​Why ASI?

The American Suzuki Institute is a family-oriented Suzuki music summer program held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. The Institute offers a rich curriculum taught by an outstanding  faculty (link to faculty page) and a variety of electives to spark the imagination. Founded in 1971, ASI  boasts the longest-running history of any summer institute outside of Japan. The Institute is the model of excellence for other institutes around the world. It truly is an "Original." 

ASI offers a nurturing and magical music immersion experience for all participants, complete with the highest quality instruction, fun extra-curricular activities, and a nurturing, welcoming community of friends, mentors, and colleagues guaranteed to leave you inspired and refreshed. 

But ASI has another side as well. The campus is nestled between the shores of the Wisconsin River and the world class SentryWorld Golf Course. Every member of the family can find something that interests them, from the green circle hiking and biking trail, to the sculpture park and the Farmers' Market. For a more information on things to do in Stevens Point, go to the Stevens Point Visitors and Convention Bureau. You can also look at our Recreation page to find more details about local activities. 


For more information, please contact us at:
suzuki@uwsp.edu  or  715-346-3033.

​The Role of Recitals at an Institute   

by Pat D'Ercole  

Dr. Suzuki taught that each piece requires three phases of learning: 

  1. The introduction of the particular techniques that a piece uses 

The fluency phase when students can play the correct rhythms, fingerings, bowings and other techniques and 

The artistic phase.  This is the stage when the mechanics of the piece are so habitual that the performer can communicate a mood, character or feeling through the music.  These are the performances that speak to the audience's heart.  It is like the piece has had time to get better over time.  Thus, an artistic level can take up to one or two years to attain, often when the student is well into the next book. 
True artists are hardly ever satisfied.  They are always trying to improve and are reaching for the next level of playing.  This is why professional performers never perform their newest piece in a large concert hall in a big city in front of music critics.  Instead, they hone their piece in smaller venues until the piece becomes easy and artistic.   

That's why you attend an Institute--to learn how to get to the next level.  What better way to learn how to reach the  artistic phase than to have five consecutive lessons with a Master Teacher?!    Occasionally, students will play at a very high level during their Master Class on the first days of the Institute.  These are the students who will perform on either the Honors Recital or the Informal Recitals.   

Dr. Suzuki was a firm believer in the power of the environment to bring about greatness.  Institutes are a perfect way to see this power in action.  One can see students improve over the course of a week in a Master Class and can witness high level performances at the student recitals.  The joy is in the journey, not whether one is chosen to play on a recital.  Our goal is for each student to leave ASI with the tools and motivation to be a more artistic player than when they arrived.  

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