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Connecticut Valley Harp Institute | Hartt Suzuki Institute 

Hartt Suzuki Institute

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

July 31–August 8, 2020

The 2020 Hartt Suzuki Student Institute (August 2-7) is designed for violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, and Suzuki Early Childhood Education students. Students must be currently studying with a Suzuki-trained teacher, and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian throughout the course of the institute (Note Book 7 and Up exception).

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).

Student Institute: August 2–7, 2020

Program Information

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 (Sunday), is dedicated to check-in, opening ceremonies, play-ins, orchestra, and guitar rehearsals. Regular class schedule begins on Monday.


Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) classes will be offered Monday-Friday during the 2020 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.

Tuition

2020 Tuition Rates

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, 2020 will forfeit all tuition and fees.

SECE: $75

BOOKS 1-3: $450 Early bird (May 11); $480 Regular (June 26) 

BOOKS 4-6: $500 Early bird (May 11); $530 Regular (June 26)

BOOKS 7 and up: $550 Early bird (May 11); $580 Regular (June 26)

2020 Faculty

VIOLIN
  • Susan Baer, Washington
  • Winifred Crock, Missouri
  • Melinda Daetsch, The Hartt School
  • Teri Einfeldt, 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
  • Pamela Devenport, New York
  • Chris Fiore, Pennsylvania
  • Nancy Hair, Massachusetts
GUITAR
  • Mychal Gendron, Rhode Island
  • Seth Himmelhoch, New Jersey
  • Andy Lafreniere, Connecticut
  • David Madsen, The Hartt School
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
SUZUKI in the SCHOOLS
  • Winifred Crock

2020 Classes and Opportunities

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, an advanced repertory class, an ensemble, and two additional classes that will be assigned according to the student level and instrument. To aid in placement, we request that all students at the Book 7 and up level submit a video recording to hsi@hartford.edu by July 15. Though guardians are welcome to attend, it is not a required if student is age 13 or above, at the Book 7 or above, and an independent note-taker.

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.

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 6. There will be no performing orchestras on Friday. Note that these orchestras start rehearsal on Sunday, August 2.

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. Note that these guitar ensembles and orchestra start rehearsal on Sunday, August 2. Guitar Orchestra performs on Thursday, August 6.

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.

Attending Guardians

Each student must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire institute (exception: Book 7 and up level students who are age 13 or above and independent note-takers). Guardians in attendance at the institute are expected to be present at their child’s masterclasses 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. 

Check-in times vary according to student instrument and level. Specific check-in times will be available in July. 

Teacher Institute: July 31–August 8, 2020

Program Information

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. Note viola requirements, listed below.

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.

Tuition

ECC

Participant: $145
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

CELLO OVERVIEW BOOKS 4-6

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

SECE STAGE 1

Participant: $550
Graduate credit: N/A
Auditor: $550

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.

Schedule

FRIDAY, July 31, 10 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
  • Every Child Can! (ECC) with James Hutchins
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 12:30 P.M. – SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 1 P.M.
  • Guitar: Unit 1 with Seth Himmelhoch
  • Piano: Unit 1 with Fay Adams
  • Violin: Unit 1 with James Hutchins
SUNDAY, August 2, 10 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
  • Viola Book 4 Bridge with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker
MOnday, AUGUST 3, 8:15 A.M. – SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 1 P.M.
  • Violin Unit 2 Expanded with Susan Baer (includes Teaching Strategies)
MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 8:15 A.M. – FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 4 P.M.
  • Cello: Overview Books 4-6 with Pamela Devenport
  • Piano: Practicum with Fay Adams
  • 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 Early Childhood Education: Stage 1 with Lynn McCall
  • Suzuki in the Schools: Level 1 with Winifred Crock

SAA Audition and Participation 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 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, 2020. 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)

Teacher Training Workshop Course Hours

UNIT 1 (GUITAR, PIANO, OR VIOLIN)

This 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 course includes 23 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 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 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 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 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 one-day enrichment 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 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 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.

SUZUKI in the SCHOOLS LEVEL 1

This 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.

Food Options

University of Hartford will be offering dining options on campus at The Commons (breakfast-lunch-dinner), a five-minute walk from The Hartt School. Meal tickets are available at Sunday’s check-in as well as daily at the dining hall door.

Off-campus restaurants are within a 15-minute drive from campus, either at Bishop’s Corner, West Hartford Town Center, or Bloomfield.

Connecticut Valley Harp Institute

Harp intensive

June 25–28, 2020

CVHI is a four-day workshop and competition for pedal and lever harp students of all levels (up to age 19). Through this program, you will have the opportunity to join together through workshops, harp ensemble, and time-honored CVHI traditions, as well as focus on your individual goals as a solo artist and competition contestant. If you are entering into your junior or senior year of high school, you have a unique opportunity to audition for The Hartt School through the competition portion of this program.

Thursday: Workshops–learn about competition deportment, rules, preparation, and easing your nerves!

Friday–Saturday: Competition for all levels.

Sunday: Winner’s recital; review and self-evaluate your competition performance alongside workshop participants and faculty.

The Workshop

Our workshop will begin on Thursday with CVHI's Time-Honored "Morning RoundUp" followed by a day that focuses on the ins and outs of competition preparation. Sessions will include competition deportment, a briefing session on competition rules, wardrobe, and preparations appropriate for competing. Friday and Saturday will focus on the competition itself with possible additional sessions, such as harp ensemble, to break up the day.

Following the competition, students will have the opportunity to relax, debrief, and work with phenomenal harp instructors. Students will review and self-evaluate their competition performance alongside workshop faculty to gain the most out of the competition. Sunday will also include master classes and opportunities to explore practice methods, performance strategies, and chamber music with friends new and old. Recitals for both prize winners and attendees will culminate the 4-days of harp!

The Competition

The competition will take place on Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10 with  judging of two levels taking place on Friday, and the remaining two levels completing the competition on Saturday. Students may apply to compete in Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Intermediate and Advanced level competition categories. Competition contestants may apply to competition only, or extend their application to both the competition and workshop.

Junior Audition for The Hartt School

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.

Location

Simsmore Square Hartt School Community Division Branch

540 Hopmeadow Street,
Simsbury, CT 06070

(Enter near Pastels Catering. Follow the driveway straight to the far back/lower level of the complex. The Hartt School entrance is to the right of the parking area, underneath Villari's Martial Arts Studio).

Click here to view our virtual tour!

STAYING IN SIMSBURY

The charming New England town of Simsbury, Connecticut offers accommodations a quarter mile away from the competition site at the Simsbury Inn (special rates may be available for competition/workshop entrants). Additional accommodations are available in Simsbury at small hotels and Inns, and AirBnB accommodations are plentiful in neighboring towns of Avon, Bloomfield and Canton.

Simsmore Square is surrounded by a number of restaurants, delis, and bagel shops, and is situated right next to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, offering a safe and attractive walking and biking path throughout Simsbury.

Tuition and Registration

Workshop and Competition: $425.00

Competition Only: $50

Pedal Harp Rental: $100

Lever Harp Rental: $75

Video Submission Deadline: April 15, 2020

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.