General Information           

The American Suzuki Institute provides the opportunity for students, parents and teachers to further their understanding of the philosophy and teachings of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. The concentrated form of the student classes stimulate and motivate 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.  Unique to ASI is the extensive Lecture Series on topics sure to enhance your success as a home teacher.  

Short Term Teacher Development classes are for those who wish to begin or continue their study of Suzuki method philosophy and pedagogy.
 
In addition to teaching, the ASI faculty shares its expertise in the extensive ASI Lecture Series, which include a wide range of topics of interest to parents and teachers alike.
 
The ASI Concert and Recital Series presents faculty, students, and guest artists in a variety of solo and group performances. With more than 50 concerts in a two-week period all instruments and all levels are represented. The traditional Talent Show adds a spark of creativity, humor and relaxation to the Institute.
 
 
 
 
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 Registration Information

For Student Applications
  • Be sure to include your child's current working and current polished pieces. Applications with this information missing will be returned.
  • You may notify us until June 15 by email at suzuki@uwsp.edu with any working and polished piece
    changes. Please mark June 15 on your calendar as a reminder to send updated piece information to the Suzuki office.

For Teacher Trainee Applications 

  • After June 1, registrations will only be accepted if space is available in the course you wish to take. Late fees will apply.
  • Course Cancellations 
    • ASI may cancel teacher training courses if enrollment is insufficient.
    • Please enroll by June 1 so that a course you wish to take is not cancelled.
    • If a course you enroll for is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, you will be notified
      by June 23 and your registration fee will be returned.
    • If you choose to purchase a non-refundable plane ticket before June 23, ASI will not be liable.

Ready to Register?

  1. Printable registration checklists
  2. Complete enrollment and registration form
  3. Mail payment and completed forms to: ASI, UW-Stevens Point, 1800 Portage Street,
    Stevens Point, WI 54481 or Fax completed forms along with credit card information: 715-346-3858 

Payments  

  • You must include at least the non-refundable registration fee with your completed
    enrollment application.
  • Applications received without the registration fee will be returned. 
  • Balances must be paid in full by June 1 to avoid the $50 non-refundable late fee. 
  • ASI accepts checks or credit cards. 

Refund policy

A refund of all fees paid, excluding the registration fee, will be given only if notice of cancellation is received in writing by June 1. Cancellation notices must be sent via email to suzuki@uwsp.edu.  

Registration Day

  • Registration packets containing student schedules, name tags, parking permits, meal tickets and other Institute information will be available in the Noel Fine Arts Center (1800 Portage Street) from Noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday, July 22 and July 29.
  • Residence hall room registration is done at the front desk of your assigned residence hall (check your invoice/statement for your assigned residence hall).
  • The first meal served in the cafeteria is on Sunday from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

 

 ASI Store

  • Sells core materials of the Suzuki method, and a variety of other music-related educational items. 
  • Also carries the institute T-shirt and a wide variety of books, CDs, souvenirs, mementos, apparel, jewelry, and fine gift items. 
  • The ASI store is a fundraising project for the Aber Suzuki Center, the local year-round Suzuki program and sponsor of ASI. 
  • Individuals or parent groups wishing to sell a Suzuki-related item at the store may send samples or pictures, plus a description, to: 

Store Committee 
c/o American Suzuki Institute
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Deadline for samples is June 1.

 

 Child Care - On Campus

   Limited enrollment available Monday-Friday, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm 

  • For children 6 weeks to 12 years old. 
  • Located in the Helen R. Godfrey University Child Learning & Care Center, Delzell Hall (#61 on the campus map). 
  • For rates: www.uwsp.edu/childcare or 715-346-4370

 

 Commuter Amenities

  • Enjoy many lounge areas in or just outside the Noel Fine Arts Center, where many classes take place. 
  • Free lockers (bring your own lock). 
  • Parking on campus – be sure to purchase a parking permit.
  • Meals – special lunch and dinner meal plan created with commuters in mind.
  • Remember to take advantage of all activities – including the many evening concerts. 

 Computer Access

  • Wireless access is available throughout campus. 
  • For those 18 and older, Internet access is available in certain computer labs and kiosks around campus. 
  • Information on hours and locations of computer labs, policies, etc. will be distributed on registration day.  





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     Concert & Recital Series

  • NEW!!!  Honors Recital Requirements for 2018   
    • All students will be chosen by submitted audition videos to perform in ASI Honors Recitals in 2018.  In the past, this was done by ASI faculty during the first day at the Institute but we are experimenting with this new idea.  
    • We have two kinds of solo recitals at ASI--Honors Recitals and Informal Solo Recitals.  The Honors Recitals take place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 4:00 pm.  These performances are the highest level of performance of any student playing at any age, level and on any instrument. The Informal Solo Recitals occur on Thursday night during week one and Wednesday night during week two.  The Informal Recitals feature students who are less polished but have excellent components to their playing.
    • In the past, students were selected to perform in these recitals by the faculty at ASI during the first or second days of the  Institute.  This year, a committee will select students for the Honors Recitals by audition video. You can review the guidelines and deadlines below for further information.
    • Selections for the Informal Recitals will take place during the first two days of the Institute, as has been our custom.  We realize that some students prefer to polish their pieces to the highest level up to the Institute and or would opt not to submit a video for the Honors Recital.  Thus, the committee decided to keep the Informal Recital selection the same as before and to experiment with video auditions for the Honors Recitals for 2018.   
    • In order to be selected to perform on an Honors Recital, students should follow these guidelines:
    1. Audition recordings should be on a DVD or Youtube link (or equivalent) and should be recorded between March 15  and June 22. You can also put the recording onto Dropbox. You should play a piece that demonstrates your finest posture, tone, technique, musical tempo and expression.  This piece will be the one that you would play at the Honors Recital at ASI so you must keep it polished until the institute. 

    2. Piano accompaniment is recommended for string players.  The CD piano accompaniment is acceptable.      

    3. All submissions should be reviewed by the home teacher prior to submission.

    4.  Performances should represent the most polished level, not necessarily the most advanced piece.

    5. Performances should be memorized.

    6.  DVDs will not be returned to the student.  They will be destroyed after the Institute.

    7. The deadline for the submission of the solo recital audition recordings is June 22, 2018.  To confirm your submission of a Youtube or Dropbox audition, please send an email to jjburton33@gmail.com.  You will receive a return confirmation that your video was received.  This process is essential in order for your video to be reviewed.  If you create a DVD, please mail it to:  Jenny Burton, ASI Coordinator, Aber Suzuki Center, UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481.  It should be postmarked May 1, 2018 or earlier.  Please include your email address with your DVD so that you can receive a confirmation that your audition was received. Late recordings will not be considered. 

    8. All applicants will receive an email notice to indicate if they have been selected to perform on an Honors Recital by July 15, 2018.

    9. The decision of the committee is final.  Students who are not chosen to perform on the Honors Recitals can opt to perform their audition piece or another polished piece at their master class at the Institute and might be selected to play on an Informal Recital.

  • Chamber Music Recital 
    • Thursday evening during week two only 
    • Advanced students enrolled in the two-week Chamber Music Program will perform the chamber pieces they have learned and prepared over their two weeks at ASI. 
    • Everyone is welcome to attend the concert.
  • Festival Concerts
    • Festival concerts are large group performances.
    • All students participate in the festival concert for their instrument area.
    • Daily repertoire classes prepare students for the festival concerts.
    • ASI alumni and teacher trainees are invited to participate in the festival concert for their instrument.
    • Check out the Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano, Harp, Flute and Voice repertoire list to know what to prepare.
    • Held throughout the day on Friday. 
    • Recommended attire is “Sunday best”. (No mini-skirts please.) 
    • Piano students must complete their festival concert form and turn it in to their master class (A class) teacher on Monday. 
    • Orchestra classes will perform a mini-concert during the last 15 minutes of their scheduled class period.
  •  Faculty Recital
    • On Tuesday each week ASI faculty will present a recital.
    • This free performance allows students, parents, teachers, and the public to hear the ASI faculty perform. Come listen to the faculty you are working with every day, and be inspired!  
  • Guest Artist Recital      
    • On Monday each week ASI invites one or more guest artists to perform a recital.
    • These artists are usually ASI alumni, teachers, or teacher trainers that have built extensive performing careers, often holding positions with major symphonies around the country, and performing as soloists or chamber musicians frequently. This is one recital you won’t want to miss. To find out more about our guests artists this year, check out the What’s New page.

     Correspondence

    • Email will be the primary form of correspondence for ASI.
    • Mail sent to participants should be mailed to: ASI, UW-Stevens Point, 1800 Portage Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481.
    • Please add suzuki@uwsp.edu to your contact list to ensure that you receive our communications.


     Home Studio Community-Building Program

    It is transforming 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. Bringing many students from your home studio to ASI is a great opportunity to build community and camaraderie in your studio.

    • Send applications from your studio in one envelope and be housed in the same wing.

     

     Housing

    Institute housing is typical university residence halls with communal restrooms and kitchens 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.
    • University Residence Hall 
      • Fees: 
        • 1 adult and 1 youth: $282 per week 
        • 2 adults: $312 per week 
        • 2 youths: $252 per week 
        • 1 adult: $210 per week 
        • 1 youth: $180 per week 
      • Refrigerator rental: $30 per week 
      • There are no housing fees for children two and under. 
      • Fire regulations mandate that maximum of two people over the age of two be assigned to a room. 
      • Families requiring more than one room will be housed next door or across the hall from each other.
      • Groups requesting to be housed together must send application together in one envelope. 
      • Residence halls are located on the UWSP campus within walking distance of classroom buildings. 
      • Check-in begins at noon on Sunday. 
      • Check-out is by noon on Saturday. 
      • Linens are provided (pillow with case, bedspread, fitted and top sheet, bath towel, and face towel). 
      • Tobacco use is prohibited on campus. 
      • No pets (other than service dogs) are allowed in the residence halls. 
      • A public telephone is available in the lobby of each hall. Rooms do not have active telephone lines, and the phone at the front desk is not for public use. 
      • See a complete list of dorm rules, regulations, and additional information

      • Teen Dorm:
        • Teen dorm fee is $375 per week.
        • Open to students age 13-18, attending one or two weeks.  Early arrival is not permitted. 
        • Fee includes:
          • meals, lodging, special planned activities, and
            full-time supervision by resident counselors.
        • Resident counselors are on-call 24 hours a day to ensure a safe and supportive environment.
        • In addition to the normal Institute activities, the American Suzuki Institute sponsors an opening night mixer, a pizza party and a dance each week for the teens.
        • Teen Dorm residents who stay for both weeks of the Institute spend Saturday afternoon and evening in supervised recreational activities.
        • One week Teen Dorm residents wishing to participate in the Saturday teen activities will be assessed a $30 activity fee.
        • All teens participating in Institute-sponsored teen activities must be housed in the Teen Dorm and will be assigned a roommate.
        • Meal tickets are required and are included in the housing cost.
        • The Teen Dorm residents are under the supervision of the Institute, and residents are expected to abide by the established regulations and code of conduct, even if a parent is on campus.
        • The Istitute reserves the right to remove any student from the Teen Dorm who fails to do so.
        • All forms required to be completed for each Teen Dorm resident will be emailed to you the first week of June, and must be completed and returned to us by June 29


    • Early Arrivals 
      • Early arrival is not permitted for the Teen Dorm, but is allowed for all other residence halls. 
      • Early arrivals will only be accepted with advance notice. 
      • Early check-in (Saturday after 2pm) is available for an additional fee 
        • Adult: $35/night 
        • Youth: $30/night
      • If you plan to arrive on Saturday, you must check into Baldwin Hall to receive your room key. 
    • Hotels and other lodging options
      For those wishing to stay off campus, several facilities are located near the University. Any hotel with a Division Street address is within walking distance of the campus.
    • Visit the Stevens Point Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for more lodging, camping, and area information.


     Instrument Rental

     

  • ASI does not have rentals available. 
  • UWSP has some basses and cellos available for students or teacher training participants on a first come first serve basis. Contact the Suzuki office if you need to use a bass or cello for a teacher training course.
  • UWSP has some harps available for teacher training course participants only, please call for details. 
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     Meals

    Meals will be in the Dreyfus University Center (DUC) food court.
    • Full Meal Plan (17 meals)
      • Covers Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast 
      • $115 per week (age 3 and older)
    • Lunch & Dinner Meal Plan (10 meals)
      • Covers lunch and dinner Monday-Friday. 
      • $76 per week (age 3 and older)
    • Cash and credit cards are always accepted in the Food Court during regular meal times.
    • Children under three are not charged for meals. 
    • No refund will be issued for unused portions on either meal plan. 
    • No meal tickets will be sold after Sunday’s registration. 
    • There is a grocery store as well as several fast food and family restaurants within walking distance of campus.
    • There are a limited number of dormitory style refrigerators available for $30.
    • One kitchen is available on each dormitory floor.

     Parking and Transportation

    • Getting to the Institute 
      • Airport & Cab Service
        The commercial airport closest to UWSP is the Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA). CWA is located just off I-39, approximately 20 miles north of Stevens Point, in the town of Wausau/Mosinee.

        Several rental car agencies are located at the airport. Cab service is available from CWA to UWSP, and we suggest you make arrangements prior to arriving in Central Wisconsin. Check the CWA website for more information. 
    • Driving Directions

    • Arrival and Departure information 
      • Plan to arrive at the Noel Fine Arts Center on the UWSP campus between noon and 5pm on Sunday 
      • Classes conclude Friday at 4pm 
      • Festival Concerts conclude Friday evening 
      • Dorm check-out is Saturday before noon
         
    • UWSP campus parking
      Those driving to Stevens Point and housed in UWSP dormitories must purchase a parking permit, which is valid only in the lots assigned to us by UWSP – no overnight street parking is permitted. Those commuting to campus are strongly advised to purchase a parking permit because daytime street parking and metered parking spaces are limited.
    • Parking pass: $20 per week 
    • Getting around campus and town 
      • Everything on the UWSP campus is walking distance from the residence halls and classroom buildings 
      • Several restaurants and shops, including those in downtown, are walking distance from campus
      • Downtown is about 1 mile from campus. 
      • Taxi services: Courtesy cab (715) 342-8863

     

     Parent Responsibility

  • 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.

  •  Practice Rooms

     

  • Practice rooms are available on the third floor of the Noel Fine Arts Center for students to prepare for your next day's lessons 
  • You may also practice in your dorm room or in the open air until 9pm 
  • Pianists in Book 4 and above have the option to practice on a grand piano. Please pick up a key in the Suzuki office.
  • After 9pm, practice is permitted ONLY in the Noel Fine Arts Center practice rooms

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     Recreation

     

  • During free time, there are many opportunities for recreation both on and off campus, with  
    fellow ASI families, or on your own. 
  • On campus facilities for jogging, tennis, and softball 
  • On campus cardio center and indoor pool available for a fee 
  • On campus rentals of bikes, canoes, or kayaks at Outdoor EdVentures
  • Talk to the nearby outdoor City Pool or indoor YMCA pool (fees apply)
  • Take advantage of the many parks, lakes, and rivers located nearby 
  • Check out the Stevens Point Area Visitor’s Bureau for more information on area attractions and events 
  • Take advantage of activities arranged especially for you by ASI 
  • Wednesday afternoon will feature special activities arranged just for you. Check back later for more specific details.

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     Schedule

    Sunday

    ​12:00 noon - 5:00 pm ​Registration - Pick up schedules and general information packets
    ​6:15 pm ​Short Term Teacher Training Course Orientation
    7:00 pm Welcome Ceremony
    7:30 pm Instrument Specific Play-ins
    ​8:15 pm ​ASI Mixer

    Monday through Thursday

    8:00 am - 11:00 am Classes per individual schedules
    ​11:00 am - 12:00 noon ​Optional enrichment classes for students and free lectures for parents and teachers
    ​1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ​Classes per individual schedules
    ​4:00 pm ​Honor recitals, announcements (Except Wednesday)

    Friday

    8:00 am - 11:00 am Classes per individual schedules
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Classes per individual schedules
     

      Friday Festival Concerts  

    Week 1 Week 2​

    ​11:15 am - Harp and Viola
      ​4:15 pm - Cello and Bass
    ​7:00 pm - Violin and SECE ​7:00 pm - Violin and SECE
    ​TBA - Piano Ensembles ​TBA - Piano Ensembles
    ​TBA - Piano ​TBA - Piano
    ​TBA - Flute

    ​Evening Concerts 7:00​

    ​Week 1 ​Week 2
    ​Monday  - Brian Lewis, Violin
                     and Molly Roseman, Piano
    ​Monday – Bridget Kibbey, Harp                   
                    
    ​Tuesday – Faculty Recital ​Tuesday – Faculty Recital
    ​Wednesday – Free Time ​Wednesday – Free Time (4:00-6:00) & Informal Recitals (6:30) & Talent Show (7:30)

    ​Thursday – Informal recital (6:15) & Talent Show

    ​Thursday- (7:00 pm) Chamber Music Student Orchestra Concert & Ensemble Performances

    Saturday


    12:00 pm


    Residence Hall check out deadline
    No classes scheduled on Saturday.

     Talent Show

  • Non-musical acts are welcomed and encouraged.
  • Specific audition information will be included in your registration packet.
  • Acts should be appropriate for a general audience.
  • Auditions are required and will take place on Tuesday. 
  • All are welcome to audition – students, parents, teacher trainees, and faculty. 
  • Talent show will be held on Thursday evening during the first session and Wednesday evening during the second session. 
  • This is a great way for students, parents, and teachers to relax, unwind, and have some fun.
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