ASI 2022: In-Person

July 17-23 and July 24-30

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Student Classes/Resources

Enrollment is open to violin, viola, cello, bass, piano 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 17-23 and/or July 24-30) violin, Advanced Chamber Music, SECE
  • Week One Only (July 17-23) piano
  • Week Two Only (July 24-30) viola, cello, bass, harp, and One-week 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. We also encourage grandparent participation.
  • 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). 


  • 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 
  • $445 tuition fee per week 
  • Daily class schedule includes master class (A Class), small group instruction (B Class) and larger group instruction (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

  • Students in Bks 1-2 receive 15 hours of instruction per week 
  • $485 tuition fee per week
  • Daily class schedule includes a master class (A Class), and a technique (B Class) and a repertoire class (C Class)
  • Optional electives are 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 $65.
  • 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. Elective fee is $65.


 Books 3-5

  • 20  hours of instruction per week
  • $485 tuition fee per week
  • Book 3 daily class schedule includes the same classes as the Book 1-2 students plus an ensemble class (string students participate in an orchestra; pianists and harpists participate in duet classes).
  • Book 4-5 daily class schedule includes a master class (A Class), technique/repertoire class (C Class), ensemnble class, and our brand new "Creative U!"

    • Creative U! will unlock the creativity inside. Dr. Ching-chu Hu, Randal Harrison-Hoecherl, and Derek Deakins will guide Book 4 and 5 students on a journey of creativity and expression. The class is described as follows: " 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. Elective fee is $65. 

 Books 6 & Up

  • 20 hours of instruction per week 
  • Guarantee of no more than 3 people per master class (A Class). 
  • $525 tuition fee per week 
  • Daily class schedule includes a master class (A Class), technique class (B Class), repertoire class (C Class) and an ensemble (orchestra)
  •  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. 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 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.

 Chamber Music Program

Advanced Chamber Music Camp

July 17-30, 2021 (1-week Chamber Music July 24-30)

Please refer to the Chamber Music Page for our checklist and more details

The 2-week Advanced Chamber Music Camp is a high-level intensive experience. Pianists and all string players are welcomed. We encourage you to claim your spot early, as this is a very popular program. Only enough personnel to fill 10 ensembles will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Those who enroll in this program need to have well-developed music reading skills and experience maintaining rhythmic independence. Pre-formed chamber ensembles are permitted with the consent of the student’s home teacher and permission of the Chamber Music Coordinator.

COVID protocols may be in place at the time of the Institute. We will keep you updated through our announcements and on this website as UW-System assesses the situation. Please check back for more information and updated forms. 

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. Special Chamber Music Seminars are planned as well.

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. 

Program requirements: Chamber 2022 - $975

  • 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. 
  • Link to the YouTube video must be submitted with your Chamber Music Program Assessment Form by June 8. Video must be set as "unlisted" and "not appropriate for kids." More information can be found on the video event submissions tab.
  • Submissions should include one piece of music – title of the piece and your name should be included on your YouTube video.
  • 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. Required attire is a white top and black bottom (no mini-skirts please). All Chamber Music Students must bring music stands (label all parts). 





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 $65. 

NEW! - Kid's Yoga (ages 7-12): Yoga allows for both physical movement and relaxation - something essential for budding musicians! Yoga mat required.

NEW! Japanese Journey (Ages 8-18): Discover some of the rich culture and traditions of Dr. Suzuki's homeland. Open to all students.

NEW! Artist's Imagination (Ages 7-12): Use your imagination and expand your artistic skills through the visual arts.  Students will participate in daily hands-on projects such as collaging, drawing, and creating mandalas.  Open to all students.

Fiddling for Violinists: (violin students who can play Etude and beyond, ages 8-18). Join fiddler and ASI faculty member Lisa Deakins as you learn a variety of fiddling techniques and tunes! Expand your fiddling knowledge and have a great time, with different skills included for every level. Ms. Lisa lives in South Carolina and has performed with country greats Pam Tillis and Whisperin' Bill Anderson.

NEW! - Fiddling for Violas and Cellos (Perpetual Motion and beyond, ages 8-18):  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. Week 2 only.

NEW! Youth Choir (all insruments, ages 7-12)  Make music with your very first instrument - your voice!

NEW! Modern Dance (all instruments, ages 9-18): Put your creative thinking into motion through the language of dance. No previous dance experience required

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.

 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.
  • 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 16 and 17, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm. Please use the Teacher Training Registration Form to enroll.
    • Class fee: $150

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 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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$22 each

Will be available in the
ASI store both weeks.

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