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Hartt Suzuki Institute

Student Institute

August 4-9, 2019

Registration Information

Hartt Suzuki Institute student

The Hartt Suzuki Institute offers students, families, and teachers the opportunity for concentrated study of repertory, philosophy, and teaching methods introduced by the respected Japanese educator Shinichi Suzuki. The institute provides private and group experiences taught by some of the most inspiring Suzuki teachers from around the country.

Teacher Workshops

August 2-10, 2019

Registration Information

The Suzuki Teacher Workshop is designed for teachers who wish to gain expertise in Suzuki pedagogy. Each workshop course is taught by a teacher training specialist who is a registered teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). Applicants who qualify as participants, who complete required observations, and who attend all sessions qualify to have the course registered with the SAA. Additionally, qualified participants may earn 2 graduate credits awarded by the University of Hartford.

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2019 Student Institute

August 4-9, 2019

The 2019 Hartt Suzuki Student Institute is designed for violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, and flute students. Students must be currently studying with a Suzuki-trained teacher, and they must be accompanied by a parent/guardian throughout the course of the institute.

Each student receives a minimum of four hours per day of formal instruction. Students in Book 4 and above receive five hours per day of formal instruction. Instruction includes a master class, in which each child receives one-on-one teaching, a repertory class, an ensemble or movement class, and at least one additional class appropriate to the instrument and level of the child. Classes are assigned according to student instrument and level. Students are expected to practice a minimum of one hour per day.  The first day of the institute is dedicated to check-in and opening ceremonies; there will be no formal instruction on this day.

Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) classes will be offered Monday-Friday during the 2019 Hartt Suzuki Institute. This one-hour daily class is designed for children zero until four years of age, who are not currently studying an instrument. Suzuki Early Childhood Education is based upon the premise that educators work in partnership with caregivers to realize potential, create a welcoming and stimulating learning environment, and foster participation. When the environment is right, a child not only learns a skill, but also gains a sense of purpose to life, an understanding of discipline, and an appreciation of beauty. Adult caregivers must attend Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes with enrolled children.

ENROLLMENT AND REGISTRATION-Students

HSI t-shirts are provided to those participants who register by June 28, 2019. A small number will be for sale at the Institute for $15.

Student enrollment is limited by faculty and facility availability. Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is encouraged. You will be notified and all fees will be refunded if space is not available. In the event that you need to cancel your registration, submit written notice to the Hartt School Community Division. Registration fees are non-refundable. Because of the institute's commitment to faculty and facility arrangements, applicants who withdraw after June 1, 2019 will forfeit all tuition and fees.

Student Workshop: Register Today!

Attending Guardians

Each student must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire institute. Guardians in attendance at the institute are expected to be present at their child’s private lessons and repertory classes throughout the day in order to assist with practicing. Families with three or more children should contact our staff if only one guardian/adult will be attending. Student check-in begins Sunday, August 4 at noon. Check-in times vary according to student instrument and level. Specific check-in times will be available in July. Final Concerts are Friday, August 9.

2019 STUDENT INSTITUTE FACULTY

 Violin

  • Susan Baer, Washington
  • Melinda Daetsch, The Hartt School
  • Linda Fiore, Pennsylvania
  • Carla Brasch Francis, New York
  • James Hutchins, Maryland
  • Ed Kreitman, Illinois
  • Kirsten Marshall, New York
  • Ann Montzka-Smelser, Illinois
  • Annalise Ohse, Tennessee
  • Tal Schifter, New York

Viola

  • Melinda Daetsch, The Hartt School
  • Elizabeth Stuen-Walker, Washington

Cello

  • Chris Fiore, Pennsylvania
  • Nancy Hair, Massachusetts
  • Rick Mooney, California

Flute

  • Laurel Ann Maurer, Vermont

Guitar

  • Seth Himmelhoch, New Jersey
  • Andy Lafreniere, Connecticut
  • David Madsen, The Hartt School
  • Joe Pecoraro, North Carolina

Piano

  • Fay Adams, Tennessee
  • Christopher Liccardo, New York
  • Mariana Obukovsky, New York
  • Bret Serrin, Texas
  • Elke Velazquez, New York

Guitar Orchestra

  • David Madsen, The Hartt School

Orchestra

  • Emmett Drake, The Hartt School

Fiddling

  • Annalise Ohse, Tennessee

Suzuki Early Childhood Education

  • Lynn McCall, Connecticut

2019 Student Institute Tuition

Registration Today!

Books 1–3: $480
Books 4–6: $530
Book 7 and up: $580
Suzuki Early Childhood Education: $75 (no discount)

Early bird student discount: register by May 13 to receive a $30 discount on each student registration.

Final registration deadline: June 28.

Those who register by June 28, 2019, receive an institute t-shirt. A small number will be for sale at the institute for $15.

Student Classes

Book 1

Each student will receive a minimum of four hours per day of formal instruction. Instruction includes a master class (four students) in which each child receives one-on-one teaching, a repertory class, chorus, and Keep the Pulse (a movement and rhythm class). As always, guardian support through attendance is expected at each class.

Book 2-3

Each student will receive a minimum of four hours per day of formal instruction. Instruction includes a master class (4 students) in which each child receives one-on-one teaching, a repertory class, chorus, and an ensemble. As always, guardian support through attendance is expected at each class.

Book 4-6

Each student will receive a minimum of five hours per day of formal instruction. Instruction includes a master class (3 students) in which each child receives one-on-one teaching, a repertory class, an ensemble, and two additional classes that will be assigned according to the student level and instrument. As always, guardian support through attendance is expected at the master class and repertoire class.

Book 7 and up

Each student will receive a minimum of five hours per day of formal instruction. Instruction includes a master class (2 students) in which each child receives one-on-one teaching, a repertory class, an ensemble, and two additional classes that will be assigned according to the student level and instrument. As always, guardian support through attendance is expected at the master class and repertoire class.

Additional Classes

For string students, additional classes may include Exploring Chamber Music, Music Theory/Musicianship, Performance Encounters, and Chorus. For guitar students, additional classes may include Music Theory/Musicianship, Performance Encounters, Advanced Guitar Ensemble, and Chorus. For piano students, additional classes may include Music Theory/Musicianship, Performance Encounters, Organ, and Chorus.

2019 Institute Review List

Ensembles, Orchestras, and Piano Triolets

Reading Orchestra

This ensemble meets Monday through Friday and does not perform. It is designed for the string players in Book 2 who have experience reading music. This orchestra offers students the opportunity to read music as a group and learn to play in a larger ensemble with other instruments.

Institute String Orchestras

Violin, viola, and cello students in Book 3 or above will be placed in a string orchestra, which will meet daily and perform on Thursday, August 8. There will be no performing orchestras on Friday.

Guitar Ensembles

Students in Books 2 and above will be assigned to a guitar ensemble. The Book 2 ensemble is a reading skills ensemble. The Book 3 ensemble students should have music reading experience. Students in Book 4 and above will play in a guitar orchestra, with octave, alto and bass guitars supplied to the participants. Students in Book 5 and above will be assigned to the Advanced Guitar Ensemble as one of their additional classes.

Triolet Class for Pianists

This chamber music preparatory class gives pianists in Book 2 and up the opportunity to perform in a small chamber group with string students. In the first few days of the institute, students will review their triolet piece with a piano teacher, and then move on to rehearsing the piece with the string players. The class will culminate in an informal recital held on Thursday afternoon. There will be no Triolet Class on Friday.

To participate in this additional opportunity, please indicate the triolet piece on your registration form of your choice from the list provided.

Download the 2019 Triolet Repertoire List (PDF)

2019 Teacher Workshops

August 2-10, 2019

The Suzuki Teacher Workshop is designed for teachers who wish to gain expertise in Suzuki pedagogy. Each workshop course is taught by a teacher training specialist who is a registered teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). The 6-hour course, Every Child Can! (ECC), is required prior to taking Unit 1. Courses must be taken in order through Unit 3: ECC!, Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3. Once this sequence has been completed, higher units may be taken out of order, if desired. Applicants who qualify as participants, who complete required observations, and who attend all sessions qualify to have the course registered with the SAA. Additionally, qualified participants may earn 2 graduate credits awarded by the University of Hartford.

Teacher Workshop Schedule

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 10 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.

  • Every Child Can! (ECC) with James Hutchins

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 10 A.M. – SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 5:30 P.M.

  • Violin: Revisiting Unit 1 with Teri Einfeldt
  • Violin: Unit 1 with James Hutchins

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 12:30 P.M. – SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 1 P.M.

  • Violin: Unit 1 with James Hutchins

SUNDAY, August 4, 12:30 P.M. – FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 4 P.M.

  • Violin: Unit 2 with Kirsten Marshall*
  • Violin: Unit 3 with Ed Kreitman*
  • *NOTE: participants in these two courses are strongly encouraged to also enroll in Teaching Strategies.

MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 8:15 A.M. – FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 4 P.M.

  • Cello: Practicum with Rick Mooney
  • Flute: Unit 3 with Laurel Maurer
  • Guitar: Unit 2 with Joe Pecoraro
  • Piano: Unit 2 with Marina Obukovsky
  • Piano: Practicum with Fay Adams
  • Viola: Practicum with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker
  • Violin: Unit 2 with Kirsten Marshall
  • Violin: Unit 3 with Ed Kreitman
  • Violin: Unit 4 with Linda Fiore
  • Violin: Unit 8 with Susan Baer
  • Suzuki Early Childhood Education: Stage 2 with Lynn McCall

MONDAY, AUGUST 5 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 9  (afternoons)

  • Teaching Strategies with Ed Kreitman

SAA Participation and Audition Requirements

Audition Requirement

To qualify as a participant in SAA Teacher Workshop unit courses, applicants must submit a video audition to the SAA, preferably well in advance of taking the course. Auditions should be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the course start date, with the required fee and a completed application form. If submitted after the 8-week deadline, applicants must then submit an express audition to the SAA with an additional fee. All auditions must be received at least 10 days before the start of the course. No auditions will be accepted after this date. If the audition in not accepted, you may observe a workshop course as an auditor but you may not take the course as a participant. For further information, please see the SAA website at suzukiassociation.org and find the teacher video audition application form and instructions, or call the SAA at (888) 378-9854 for this form.

Participant Status

The SAA and the Hartt Suzuki Institute strongly encourage Participant status. If your audition is accepted, your course participation will be registered, provided that all other requirements are met. If the audition is not accepted, and the course is not filled to capacity, you may observe the course as an auditor, but the course will not be registered with the SAA. 

Graduate Credit

As a prerequisite for completing a teacher workshop course for graduate credit, you must pass your SAA audition by July 1, 2019. If you haven’t been notified of your results by that date, then your registration will be switched to Participant if your audition is accepted before the start of the course or Auditor if your audition is not accepted.

Required Course Preparation

All teacher workshop participants are asked to prepare the repertoire to be studied to the point of fluent performance. Memorization is not required but is highly recommended. Additionally, participants should be conversant with the ideas presented in Dr. Suzuki's book Nurtured by Love.

All participants will be performing Suzuki repertoire and other materials in class. String and woodwind players are expected to provide their own instruments. It is recommended that participants bring an audio recorder and a notebook to all sessions. 100% attendance is required for registering the course.

Training Prerequisites and Course Order

To take Suzuki teacher training, teachers must be active members of the SAA. Every Child Can! (ECC) is required prior to taking Unit 1. Courses must be taken in order through Unit 3: ECC, Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3.

Teacher Training Workshop Course Hours

UNIT 1

This course includes 28 hours of class plus 15 hours of observations over 8 days. Workshop participants must have completed ECC in order to enroll in this course. Participants must complete at least the Basic Audition with the SAA.

UNIT 2- VIOLIN

This course includes 15 hours of class plus 8 hours of observations over 6 days (Sunday-Friday). Workshop participants must have completed and registered ECC and Unit 1 in order to enroll in Unit 2. It is strongly encouraged for those taking Violin Unit 2 to also enroll in Teaching Strategies (see description below).

UNIT 2- PIANO or GUITAR

This course includes 15 hours of class plus 8 hours of observations over 5 days (Monday-Friday). Workshop participants must have completed and registered ECC and Unit 1 in order to enroll in Unit 2.

UNIT 3

This course includes 15 hours of class plus 8 hours of observations over 6 days (Sunday-Friday). Workshop participants must have completed and registered ECC, Unit 1, and Unit 2 to enroll in Unit 3. It is strongly encouraged for those taking Violin Unit 3 to also enroll in Teaching Strategies (see description below).

UNIT 4

This course includes 15 hours of class plus 8 hours of observations over 5 days. Workshop participants must have completed and registered ECC, Unit 1, Unit 2, and Unit 3 to enroll in Unit 4.

UNIT 8

This course includes 15 hours of class plus 8 hours of observations over 5 days. Workshop participants must have completed and registered ECC, Unit 1, Unit 2, and Unit 3 to enroll in Unit 7. Additionally, participants must complete the Intermediate or Comprehensive Audition with the SAA.

PRACTICUM: Cello, Piano, or Viola 

This course includes 15 hours of class plus 8 hours of observations over 5 days. Workshop participants must have completed ECC and Unit 1 in order to enroll in the Practicum, plus have completed one year of Suzuki teaching and have a current Suzuki studio. 

REVISITING UNIT 1 Violin

This course includes 15 hours of class plus 3 hours of observations over 3 days. Workshop participants must have completed ECC, Unit 1, and have teaching experience in order to enroll. The Revisiting course aims to strengthen one’s teaching by approaching the repertoire and its concepts from a fresh perspective. There will be interactive discussion of the foundational structure of Book 1, including teaching concepts, layering of ideas, application of the Suzuki philosophy and more.

SUZUKI EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION STAGE 2

This course includes 30 hours of class over 5 days.  Workshop participants must have completed and registered ECC and SECE Stage 1 to enroll in SECE Stage 2. 

TEACHING STRATEGIES FOR VIOLIN *NEW*

Join the Hartt Suzuki Institute in piloting a new SAA course! Based upon the long-term success of Latin America’s “Teaching Strategies” course and answering the need for Suzuki teachers to gain practical teaching skills at earlier levels, SAA is piloting Teaching Strategies for Violin at HSI 2019. This 10-hour course includes hands-on practicum-like activities and guided practice-teaching in a “pedagogy master-class setting”. Teaching Strategies will be offered within the institute’s Monday through Friday training schedule, meeting two hours each afternoon. Teaching Strategies is strongly encouraged for those taking Violin Unit 2 and/or Unit 3, and the week’s training schedule will allow participants to enroll in both a Unit course and the Strategies course. Prerequisites: ECC and Unit 1.

Tuition and Fees

Register Today!

Those who register after June 28, 2019, are not guaranteed a t-shirt. A small number will be for sale at the institute for $15.

ECC

Participant: $135

Graduate credit: N/A

Auditor: N/A

UNIT 1

Participant: $775

Graduate credit: $875

Auditor: $775

UNIT 2, 3, 4 OR 8

Participant: $475

Graduate credit: $575

Auditor: $475

REVISITING UNIT 1

Participant: $425

Graduate credit: N/A

Auditor: N/A

PRACTICUM

Participant: $550

Graduate credit: N/A

Auditor: N/A

SECE STAGE 2

Participant: $550

Graduate credit: N/A

Auditor: N/A

TEACHING STRATEGIES-VIOLIN

Participant: $150

Graduate credit: N/A

Auditor: N/A

OBSERVATION

Teachers who are not registered for a teacher workshop course are welcome to observe student classes during the institute for a fee of $35 per day or $125 for the week. Connecticut teachers are allowed one free day of observation.

Accommodations

On-Campus Housing Option

We will be offering housing in Park River Suites on The University of Hartford Campus.  The Suites are designed for four people in several layouts.

  • Suite-style apartments designed to house four students in two-double occupancy dorm rooms on the UHA campus
  • Each apartment is fully furnished and contains a living room, kitchen (including fridge), bedrooms, and a bathroom
  • Bathroom includes a double vanity sink, and a seperate shower and toilet rooms
  • Living room furniture consists of two couches, a coffee table, and a dining table set for four. Bedroom furniture consists of a bed, desk, desk chair, and a dresser.
  • Use of laundry facilities
  • WIFI access
  • Air conditioned & smoke free

On-Campus Housing Registration

HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON

2 Farm Glen Blvd Farmington, CT 06032

860.321.0000

The Homewood Suites in Farmington, Conn., offers special Hartt Suzuki Institute rates of $150 (newly renovated! king one-bedroom suites) per night, plus tax. Included in the nightly rate is a complimentary breakfast. Based on hotel availability our group rate is valid until July 3, so make your reservations soon. Group Code Booking Link.

FARMINGTON INN

827 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT 06032

860.677.2821

The Farmington Inn provides the following housing options during the Hartt Suzuki Institute: $120 standard room rate or $140 suite rate. Complimentary continental breakfast available, with complimentary wine/cheese in the evenings. 24-hour coffee bar includes fresh fruit and cookies. Reserve online by August 1 with Group Code #4256:

www.farmingtoninn.com

Food on and off campus

Food service on campus is limited to cafeteria style only and is available at the Hawk's Nest, a beautiful walk across campus. Grocery stores and many restaurants are located a short drive from campus.

OFF-CAMPUS DINING OPTIONS

2 miles away in Gillete Ridge Plaza, Bloomfield:

Ruby Tuesdays
848 Cottage Grove Rd. Bloomfield, CT 06002           
Every day 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. 

Tapas Bloomfield (Mediterranean Cuisine)
864 Cottage Grove Rd, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Sunday-Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Starbucks
852 Cottage Grove Rd, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Sunday, 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday, 5:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 2-1/2 miles away in Bishop’s Corner, West Hartford:

Noodles & Company
333 N. Main St., West Hartford, CT 06117
Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Whole Foods Market
340 N. Main St., West Hartford, CT 06117
Every day 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Starbucks

2475 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117
Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, 5:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, 5 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

3 miles away in Bloomfield:

Republic Gastropub
39 Jerome Ave, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, 5:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Ginza Japanese Cuisine 
14 Wintonbury Mall, Bloomfield, CT 06002 
Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m
Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. 
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at 860.768.4451 or harttcomm@hartford.edu