Dr. Suzuki taught that each piece requires three phases of learning:
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.
Jennifer Burton teaches violin and viola and is the coach of the Troubadours violin ensemble at ASC. She also teaches the weekly violin group classes for students in books 1-4.