Student Classes/Resources


Enrollment is open to violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, flute, voice and harp students of all levels who currently study with a teacher who uses the Suzuki method and materials. Each student should review the entire Suzuki repertoire up to and including the current piece for his/her playing level. Be prepared to play your polished piece for your master class teacher at your first lesson. The teacher can readily assess the student's need by hearing a technically and musically mature piece.
  • Both Weeks (July 21 - August 3) violin, piano, Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE), and Advaced  Strings and Piano Chamber Music Program
  • Week One Only (July 21-27)  flute
  • Week Two Only (July 28 - August 3) viola, cello, bass, harp voice  and One Week Chamber Music Program
  • Cellists should bring a rock stop and small chair (if needed).            
  • Pianists and harpists should bring seat boosters or adjustable benches and footstools for their personal use. UWSP provides non-adjustable benches for most pianos.
  • The student program is a family experience.
  • For young children, it is ideal to have one adult for each child enrolled.
  • All students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult, with the exception of students age thirteen and older who elect to stay in the Teen Dorm.
  • In order to get the complete Institute experience, it is recommended that families make the commitment to be available for the many activities that occur throughout the day and into the evening.

 No lesson experience (week 1 - violin)

  • Students must be at least 3 years old.
  • Parent and child must attend all classes together.
  • 15 hours of instruction per week 
  • $425 tuition fee per week 
  • Students should be listening to the Suzuki recordings several weeks prior to ASI. 
  • It is suggested that you make arrangements for continued study at home prior to attending ASI. 
A small number of violin students with no experience may enroll to begin their study at the Institute. Their daily schedule will include individual (A class) and small group (B class) lessons in classes of not more than five students, and a music and movement class (C class). 
 

 Pre-twinkle

  • Students currently studying any instrument, but not yet playing all Twinkle variations up to tempo and without stops. 
  • Parent and child must attend all classes together.
  • 15 hours of instruction per week 
  • $425 tuition fee per week 
  • Daily class schedule includes master class (A Class), small group instruction (B Class), and a music and movement class (C class).

 Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE)

  • For children ages 0-4 
  • Parent and child must attend all classes together. 
  • $100 tuition fee per week, includes CD, songbook, and five classes. Subtract $25 if you already own the CD and songbook. 
  • Pre-registration required – no walk-ins. 
  • Class will not conflict with sibling’s master class (A Class). 
    • For siblings of enrolled students, the Suzuki Early Childhood Education Class provides an opportunity for siblings (ages 0-4) of participants and their parents to interact as they learn nursery rhymes and songs, move to music, learn counting skills and enjoy story time.
    • Children learn to cooperate socially with other early learners as they take turns, share toys and help with class routines.
    • Parents learn to observe their child’s growth, the natural stages of child development and how to structure a positive, nurturing learning environment.
    • Class will be scheduled Monday-Friday.

 Books 1-2

 
  • 15 hours of instruction per week 
  • $425 tuition fee per week
  • Daily class schedule includes a master class (A Class), technique/musicianship class (B Class), and repertoire class (C class).
  • NEW optional electives will be offered at 11:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday - Thursday.  These classes will be held during the parent lectures to give students a rich musical experience. Tuition is $60.

 

 

 Books 3-5

20 hours of instruction per week 

$465 tuition fee per week 

Daily class schedule includes a master class (A Class), technique/musicianship class (B Class), repertoire class (C class), and string orchestra class or duet class (D class).

  • Orchestra music for string players will be provided at the first rehearsal.
  • Piano,  harp, and  voice students will select a duet with the help of their home teacher.  
  • Click to view a list of duets for your instrument:
  • Students are expected to purchase and learn the appropriate duet piece(s) before arriving at ASI
  • NEW optional electives will be offered at 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.  These classes will be held during the parent lectures to give students a rich musical experience. Tuition is $60.
                           

 Books 6 & Up

  • 20 hours of instruction per week 
  • Guarantee of no more than 3 people per master class (A Class). 
  • $495 tuition fee per week 
  • NEW optional electives will be offered at 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.  These classes will be held during the parent lectures to give students a rich musical experience. Tuition is $60.
  • Daily class schedule includes a master class (A Class), technique/musicianship class (B Class), repertoire class (C class), and string orchestra class or duet class (D class).
  • Orchestra music for string players will be provided at the first rehearsal.
  • Piano, guitar, and harp students will select a duet with the help of their home teacher.
  • Click to view a list of duets for your instrument:
  • Students are expected to purchase and learn the appropriate duet piece(s) before arriving at ASI.
  • Optional One-Week Chamber Music Classes will be offered during the second week of camp (July 29-Aug 4)

 Chamber Music Program

 
The ASI Chamber Music Program is a two-week intensive experience for the advanced string and piano student. Those who enroll in this program need to have well-developed music reading skills and experience maintaining rhythmic independence. Pre-formed chamber ensembles are allowed with the consent of the student’s home teacher and permission of the Institute Director.
 
NEW! This year we are offering a one-week Chamber Music Program!  See below for program requirements.
 
                     
Only enough personnel to fill 12 ensembles will be accepted on a first come first serve basis 

Daily class schedule includes a 3-person master class (A Class), Tone/Technique/Orchestra sectionals (B Class), repertoire class (C Class), string orchestra class or duet class (D Class), and chamber ensemble coachings

All applicants must complete the Chamber Music Program Assessment Form and submit a placement video, with the help of your home teacher. These materials must be submitted by June 8. 

Special Chamber Music Seminars:

  • Week 1 - Carol Dallinger
  • Week 2 - Linc Smelser

Program requirements: Two Week Chamber Camp - $950

  • violinists – Book 7 - Bach a minor Concerto, Mvt 1 and above 
  • violists – Telemann Concerto (Book 4) level and above
  • cellists – Book 5 and above 
  • pianists – beyond the Suzuki repertoire 
  • double bass – based upon teacher recommendation 

Program requirements: One Week Chamber Program - $550

  • violinists - Book 6 and above and can read fluently in first, second and third positions and up to three sharps and flats
  • violists - Book 4 and above and can read at least first, second and third positions and up to three sharps and flats
  • cellists - Book 3 and above and can read at least first, second and third positions and up to three sharps and flats
  • pianists - Book 6 and above with excellent reading skills.           
Placement video requirement
  • The placement video is not an audition, and will not be used to determine acceptance to the chamber music program.
  • All chamber music applicants are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis until spots are filled.
  • The placement video is a tool to ensure applicants are placed in an ensemble with other students of a similar playing level.
  • A placement video will allow ASI faculty to more quickly and easily assess and address the strengths and areas for improvement in each ensemble, in order to maximize all students' enjoyment and learning experience. 
  • Required to be submitted with your Chamber Music Program Assessment Form by June 8. 
  • Should be a YouTube link (or equivalent). 
  • Submissions should include one piece of music – title of the piece should be included on your YouTube video as well as your name.
  • Music does not need to be memorized. 
  • Piano accompaniment is recommended for string players. 
  • All submissions should be reviewed by the home teacher prior to submission. 
  • Performances should reflect the home teacher’s highest expectation for the student. 

The Chamber Music Student Orchestras will perform in concert Thursday evening of the second week. Suggested attire is a white top and black bottom (no mini-skirts please). Chamber Music Students must bring music stands (label all parts). 

 

 Electives

These courses will be offered Monday through Thursday at 11:00-11:50 am in the Noel Fine Arts Center unless specified.  Class sizes will vary between 15 and 25, depending on the class.  Enrollment will be open on a first-come, first-served basis.  All classes cost $60.  The Music Theory for Teens class has an additional $10 fee.

NEW!  Boogie with Bach (all instruments, ages 4-8, mid-Book 1+).  Experience the joyful and historical perspective of dances from Bach's time, the Baroque Period.  Pamela Luedtke and members from the Point Dance Ensemble will demonstrate the dance patterns along with imaginative scenarios and attire that people wore at that time.  No prior dance experience is necessary.  The teacher will be Pamela Luedtke, who teaches on the Dance Faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  

NEW!  Theory Games for Ages 4-9 (all instruments, ages 4-9, mid Book 1+).  Have fun exploring the fundamentals of music—pitch, rhythm, dynamics, notation and musical forms—with Ethel Fang, a popular Suzuki piano teacher from our ASI faculty.

NEW!  Movie Themes for String Orchestra (for students who are enrolled in any string orchestra class at ASI or in an orchestra at home) will be taught both weeks by Dr. Tim Mutschlecner, cello teacher at the Aber Suzuki Center and is on the ASI faculty. 

Origami (all instruments and parents, age 7-adult) is an ancient Japanese art form where students will learn how to create shapes by folding paper. The class will be taught by Mrs. Mary Thomas, who grew up in Japan.  She has lived for 40 years in Stevens Point and has served as a church organist and has a piano studio.  Mary has taught Origami classes at the College Days for Kids at UW-SP for two decades.

Fiddling for Violinists and Violists (violin and viola students who can play in G Major, ages 7-15).  The level goes from Etude in Suzuki Book 1 through Suzuki Book 4.   More advanced players will be given more challenging parts to play with the lesser advanced students.  The teacher will be Lisa Deakins, who worked professionally for country singer Pam Tillis and Grand Ole Opry legend Whisperin' Bill Anderson.  Mrs. Deakins is from South Carolina and is also on the ASI faculty.

Music Theory for Teens (age 13+, all instruments) will be taught week 2 ONLY by Ann Marie Novak, Interim Director of Suzuki Programs at UWSP, and piano faculty of the Aber Suzuki Center and ASI.  If you play any instrument or sing and you want to improve your reading skills or enhance your understanding of the music you are studying, then Music Theory for Teens is for YOU! Teachers and parents are also invited to enroll if space allows.  There is no minimum book level required; students need to have at least two years of vocal or instrumental study and be able to read music.  Additional $10 fee for a theory workbook required for the class.

Taekwondo (all instruments, age 6-10) is a classic martial art. No prior experience is necessary.  The class will be taught by Master Steve Decker who has a 5th Degree Kukkiwon Black Belt and has taught Taekwondo in Stevens Point for 20 years.  He is also the President of the Wisconsin Taekwondo Association and is the Staff Coach for the US National Team.  Certificates will be given to all enrollees.

Improvisation for Violinists and Violists (Violin and Viola Books 5+) will be taught by Randall Harrison, a violinist and Jazz artist from Madison who is on the ASI faculty.  The class will use Suzuki repertoire and games to help students "think outside the box."  Students will explore music theory, composition, sound effects and harmonic and melodic structures to invent their own pieces.  No prior experience is needed.  The class will be given at 5:00-5:45 pm to enable the students in the Chamber Music Program to enroll.

 

 Parent Programs

Parent participation is essential to the success of the Suzuki Method, and the American Suzuki Institute has planned various activities to help parents fulfill their role. Parents attend lessons with their children and help them prepare for the next day’s classes.

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. All students and other children must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult during the Institute.
 
  • Free lectures: 
    • Scheduled Monday-Thursday at 11:05am and 5:05pm to coincide with the student electives.
    • Topics may include Suzuki Philosophy, communication, parent-child interaction, goals, early childhood development, working with teenagers, and instrumental techniques and musicianship. 
    • You will receive a schedule of lectures upon check-in.
 
  • Every Child Can!
    This course is an introduction to Dr. Suzuki’s Philosophy and its application to Suzuki education. It provides an inspiring in-depth look at the Suzuki approach.
    • Advance registration is required 
    • 6-hour course being offered Sunday, July 22, 9:00 am-noon and 2:00-5:00 pm
    • Class fee: $130
  • Stringed Instrument Repairs "Close Up"
    • Luthier Dalton Potter will offer a 6 hour seminar that shows how to do repairs for violin, viola, cello and bass. He will explain how stringed instruments are constructed, show how to select and care for them, and will give registrants hands-on experience with some repairs. Parents, advanced students and teachers can enroll in the course and are encouraged to bring their instruments for close examination and potential repair during the class.  The class will be held Monday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am to noon. Tuition is $200. 
 

 Institute Observer

  • Parents/guardians of enrolled students may observe any student classes for free. 
  • Any adult who is not a parent/guardian of an enrolled student or enrolled in a teacher training course must register as an observer. 
  • Observation fee: $200 per week or $40 per day. No registration fee required. 
     
 
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