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Suzuki Program

Suzuki Recital

The Hartt Suzuki Program is one of the largest and most reputable Suzuki schools in the country.

We offer Suzuki instruction in violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute, and piano for children as young as four. As in traditional methods of instruction, students take weekly private lessons. Suzuki students also must attend group classes (weekly for string students and monthly for pianists). Students perform in monthly recitals, group concerts, and community presentations.

The Suzuki program requires the active participation of a guardian, including mandatory attendance at all lessons and group classes and a willingness to serve as the child's at-home practice partner.

In addition to weekly lessons and group classes, we offer Suzuki orchestras, the annual summer Hartt Suzuki Institute, and the annual Spring Suzuki String and Guitar Workshop.

Being a part of the Hartt Suzuki program is a long-term commitment. In this fast-changing world, we stay constant. We plan to be there in 14 years for your child’s senior recitals. Our alumni have attended such schools as University of Connecticut, Dartmouth, Smith, Princeton, Columbia, Boston College, and NYU.

What is the Suzuki Method?

The Suzuki method of teaching music to young children is based on the way they acquire language. It is also called the "Mother Tongue method."

Young children are wired to process sound. From birth to age three, a child learns an incredibly complicated language, which includes all the rules and local nuance. How? By hearing the language spoken constantly around them—plus family encouragement. This is what violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized when he began to develop his method in Japan in the 1940s.

In the Suzuki method, the steps prior to playing an instrument are broken down into small increments similar to a child’s first vocalizations. Games and activities are used in the lessons to provide a fun, nurturing environment in addition to a strong element of family involvement.

What Happens in Suzuki Lessons?

  • incremental instruction based on how children learn language
  • music-related games and activities
  • individual and group instruction

Why Do Families Join Suzuki Classes?

Families join our Suzuki program to:

  • have fun making music
  • increase mutual respect and understanding between parent and child by using healthy communication
  • enrich the child's aesthetic sense
  • foster self-esteem and self-discipline
  • develop focus and concentration
  • teach commitment and responsibility
  • gain an appreciation and respect for the body and its proper use

Meet Our Team

Suzuki Faculty

Teri Einfeldt
Dept. Head: Suzuki Program; Suzuki Violin; Music Skills Specialist in Suzuki Pedagogy
Instrumental Studies
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Tamila Azadaliyeva
Suzuki & Traditional Piano
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Blake Brasch
Suzuki Cello
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Reagan Brasch
Suzuki Violin and Viola; Coordinator: Suzuki Early Childhood Education
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Melinda Daetsch
Suzuki & Traditional Violin and Viola; Coordinator: Chamber Music Strings; Music Skills Specialist: Viola
Instrumental Studies
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Emmett Drake
Conductor: Suzuki Orchestras; Conductor: Opus 89'; Composition and Voice Faculty
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Liz Fay
Suzuki Violin
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Christie Felsing
Director of Teaching and Learning, Community Programs
Instrumental Studies
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Eugenio Figueroa
Suzuki Violin
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Anna Grudskaya
Suzuki & Traditional Piano
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Alexandra Hadden
Suzuki Violin; Suzuki Early Childhood Education
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Samantha Hiller Drake
Suzuki Violin
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Barbara Hopkins
Suzuki & Traditional Flute
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Pablo Issa
Suzuki & Traditional Cello
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Barbara Johnson
Hartt Academic Advisor; Suzuki & Traditional Piano; Artist Teacher of Piano
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Dean's Office for Hartt
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Roberta Jordao
Suzuki & Traditional Piano
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Katie Kennedy
Suzuki Cello
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Malgosia Lis
Suzuki Piano; Coordinator: Chamber Music Piano
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Nina Miller
Suzuki & Traditional Piano
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Donna Ngai
Suzuki Violin; Suzuki Early Childhood Education
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Susan Powell
Suzuki & Traditional Bass
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Gabriel Remillard
Suzuki & Traditional Viola
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Jim Rickevicius
Suzuki & Traditional Guitar
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Jacqueline Smith
Suzuki Piano; Prism Project, Director
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Harmon Steiner
Suzuki Cello
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Deborah Tyler
Suzuki & Traditional Violin
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Arthur Villar
Traditional & Suzuki Piano
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Early Beginning

Students begin the Suzuki method between the ages of 4 and 6 (piano students begin between 5 and 7). The Suzuki method recognizes and encourages the quick development students can make at this age.

Family Involvement

Guardians provide the vital element of encouragement. When a young child first says “ma-ma,” our reaction is one of pleasure. We never say, “Is that all you can say?” Positive encouragement keeps the child aiming high and working hard.

Reading Music

Children learn to read after their ability to talk has been well established. In the same way, Suzuki students develop basic technical competence on their instruments before notational literacy.

Responsibilities

Students

We expect our students to:

  • practice and listen to their repertoire every day
  • attend regular group classes in addition to their private lesson with their parent
  • participate in a minimum of two recitals each year
  • perform in one ensemble concert per year (as appropriate)

Guardians

Guardians are responsible for:

  • attendance at all lessons and group classes
  • taking notes during lessons
  • supervising daily practice
  • attending four parent classes each year

Working Together

After registration, the first six group classes are for adult practice partners only. These meetings form the creation of a nurturing home environment for successful practice. Parents are introduced to elementary skills, ensuring a common ground with their children.

  • Students listen to recordings of their Suzuki repertoire every day to facilitate the aural learning process.
  • Students learn small musical ideas, repeat them, and then reuse them in more sophisticated ways, just like when we learn a language.
  • Students learn to play with other musicians and become motivated by their peers. They are encouraged to support each other’s efforts, develop generosity, and create a sense of community.

Questions?

Call us at 860.768.5593 or e-mail us at hcdlesson@hartford.edu

Together, we can ensure the gift of an unparalleled performing arts education is available to all.