What's New?

ASI has the longest and richest history of any Summer Institute in the US. Families return year after year for the excellent faculty, the marvelous parent lectures, and the beautiful and peaceful surroundings.  While the traditions and core of the program run deep, we also have several new and exciting things at ASI this year.

Daily Announcements during ASI

Electives are fun ways to spend an hour a day. Each student is invited to sign up for one elective for the week. The classes will meet Monday-Thursday. Click on the What's New for Students  tab below to read about the 2019 Electives.

Check out some of our special new and returning programs for ASI 2019 by clicking on an item in the list below.

  • Optional seminars for teachers to learn and share information and ideas
  • 5:00-6:00 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, July 18, 19 and 21.
  • Teaching Violin Group Classes presented by Terry Durbin
    • Monday:  Group lesson design: structure, frequency, length, levels/ages included 
    • Tuesday: Generating group ideas and developing a curriculum for the semester.  What are the teaching points and how to adapt them to group class 
    • Thursday: Neuroscience, engaging the child, games, fun, and class management techniques
  • Violins required  
  • Free, no registration required

 Guest Artists



Monday, July 22, 2019

Gabriel Kitayama-Bolkosky - Violinist



Mikaela Schnieder - Vocalist



Melissa Zindel - Collaborative Pianist

Monday, July 29, 2019





Elliott Cheney - Cellist


Carey Cheney - Cellist




Melissa Zindel - Collaborative Pianist



 What's New For Everyone


Receive $50 tuition reduction for each new ASI family that you refer!

 What's New For Students


These courses will be offered Monday through Thursday at 11:00-11:50 am in the Noel Fine Arts Center.  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. 

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, mid Book 1+).  Have fun exploring the fundamentals of music—pitch, rhythm, dynamics, notation and musical forms. This class will be taught by Ethel Fang, a member of the ASI piano 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 offered both weeks by Dr. Tim Mutschlecner, a member of the cello faculty at both ASC and ASI. 

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 Mary Thomas, who grew up in Japan.  She has served as a church organist and has a piano studio in her home. 

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

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.

 What's New For Teachers

  • Harp Practicum taught by Delaine Fedson 
  • Piano Book 3 taught by Annette Lee
  • Flute Unit 1 taught by Meret Bitticks
  • Overview Cello Unit 1- 3 taught by Carey Cheney
  • Supplementary Cello Literature for Books 1-3  facilitated by Carey Cheney
  • Suzuki in the Schools - Level 1 taught by Winifred Crock
  • Teaching Strategies for Violin facilitated by Pat D'Ercole (enrichment)
  • Bass Book 5 taught by Virginia Dixon
  • Supplementary Literature for Violin Books 4-6  taught by Alice Joy Lewis
  • Overview of Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Violin facilitated by Brian Lewis (enrichment)
  • Take 2 unit courses and save $40
  • Take an enrichment course the same week as a Unit or Supplemental course and save $25 on the enrichment course

 For Parents and Children not Attending Classes

Central Wisconsin is a popular vacation destination with lots of great attractions! But you don’t need to leave campus to engage in interesting activities. Check this page for more information!

 Wednesday Free Time

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