follow these guidelines:
ASI Talent(?) Show!
The ASI Talent Show is a great way for students, parents, and teachers to relax, unwind and have some fun!
Dr. Suzuki said, “only practice on the days you eat.” At the American Suzuki Institute, we take that message very seriously. The ASI 100 Day Practice Club was started by ASI teacher and Suzuki pioneer, Craig Timmerman. Students (and teachers) who have practiced at least 100 days consecutively are welcomed and encouraged to join this elite club of dedicated musicians. We celebrate the focus and energy which you, your practice partner, and your teacher have put into joining the 100-Day Practice Club. We have been amazed throughout the years at the number of ASI students who have not missed a day of practice, not just 100 or 200 days, but YEARS! Practicing can be a habit that’s hard to break!
To help you keep track of your 100 consecutive days, we have created an ASI 100-Day Club Coloring Chart. Click the link, download and print your form, and sart coloring!!!
When you have completed 100 days or more of consecutive practice, please complete the ASI 100-Day Practice Club Members Form. As is tradition, your name will be shared during the Wednesday ASI Talent (?) Show, and you will receive a printed certificate as a memento of your achievement!