The American Suzuki Institute provides the opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to share a highly motivating and nurturing experience. The concentrated format of the student classes stimulates and motivates 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. Additionally, it is a gathering place for teachers to share ideas and work with some of the most renowned teacher trainers in the Suzuki world.
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A refund of all fees paid, excluding the registration fee, will be given only if notice of cancellation is received in writing by June 30. Cancellation notices must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most concerts will be live-streamed from Michelsen Hall for the benefit of family and friends.
Honors Recitals celebrate excellence at all levels. Whether you are a Book 1 student or are beyond the Suzuki repertoire, we encourage you to audition. Please navigate to the Honors Recital Page for audition video submission information.
Chamber Music Recital
Guest Artist Recital
Families may elect to stay on campus or in nearby hotels. Campus housing consists of typical university residence halls with communal restrooms. Kitchens are available 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.
Teen Dorm – Please navigate to Teen Dorm for complete information
Meals will be in the DeBot Dining Center
Parking passes available for purchase – $35 per week
One of the defining features of the American Suzuki Institute is the attention given to the inspiration of parents. ASI typically offers more parent lectures/discussion sessions than nearly any other summer institute. We believe that parent education and camaraderie is of the utmost importance.
Parent and teacher lectures are scheduled at 11:05 a.m. Student electives are scheduled at 11:00 a.m. in order to give the parent freedom to attend the lectures of their choice. A number of these lectures, because of their popularity and quality, are often featured at the SAA Conference and at other workshops around the country.
Parents are invited to enroll for some of the electives as well…depending on class parameters and the number of students enrolled.
It can be a transformative experience 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. Encouraging many students from your home studio to ASI is a great opportunity to build community and camaraderie in your studio.
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!
What is it like to spend a day at ASI? Come with us for a brief tour…You will start your day with breakfast in the University Dining Hall or one of the local restaurants. You will then head out to the Noel Fine Arts Center or the CBB to begin your day of classes and activities.
Depending on your age and level, you will have anywhere between 3-5 hours of classes, including a Master Class (lesson) with just 3-4 students in the group. You will join more friends for at least 2 other classes, one that focuses on technique, and one for repertoire. Other classes for older students might include some ensembles, such as orchestra, chamber music, piano ensembles or theory. All of these classes happen somewhere between the hours of 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
At 11 a.m., you have the option of attending an elective of your choice. (Be sure to check these out on our Student Classes tab and to sign up on your registration form). Some of these electives are musical, some are not. The common theme among them is that they give you a chance to have fun and be creative!
As soon as classes are finished for the day (4 p.m.) everyone gathers in Michelsen Hall for the Honors Recital. We get to hear some great music, share our talents, and cheer for our friends. After the day’s classes are over, it’s time for dinner and then more fun! Evenings are very special times at ASI. They are reserved for performances by our world-class faculty, guest artists, students (informal recitals), and of course, the infamous ASI talent show! On the last day of the week, each instrument group hosts its own spectacular festival concert.
Then, of course, there is your free time … how will you spend it? Will you take advantage of the many recreational activities, like kayaking on the local waterways? Or perhaps take a bike ride on the Green Circle Trail? One afternoon of the week is reserved solely for these kinds of activities…or for just plain old hanging out. Oh, and we don’t want to forget about practicing…there are plenty of practice rooms in the Fine Arts Center; but if you are lucky enough to have a portable instrument, feel free to enjoy practicing outside, in the beautiful Wisconsin summer weather.
Parents, your day mostly consists of attending classes with your child, but we haven’t forgotten about providing you with inspiration. There are lectures every day designed just for you … and of course, there are lots of opportunities to meet other parents and share experiences.
After the last notes of the day’s music have been played, you can drift off to sleep. You will want to get plenty of rest so you can enjoy everything that tomorrow has to offer…