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General Information

Student Institute
July 30-August 4, 2017

Hartt Suzuki Institute studentThe 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.

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Teacher Workshops
July 28-August 5, 2017

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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2017 Student Institute

July 30-August 4, 2017

The 2017 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. In addition, students are expected to practice a minimum of one hour per day.

Enrollment and Registration

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, 2017 will forfeit all tuition and fees.

Student Workshop: Register online.

Attending Parents

Each student must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire institute. Parents 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. Specially designed discussion groups will provide parents with helpful information on practicing, pedagogy, psychology, and other learning issues. Families with three or more children should contact our staff if only one parent/adult will be attending. Student check-in begins Sunday, July 30, 2017, 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 4.

2017 Student Institute Faculty

 Violin

  • Susan Baer, Washington
  • Melinda Daetsch, The Hartt School
  • Carla Brasch Francis, New York
  • Linda Fiore, Pennsylvania
  • James Hutchins, Maryland
  • Ed Kreitman, Illinois
  • Kirsten Marshall, New York
  • Vera McCoy-Sulentic, Illinois
  • Annalise Ohse, Texas
  • Ian Salmon, Texas
  • Tal Schifter, New York

Viola

  • Melinda Daetsch, The Hartt School
  • Ian Salmon, Texas

Cello

  • Chris Fiore, Pennsylvania
  • Nancy Hair, The Hartt School

Flute

  • Laurel Ann Maurer, Vermont

Guitar

  • Seth Himmelhoch, New Jersey
  • Andy Lafreniere, Connecticut
  • David Madsen, The Hartt School

Piano

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

Guitar Orchestra

  • David Madsen, The Hartt School

Orchestra

  • Emmett Drake, The Hartt School
  • Kirsten Marshall, New York

Fiddling

  • Annalise Ohse, Texas

2017 Student Institute Tuition

Books 13: $475

Books 46: $525

Book 7 and up: $575

Early-bird special: Register by Monday, May 15 and receive a $50 discount off student tuition. 

Register online.

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).

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.

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.

Book 7 and up

Each student will receive 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, parent 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, Performance Encounters, and Chorus. For guitar students, additional classes may include Music Theory, Performance Encounters, Advanced Guitar Ensemble, and Chorus. For piano students, additional classes may include Music Theory, Performance Encounters, Organ, and Chorus.

Ensembles, Orchestras, and Piano Triolets

Reading Orchestra

This ensemble meets Monday through Thursday 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 3.

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 2017 Triolet Repertoire List (PDF).

2017 Teacher Workshops

July 28–August 5, 2017

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, July 28, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Every Child Can! (ECC) with Seth Himmelhoch

Friday, July 28, 8:15 a.m. – Sunday, July 30, 5 p.m.

  • Violin: Revisiting Unit 1 with Vera McCoy-Sulentic
  • Cello: Revisiting Unit 1 with Nancy Hair

Saturday, July 29, 12:30 p.m. – Saturday, August 5, 1 p.m.

  • Violin: Unit 1 with Ed Kreitman
  • Flute: Unit 1 with Laurel Ann Maurer

Monday, July 31, 8:15 a.m. – Friday, August 4, 4 p.m.

  • Violin: Unit 2 with Linda Fiore
  • Violin: Unit 3 with Vera McCoy-Sulentic
  • Violin: Unit 4 with James Hutchins
  • Violin: Unit 6 with Susan Baer
  • Piano: Unit 6 with Fay Adams

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. After July 1, applicants must submit an express audition to the SAA with an added $40 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, 2017. 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

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

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 6

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 6. Additionally, participants must complete the Intermediate or Comprehensive Audition with the SAA.

REVISITING UNIT 1

This course includes 15 hours of class plus 3 hours of observations over 3 days. Workshop participants must have completed and registered ECC and Unit 1 and taught at least one year, to enroll in Revisiting Unit 1.

Tuition and Fees

ECC

Participant: $125

Graduate credit: N/A

Auditor: N/A

unit 1

Participant: $750

Graduate credit: $850

Auditor: $750

unit 2, 3, 4, or 6

Participant: $450

Graduate credit: $550

Auditor: $450

revisiting unit 1

Participant: $450

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 $25 per day or $100 for the week. Connecticut teachers are allowed one free day of observation.

Early-bird special: Register by Monday, May 15, and receive a $50 discount off tuition. 

Register online.

Accommodations

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 $139 (king) per night. The suites are beautiful and comfortable accommodations with kitchenettes and a sleeper sofa. Included in the nightly rate are daily breakfast and a light evening meal Monday through Thursday. Based on hotel availability our group rate is valid until June 27, so make your reservations soon. Use the group code “HSI” when booking.

To book directly online, use this link: http://group.homewood-suites.com/harttsuzukiinstitute

St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Conn.

467 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield, CT 06002

One mile from campus, St. Thomas Seminary has more basic accommodations available for teacher workshop participants at $50 per night. 

Most of our overnight accommodations are in our dormitory style rooms located in the second and third floor, east wing. Each room has a single bed, desk and chair with reading lamp, and bureau. In addition, a fan and extension cord have been provided in each dorm room; please feel free to set it up either in your window or another convenient location (no air conditioning). Rest rooms, showers, and lounges are located in common areas on each floor. Although they are shared, individual baths with shower, toilet, and sink are private. Third floor facilities are co-ed and there are eight units available; second floor facilities are male only and there are six units available. Linen, towels, and soap are provided. Ample free parking is available to all of our guests. Continental breakfast is included each day. Though the seminary is close to campus, we do not advise walking from the seminary to campus.

Register for accommodations at St. Thomas

Food on and off campus

Food service on campus is limited to cafeteria style only and is available at the Gengras Student Union (located adjacent to The Hartt School). 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
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.,
11 a.m.–11 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m.–11 p.m. 
Sunday 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

Tapas Bloomfield (Mediterranean Cuisine)
864 Cottage Grove Rd, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

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

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

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

QDOBA Mexican Eats
Bishops Corner, 345 N Main St #102, West Hartford, CT 06117
Friday and Saturday, 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sunday, 7 a.m.–9 p.m.

D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches
333 N. Main St., West Hartford, CT 06117
Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Whole Foods Market
340 N. Main St., West Hartford, CT 06117
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 8 a.m.–9 p.m.

Starbucks
2475 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117
Friday, 5 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
Saturday, 5:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
Sunday, 6 a.m.–9 p.m.

3 miles away in Bloomfield

Republic Gastropub
39 Jerome Ave, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Friday 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.
Saturday, 5 p.m.–11 p.m.
Sunday, 4 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

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

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