Apply

All Ages

These summer programs are open to students of many ages, ranging from elementary school to adulthood. Browse through the information below to learn more.

Connecticut Valley Harp Institute | Hartt Suzuki Institute 

Hartt Suzuki Institute

HSI is a concentrated study of the repertory, philosophy, and teaching methods introduced by the respected Japanese educator Shinichi Suzuki.
HSI is a concentrated study of the repertory, philosophy, and teaching methods introduced by the respected Japanese educator Shinichi Suzuki.

Hartt Suzuki Institute: Online

July 29 - August 7, 2021

STUDENT INSTITUTE: CANCELLED for Summer 2021

TEACHER INSTITUTE: WILL RUN ONLINE for Summer 2021

The Suzuki Teacher Workshop is designed for teachers who wish to gain expertise in Suzuki pedagogy. Each online workshop course is taught by a teacher training specialist who is a registered teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA).

Teacher Institute

The 8-hour online 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. Note viola requirements, listed below under Teacher Training and Workshop Course Hours.

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.

ECC

Participant: $145
Graduate credit: N/A
Auditor: N/A

SECE revisions

Participant: $85
Graduate credit: N/A
Auditor: N/A

UNIT 1 (GUITAR, PIANO, OR VIOLIN)

Participant: $775
Graduate credit: $875
Auditor: $775

UNIT 2 EXPANDED WITH TEACHING STRATEGIES (VIOLIN)

Participant: $625
Graduate credit: $725
Auditor: $625

UNIT 3, 4, 5, 6 (VIOLIN)

Participant: $475
Graduate credit: $575
Auditor: $475

UNIT 5 (VIOLA)

Participant: $475
Graduate credit: $575
Auditor: $475

VIOLA BOOK 4 BRIDGE

Participant: $100
Graduate credit: N/A
Auditor: $100

CELLO OVERVIEW BOOKS 4-6

Participant: $475
Graduate credit: $575
Auditor: $475

SUZUKI IN THE SCHOOLS-LEVEL 1

Participant: $475
Graduate credit: $575
Auditor: $475

OBSERVATION

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

ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN

Thursday, July 29 – FRIDAY, JULY 30 (both days 1:00-3:00 p.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m.)
  • Every Child Can! (ECC) with James Hutchins
Saturday, July 31, 9:30 A.M.-1:00 p.m. and 1:00-3:30 p.m.
  • SECE Revisions with Sharon Jones and Lynn McCall
SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1:00 P.M. – SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 1:00 P.M.
  • Guitar: Unit 1 with Seth Himmelhoch
  • Piano: Unit 1 with Fay Adams
  • Violin: Unit 1 with James Hutchins
SATURDAY, JULY 31, 4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. AND SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. 
  • Viola Book 4 Bridge with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker
MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 8:30 A.M. – SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 1:00 P.M. 
  • Violin Unit 2 with Teaching Strategies with Christie Felsing
MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 8:30 A.M. – FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 5:30 P.M.
  • Cello: Overview Books 4-6 with Pamela Devenport
  • Viola: Unit 5 with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker
  • Violin: Unit 3 with Kirsten Marshall
  • Violin: Unit 4 with Ed Kreitman
  • Violin: Unit 5 with Linda Fiore
  • Violin: Unit 6 with Teri Einfeldt
  • Suzuki in the Schools: Level 1 with Winifred Crock
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 is 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 visit the SAA website and find the teacher video audition application for instructions, or call the SAA at 888.378.9854 for further information.

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, 2021. 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 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. (Note: Viola course requirements, below)

Every CHild can (all instruments)

This online course includes 8 hours of class time.

sece revisions

This online course includes 5 hours of class time. Workshop participants must have completed ECC and SECE Stage 1 in order to enroll. This course will cover the Suzuki Early Childhood Education curriculum changes that go into effect as of January 2022.

UNIT 1 (GUITAR, PIANO, OR VIOLIN)

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

UNIT 2 EXPANDED WITH TEACHING STRATEGIES–VIOLIN

This online course includes 25 hours of class plus 8 hours of observations over 6 days (Monday - Saturday). Workshop participants must have completed and registered ECC and Unit 1 in order to enroll in Unit 2. This course includes the new SAA offering of Teaching Strategies, which is meant to guide teachers in their own skills with hands-on, helpful, practicum-like activities.

UNIT 3 VIOLIN

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

UNIT 4 VIOLIN

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

UNIT 5 VIOLIN

This online course includes 15 hours of class plus 8 hours of observations over 5 days (Monday-Friday). 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 5 VIOLA

This online course includes 15 hours of class plus 8 hours of observations over 5 days (Monday-Friday). Workshop participants must have completed and registered ECC, Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3 and Violin Unit 4 plus the “Bridge” course (see below, “Bridge” course offered on Sunday) OR Viola Unit 4 in order to enroll in Viola Unit 5. Additionally, participants must complete the Intermediate or Comprehensive Viola Audition with the SAA.

VIOLA BRIDGE BOOK 4

This six-hour, two-day online course is designed for those teachers who have taken Violin Unit 4 and want to take Viola Unit 5 at HSI. Course will cover the needed viola pieces and techniques to prepare participants for Viola Unit 5 course. Workshop participants must have completed and registered ECC, Unit 1, 2, 3, and Violin Unit 4 to enroll in the “Bridge” course.

CELLO OVERVIEW OF BOOKS 4-6

This online course includes 15 hours of class plus 8 hours of observations over 5 days (Monday-Friday). Workshop participants must have completed ECC and have already completed and registered the three cello units being covered in the overview course (4-6).

SUZUKI IN THE SCHOOLS LEVEL 1

This online course includes 25 hours of class/observation over 5 days. Workshop participants must have completed and registered ECC and Unit 1 in their respective instrument area (violin, viola, cello, or bass) to enroll in Suzuki in the Schools Level 1.

Questions?

Please call the main office at 860.768.4451 or e-mail us at harttcomm@hartford.edu.

Connecticut Valley Harp Institute

Harp intensive
Competition Repertoire List
Competition Repertoire list.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2021.

The CT Valley Harp Institute Workshop and Competition will be a virtual competition, with options to register for either 1 or 2 additional virtual workshops. In lieu of our regular Workshop and Competition, students are invited to participate in the adjudication piece of the competition to gain insightful feedback on multiple video-recorded pieces. 

All students are invited to register for competition only, or choose between competition and either 1 or 2 workshops. 1st Prize Winners are invited to perform in a Virtual Winner’s online recital during the competition and workshop weekend between June 24 and 27, 2021. Prizes will be awarded in each category (Novice Beginner, Beginner, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, and Advanced).

The competition requirement for 2021 is two contrasting pieces for Intermediate I, Intermediate II, and Advanced categories from the repertoire list on our website. Novice Beginner and Beginner categories require three pieces from the appropriate lists.

Junior Audition videos may be submitted. Please see below for more information. 

Applications must be received by May 15, 2021.

We encourage you to contact our administrative team with questions by emailing harttcomm@hartford.edu or calling 860-768-4451.

For students entering into their Junior or Senior year of high school, there is a unique opportunity to audition for The Hartt School through an early audition process to earn a conditional acceptance and scholarship awards.

For more information, contact Margaret Spear at wyporek@hartford.edu.

Questions?

Please call the main office at 860.768.4451 or e-mail us at harttcomm@hartford.edu.

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