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Hartt Suzuki Institute

summer 2018

Student Institute
August 5-10, 2018

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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.

Teacher Workshops
August 3-11, 2018

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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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2018 Student Institute

August 5-10, 2018

The 2018 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.

New! Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) August 6-10, 2018

The 2018 Hartt Suzuki Student Institute will offer a daily Suzuki Early Childhood Education class. This one-hour daily class is designed for students 0–3 years old who are not currently studying and 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. Shinichi Suzuki called this “talent education.” The word “education” in Japanese (kyoikuconsists of the kanji Kyo (to teach) and iku (to foster). It means to teach and foster until the material is absorbed and becomes inner ability, which as a foundation, allows children to think, organize, and respond. From this, children spontaneously stretch toward higher levels.

Caregiver participation is a fundamental part of Suzuki instruction. Adult caregivers must attend Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes with enrolled children.

Suzuki Early Childhood Education Concepts

  • Every Child Can
  • Ability Develops Early
  • Environment Nurtures Growth
  • Success Breeds Success
  • Parental Involvement is Critical
  • Children Learn from One Another
  • Encouragement is Essential

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, 2018 will forfeit all tuition and fees.

Student Workshop: Register online!

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. Specially designed discussion groups will provide guardians with helpful information on practicing, pedagogy, psychology, and other learning issues. Families with three or more children should contact our staff if only one guardian/adult will be attending. Student check-in begins Sunday, August 5, 2018, 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 10.

2018 Student Institute Faculty

 Violin

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

Viola

  • Melinda Daetsch, The Hartt School

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
  • Joe Pecoraro, North Carolina

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

Fiddling

  • Annalise Ohse, Texas

Suzuki Early Childhood Education

  • Lynn McCall, Connecticut
  • Laura Speno, Connecticut

2018 Student Institute Tuition

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Books 13: $475

Books 46: $525

Book 7 and up: $575

Suzuki Early Childhood Education: $75

Early-bird special: Register by Monday, May 14 and receive a $50 discount off student tuition.

There is no early-bird special registration discount for Suzuki Early Childhood Education.

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 29, 2018

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, 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, 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 9.

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 2018 Triolet Repertoire List (PDF).

2018 Teacher Workshops

August 3-11, 2018

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 3, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Every Child Can! (ECC) with Kirsten Marshall

Saturday, August 4, 12:30 p.m. – Saturday, August 11, 1 p.m.

Monday, August 6, 8:15 a.m. – Friday, August 10, 4 p.m.

  • Flute: Unit 2 with Laurel Maurer
  • Piano: Unit 7 with Fay Adams
  • Violin: Unit 2 with Ed Kreitman
  • Violin: Unit 3 with Linda Fiore
  • Violin: Unit 4 with Ann Montzka-Smelser
  • Violin: Unit 5 with James Hutchins
  • Violin: Unit 7 with Susan Baer
  • Suzuki Early Childhood Education: Prenatal and Early Years, Stage 1 with Lynn McCall

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, 2018. 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 5

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

UNIT 7

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.

Suzuki Early Childhood Education Stage 1

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

Tuition and Fees

Register online!

Early-bird special: Register by Monday, May 14, and receive a $50 discount off tuition. 

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 29, 2018

ECC

Participant: $125

Graduate credit: N/A

Auditor: N/A

There is no early-bird special registration discount for Every Child Can.

unit 1

Participant: $750

Graduate credit: $850

Auditor: $750

unit 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7

Participant: $450

Graduate credit: $550

Auditor: $450

SECE Stage 1

Participant: $500

Materials Fee: $35

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.

There is no early-bird special registration discount for Observations.

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 $144 (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. Use the group code “Hartt Suzuki Institute” when booking online at group.homewood-suites.com/Hartt-Suzuki-Institute.

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 (king, queen, double queen, double-double) or $140 suite rate (king, queen, double queen suites). Complimentary continental breakfast available, with complimentary wine/cheese in the evenings. 24-hour coffee bar includes fresh fruit and cookies. Reserve online with Group Code #4101: www.farmingtoninn.com

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 (single bed) located on the second floor. Although they are shared, individual baths with shower, toilet, and sink are private. 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 online for Seminary housing.

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
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