Student Classes/Resources

Enrollment is open to violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, 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 needs by hearing a technically and musically mature piece.

  • Both Weeks (July 18-24 and/or July 25-31) violin, voice.
  • Week One Only (July 18-24) piano 
  • Week Two Only (July 25-31) viola, cello, bass, harp, and Advanced Strings and Piano Chamber Music Program.
  • The student program is a family experience. Parents are expected to be in attendance in the virtual environment to the same degree as in an in-person Institute.
  • For young children, it is ideal to have one adult for each child enrolled.
  • 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.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 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 
  • $440 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.
  • 10 hours of instruction per week 
  • $350 tuition fee per week 
  • Daily class schedule includes master class (A Class), and a small group instruction (B Class)
  • The hours and tuition are reduced this year to allow for less screen time for the younger children.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 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 1-3

  • 10 hours of instruction per week 
  • $350 tuition fee per week
  • Daily class schedule includes a master class (A Class), and a technique/repertoire class, (The hours and tuition are reduced this year to allow for less screen time for the younger children).
  • 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 for an elective is $75.

 



 Books 4-5

  • 15  hours of instruction per week
  • $460 tuition fee per week
  • Daily class schedule includes a master class (A Class), technique/repertoire class (B Class), and our brand new "Creative U!"

  • Creative U! will unlock the creativity inside. Dr. Ching-chu Hu and Derek Deakins will be providing an exciting experience for our students in Books 4 and above. The class is described as follows:

    "In this class, you will create your own music through the exploration of the Suzuki repertoire, Music Theory, and your own creative energies. With you, your instrument, and/or your technological know-how, we will create a work of music this week." 
  • 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 $75. 

 Books 6 & Up

  • 15 hours of instruction per week 
  • Guarantee of no more than 3 people per master class (A Class). 
  • $500 tuition fee per week 
  • Optional electives will be offered at 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.  These classes will be held during the parent lectures to give everyone a rich musical experience. Tuition is $75.
  • Daily class schedule includes a master class (A Class), technique/repertoire class (B Class), and Creative U
  • Creative U! will unlock the creativity inside. Dr. Ching-chu Hu and Derek Deakins will be providing an exciting experience for our students in Books 4 and above. The class is described as follows:
"In this class, you will create your own music through the exploration of the Suzuki repertoire, Music Theory, and your own creative energies. With you, your instrument, and/or your technological know-how, we will create a work of music this week." 
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  •  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 $75. 

 Suzuki Voice - New!


Suzuki Voice will be offered to students for the first time at ASI in 2021. 

  • 10 hours of instruction
  • Students will each receive a 4-person A-class (Masterclass) and a special B class.
  • The B Class is titled, "Songs and Rhythms of Brazil," and will be taught by Ludmilla de Carvalho
  • Cost: $350 per week.


 Special Piano Festival

The Adventures of Penelope the Piano-Playing Penguin

In our Jubilee Year, our Piano Festival Concert will celebrate the adventures of a penguin who makes her way from Antarctica to New York City to make her recital debut. More information below:

What:  As part of the 2021 ASI piano festival concert, we will take your submissions of polished pieces and drawings of penguins and weave them into a delightful presentation for narrator and musicians. Those of you who participated last year will remember the adventures of Tupman the Turtle.

To Participate:  
  • Register to be a part of ASI, 
  • Complete the ASI Piano Festival Form
  • Submit a recording of your polished piece (instructions for recording here) to this link. 
  • You may also submit  a drawing of a penguin, or of yourself as a penguin (an avatar of sorts – If you have curly hair, draw a penguin with curly hair, if you wear glasses, draw a penguin with glasses to the same link. Remember: the drawing part is OPTIONAL)
  • Submission deadline: June 29, 2021


 Chamber Music Program

Chamber Music 2021 Will be in Person!

July 25-31, 2021


Due to COVID protocols and restrictions, we will be limiting the program to 40 participants and only one week. UWSP protocols and additional health requirements will be available in April. COVID testing and daily symptom screening will be required. Please check back for more information and updated forms. 

Chamber 2021 will be the same high-level, intensive experience as the usual two-week program. Pianists and all string players are welcomed, and we encourage you to claim your spot early in April.

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 Chamber Music Coordinator.
 
Only enough personnel to fill 10 ensembles will be accepted on a first-come-first-served 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:

  •  Seminar titles forthcoming (April)

Program requirements: Chamber 2021 - $565

  • 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 
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 and as a part of the Jubilee Orchestra. Suggested attire is a white top and black bottom (no mini-skirts please). All Chamber Music Students must bring music stands (label all parts). 

 

 Electives

 

2021 ELECTIVES 

These courses will be offered Monday through Thursday at 11:00-11:50 am unless otherwise noted.  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 $75. 

NEW! - Kid's Yoga: Musical Time Travel Join us for children’s yoga stories and music, featuring famous composers from throughout music history. No prior experience required, please have a yoga mat to use for class. (Ages 5-12). Taught by Alyssa Hardie Beckmann.

NEW! - Yoga for Teens (5:00-5:50 pm): Yoga classes will include stretching, breathing and strengthening exercises to focus the mind and body, with particular emphasis on preventing injuries in our musical performance practice. No prior experience required, please have a yoga mat to use for class (Ages 13-18). Taught by Alyssa Hardie Beckmann.

NEW! - Kitchen Percussion: Join Chris Clemente for Kitchen Percussion. Make your own musical instruments from things found around your home to approach dynamics, pitch, and tempo using fun games and exercises. Learn basic musical concepts through songs and movement and relate rhythm to wordplay, syllables, and pictures. Get ready to dance and have fun! (all students, through age 11). Items needed for Kitchen Percussion: 

  • Used clean containers such as soda cans, plastic water/sport drink bottles, pringles, coffee containers, cookie cans, etc.  
  • Uncooked rice, beans, etc (uncooked). 
  • Tape. 
  • Scissors
  • Sheet of paper. 
  • Funnels if available. 

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 class will be taught by 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.

NEW! - Fiddling for Violas and Cellos:  You don't have to play violin to fiddle! Viola and cello students will join fiddler Derek Deakins as they learn fiddle tunes with bluesy licks and have a lot of fun! The class will also include components of bluegrass history, characteristics of fiddle music, and much more! Suzuki students are natural fiddlers, and there is something for everyone in this class, from beginning fiddlers to seasoned players. Fiddling is open to violists and cellists currently working on Etude or above at the time of registration.

NEW! - Meet the Composers!: Composers of past and present have combined a simple set of notes and rhythms in new and interesting ways to create millions of unique compositions. In Meet the Composers, we will learn about some of these composers and their works, as well as the musical tools with which they create.  Using our bodies, voices, and instruments will explore these same musical tools so that we can join the ranks of composers and create our own new music!  (All instruments, Books 1-3). Taught by Mary Moran and Rachel Fabulich.

Taekwondo is an exciting sport and the fastest-growing martial art in the world.  Master Steve Decker will be leading an awesome opportunity to learn some basic Taekwondo skills and show you the martial art he has practiced and lived for over 20 years. For all instruments and (Ages 6-10). No prior experience is necessary. Certificates will be given to all enrollees.

NEW! Music Gameshow Extravaganza! - Ready to test your music knowledge by participating in game shows? Join Mary Hofer, Kirby Kay, Ann Marie Novak and Laura Shaw for games such as Jeopardy, Kahoots, and So You Want to Be a Millionaire? Depending on class size, groups may be divided up into teams for cooperative play and age/level distribution. Basic understanding of notation and musical terms required. (All instruments, ages 7 and above).

 

 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 11:05 am and 5:05 pm 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.
  • Parent Coffee Hours are Back!
    • Parent Coffee Hours were such a hit during ASI at Home, that we have decided to create a tradition.
    • Coffee hours will take place at 8:00 am (CDT) M-F, during both weeks of the Institute
    • A different faculty member will facilitate discussion each day.
  • 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 
    • The 2-day, 8-hour course is being offered Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm.
    • Class fee: $150

 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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