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.
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.