Musicians Young and Old Participate in American Suzuki Institute

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Forget about the hills, it's UW-Stevens Point that's alive with the sound of music as the campus welcomes musicians young and old to the 43rd Annual American Suzuki Institute Summer Camp.

One such musician is Ana Edwards. Edwards has been playing the violin since the age of five.

"My Nana, my grandmother, she played violin," Edwards tells NewsChannel 7 adding, "When I was little I always said I wanted a violin and so for my 6th or my 5th Birthday, I think it was my 5th, I got a violin."

Now 15-years old, Edwards is playing like a college student. So how did someone so young get to be so good? Edwards credits her success to an alternative style of teaching called Suzuki.

"Parents are the teachers," Pat D'Ercole, director at the institute-host Aber Suzuki Center at UWSP, explains. "We start early. There is lots or repetition and positive reinforcement and children don't learn to read before they can speak they learn by listening and modeling and imitation."

"It's been a really great way to learn, very step by step," Edwards adds.

But the Suzuki method is about far more than just the music. It's about the sensitivity the music evokes.

"We're really trying to develop, noble human sprits, noble human beings that will make the world a better place," D'Ercole says.

If you want to see these musicians in action, the public is invited to numerous free concerts. Dates, times and locations follow.

•Monday, July 29, 7:30 p.m., Theater @1800 ASC Alumnus Steven Zander, violin, assisted by Maia Zander, violin, and Linda Perry, piano
•Tuesday, July 30, 7:30 p.m., Theater @1800 -- American Suzuki Institute Faculty in recital
•Wednesday, July 31, 7:30 p.m., Charlotte’s Web (Presented by Central Wisconsin Children’s Theatre, admission $2) Jenkins Theater
•Thursday, Aug. 1, 6:15 p.m. -- Informal recitals
•Friday, Aug. 2, 11 a.m., Michelsen Hall -- Piano Ensembles concert
•Friday, Aug. 2, 1 p.m., Michelsen Hall -- Harp Festival concert
•Friday, Aug. 2, 4 p.m., Michelsen Hall and NFAC 221 -- String Chamber Ensembles
•Friday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m., Theater @1800 -- Violin Festival concert
•Monday, Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m., Theater @1800 – The Smelser Family Quartet
•Tuesday, Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m., Theater @1800 – American Suzuki Institute Faculty in recital
•Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6:15 p.m. -- Informal recitals
•Thursday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m., Michelsen Hall – Chamber Music Student Orchestra in Concert
•Thursday, Aug. 8, 8 p.m., Michelsen Hall and NFAC 221 – Chamber Music Student Ensemble performances
•Friday, Aug. 9, 11:15 a.m., Michelsen Hall – Viola Festival concert
•Friday, Aug. 9, 2 p.m., Michelsen Hall --Piano Ensembles concert
•Friday, Aug. 9, 4:15 p.m., Michelsen Hall -- Cello Festival concert
•Friday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m., Theater @1800 -- Violin Festival concert

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