Adapted from the May 2015 issue of the Ambassador, a publication of the Aber Suzuki Center, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

  1. Discover fresh insights and new approaches to your instrument and music through study with expert clinicians.

  2. Work with teachers of national and international reputation.

  3. Continue to hear the inspiration of the Suzuki message “every child can learn” given the proper environment.

  4. Realize substantial improvement and confidence on your instrument in a short period of time for all students, from pre-twinklers to advanced level players.

  5. Experience the balance between time spent playing your instrument and play (free) time.

  6. Make friends who are kindred spirits.

  7. Meet families and teachers from many states and foreign countries. Last year, one institute had 32 states and 6 foreign countries represented!

  8. Receive fresh motivation and renewed excitement about playing and practicing.

  9. Be immersed in a nurturing, positive atmosphere where individual value and potential is recognized.

  10. Attend inspiring performances by faculty and fellow students.

  11. Feel the exhilaration of playing in an orchestra or chamber music.

  12. Develop the essential skills of ensemble playing through chamber music.

  13. Learn and be inspired by hearing a wide variety of levels of playing on your instrument.

  14. Perform in final concerts of 50-200 performers, depending upon the institute.

  15. Be surrounded in a nurturing, positive atmosphere where individual value and potential is recognized.

  16. Institutes with teen options often include teen dorm opportunities and special advanced student offerings.

  17. Hear fresh ideas of how to practice and motivate!

  18. Take advantage of quality time with your child or grandchild. Create lifetime memories in an environment free from the stress and distractions of home and work.

  19. Find support and new solutions in helping your child through attending outstanding parent talks offered throughout the week.

  20. Explore the area surrounding the institute itself—whether a metropolitan setting or mountainous location.

  21. Be exposed to different events—from Fun Night to Concerto Night! Some institutes even have pajama play-ins and BBQ nights around the pool! Others may have faculty skits as well as serious performances.

  22. Build camaraderie and connections within your teaching studio by having your students attend an institute together. Some studios even reserve a dorm wing to build community!

  23. Be re-inspired by attending one of the many teacher training classes offered.

  24. Visit the “Suzuki Institute Store”. Some institutes have resources onsite, such as an “institute store” of Suzuki materials. Others may have a luthier, where you can try out instruments and secure basic services to keep your instrument sounding its best.

  25. Experience a well-organized and planned event. Did you know that most institute staff spend twelve months getting ready for your summer experience?  

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