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Musicians of all ages learn at UWSP Suzuki Institute


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) - Hundreds of music students are at UW Stevens Point experiencing the 46th Annual Suzuki Institute’s summer instruction camp.

Suzuki Center Director Pat D’Ercole says Suzuki is a method of teaching music. She says Dr. Shin'ichi Suzuki had the insight that children could learn music the same way they learn languages, with an environment where they learn from parents and those around them.

This special summer camp works with musicians of all ages. “Our Aber Suzuki Center is our year-around music program for pre-college students anywhere from three, well actually from infancy through senior citizens. I believe our oldest student is 88-years-old.”

D’Ercole says we didn’t learn to read before we could talk, and the Suzuki method allows students to learn many of the sounds and techniques before learning to read music. There are training CD’s for each instrument to help students learn from repetition and positive reinforcement.

D’Ercole says some parents learn with their kids. “The learn right along with the children, which is a great model for a parent to model learning and the excitement of learning something new for their child. They learn right along, and some parents continue to eventually want to take lessons on their own and keep going along with their children.”

UWSP’s Suzuki program started with instructor Margery Aber in 1967, and the summer music camp started in 1971. D’Ercole says the Aber Suzuki Center goes year round at the Noel Fine Arts Center. “Our year around program at the Aber Suzuki Center is 270 students, about, and we offer violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, harp, voice, and guitar.”

The two weeks of Suzuki camps end this weekend. There are several performances scheduled for Friday night at UW Stevens Point’s Noel Fine Arts Center featuring this year’s students.

More information about the American Suzuki Institute can be found online and at their Facebook site.