Student Classes/Resources

Come back after January 1, 2019 for updated information for ASI 2019.

Dates: July 21 - August 3, 2019


Enrollment is open to violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, flute 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 22 - August 4) violin, piano, Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE), and Advaced  Strings and Piano Chamber Music Program
  • Week One Only (July 22-28)  flute
  • Week Two Only (July 29 - August 4) viola, cello, bass, harp  and One Week Chamber Music Program (see New Expanded Levels).
  • 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 here 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 here 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) for an additional $55 (total $550 tuition).

 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 - "The Journey to Julliard: How I got There and What It's Like to Study There"   Brian Lewis
  • Week 2 - "Musical Avenues after High School"  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). 

 

 ASI Honors Recitals

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.   

 Audition Guidelines for the Honors Recitals 

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 now 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 June 22, 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 1, 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 in order to be considered for participation in an Informal Recital.   

 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.  We will update enrollment openings on the website. All classes cost $60.  The Music Theory for Teens class has an additional $10 fee for a workbook.

Dalcroze (all instruments, age 7-12, mid- Book 1+) There is no prior experience needed to participate in this class.  The teacher will be Barbara Beechey, a trained Dalcroze Specialist who teaches viola at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.  Dr. Beechey has degrees in Viola Performance from Miami University, Peabody Conservatory of Music and from the University of Madison. 

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.  Mrs. Thomas grew up in Japan and moved to Stevens Point, where she has lived for 40 years 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 the past 20 years. 

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.

Rock Music for Suzuki Students  (all string students, all ages, in Suzuki Book 3 and above) The class will be taught by Avi Friedlander, Suzuki cello ASI Faculty from Alabama and Chicago.  In this introductory class, Avi Friedlander will explore the joys of both Rock and Classical styles in his "Rock" interpretations of traditional Suzuki Material and Classic Rock Music. Mr. Friedlander, who has played  in numerous bands over the years, will share some of his tricks in writing his own rock arrangements. Week Two Only

Music Theory for Teens (age 13+, all instruments) will be taught 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! 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.

Improvisation for String Students (Suzuki Book 2 and above) will be taught by Dr. Tim Mutschlecner, cello teacher at the Aber Suzuki Center and is on the ASI faculty.  Students can play any stringed instrument and must be in Suzuki book 2 and beyond.  No reading or prior improvisation experience is necessary.  The class will explore ear training, music theory, and melodic and rhythmic variations to create music.

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.  Students who enroll in the class will receive a certificate at the end of the week.

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 in improvisation is necessary.  The class will be given at 5:00-5:45 pm to enable the students in the Chamber Music Program to enroll.

Improvisation for Cellists (Cello, Book 3+) will be taught during the first week by Dr. Tim Mutschlecner and by Peter Thomas, cellist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, during the second week. This class will be held at 5:00-5:45 pm to enable students in the Chamber Music Program to enroll.

Relaxation Exercises for Musicians (all instruments, age 11 through adult).  If you would like to find ways to relax and focus, this class is for you. The class includes a meditation component, followed by relaxation and focusing exercises and stretches.  Students will also learn some relaxation techniques while playing or singing. In addition to helping students unwind at the end of a busy day, the class's primary focus is on injury prevention. The class will be taught by Dr. Merietta Oviatt, violist on the Aber Suzuki Center faculty and a member of the ASI faculty.  The class will be held at 5:00-5:45 to enable 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: $125
  • 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 $190. 
 

 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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