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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 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 30 - August 7, 2021

The Hartt Suzuki Student Institute (August 2-6) will continue its legacy by offering an exciting online program for summer 2021. The institute is designed for violin, viola, cello, guitar, and piano students who are currently studying with a Suzuki-trained teacher.  Students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian throughout the course of the institute (Note Book 7 and Up exception).

Sunday, August 1 is dedicated to opening ceremonies and is strongly encouraged for all HSI participants. Large ensembles or play-ins will also begin on August 1 (see Arrival Letter if this applies to your child). The full schedule of classes begins on Monday, August 2.

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).

Student Institute

Program Information

Each student receives a minimum of four hours per day of formal instruction. Students in Book 4 and above receive a minimum of five hours per day of formal instruction. The core schedule includes a master class, in which each child receives one-on-one teaching, a repertory class, an ensemble or instrument specific class and at least one additional enrichment class appropriate to the instrument and level of the child. Students are expected to practice a minimum of one hour per day. Note: Our exciting online offering includes an optional hour per level, beyond each student's core schedule.

Sunday, August 1, is dedicated to opening ceremonies and is strongly encouraged for all HSI participants. Large ensembles will also begin on August 1 (see personalized Arrival Letter if this applies to your child). The full schedule of classes begins on Monday, August 2.

Tuition

2021 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 planning, applicants who withdraw after June 1, 2021 will forfeit all tuition and fees.
 
BOOKS 1-3: $450 Early bird (May 10); $480 Regular (June 25) 
BOOKS 4-6: $500 Early bird (May 10); $530 Regular (June 25)
BOOKS 7 and up: $550 Early bird (May 10); $580 Regular (June 25)

2021 Faculty

VIOLIN

  • Winifred Crock, Missouri
  • Melinda Daetsch, The Hartt School
  • Teri Einfeldt, The Hartt School
  • Christie Felsing, The Hartt School
  • Linda Fiore, Pennsylvania
  • Carla Brasch Francis, New York
  • James Hutchins, Maryland
  • Calida Jones, The Hartt School
  • 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
  • Mariana Obukovsky, New York
  • Bret Serrin, Texas

ORCHESTRA

  • Emmett Drake, The Hartt School

FIDDLING

  • Annalise Ohse, Tennessee

CHAMBER

  • Melinda Daetsch, The Hartt School
  • Emlyn Ngai, The Hartt School

SUZUKI in the SCHOOLS

  • Winifred Crock, Missouri

ENRICHMENT

  • Lauren Hodgson, Ohio
  • Calida Jones, The Hartt School
  • Chuck Speicher, Pennsylvania 

2021 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, and two enrichment classes according to student level. 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, and two enrichment classes according to student level. 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, and three enrichment classes according to student level.  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 and three enrichment classes. 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. As always, guardians are welcome to attend, though it is not required if a student is age 13 or above, at Book 7 or above, and an independent note-taker. 

ADDITIONAL CLASSES

For string students, additional classes may include Chamber Music, Fiddling, Movement, Musicianship, Music History Tours, Performance Encounters, and/or Student-led Community Engagement & Diverse Composer History.

For guitar students, additional classes may include Advanced Guitar Ensemble, Guitar Technique, Movement, Musicianship, Music History Tours, Performance Encounters, and/or Student-led Community Engagement & Diverse Composer History.

For piano students, additional classes may include Movement, Musicianship, Music History Tours, Performance Encounters, Piano Jazz-Improv, Sightreading/Score Study, and/or Student-led Community Engagement & Diverse Composer History.

ENRICHMENT CLASSES FOR PIANISTS:

Piano students Book 2 and up will be assigned two to three enrichment classes.

ENRICHMENT CLASS DESCRIPTIONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS

2021 REVIEW LIST

Ensembles and orchestras
ORCHESTRA

String students at the Book 3 and above level will be placed in an online orchestral experience appropriate to their level.

GUITAR ENSEMBLES

Guitar students Book 2 and up will be placed in an online ensemble appropriate to their level.

 

Attending Guardians

Guardians in attendance at the online institute are expected to be present at their child’s masterclasses and repertory classes in order to assist with practicing (Exception: Book 7 and up level students who are age 13 or above and independent note-takers).
 
Families with three or more children should contact our staff if only one guardian/adult will be attending. 

Teacher Institute

Program Information

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.

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

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.

2021 Schedule

ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN

FRIDAY, JULY 30, 12:00 P.M. – SATURDAY, JULY 31, 12:00 P.M.
  • Every Child Can! (ECC) with James Hutchins
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

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 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)

Teacher Training Workshop Course Hours

Every CHild can (all instruments)

This online course includes 8 hours of class time.

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

Video Submission Deadline: May 15, 2021.

Videos must be submitted by the above deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted.

The CT Valley Harp Institute Workshop and Competition will once again be a video submission competition.  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.  

The video submission deadline is May 15, 2021. A submission fee of $25 includes:

  • A numerical (out of 100) score for your category
  • A ranking for the total number of contestants in that category (categories are Novice Beginner, Beginner, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, Advanced), and comments

Students will be notified of results by June 1, 2021. 1st Prize Winners are invited to perform in a Virtual Winner’s online recital on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 4 p.m. All contestants should plan to be available for this date.

The video 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 3 pieces from the appropriate lists.

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

Videos received after the deadline of May 15, 2021 will NOT be considered. There will be no exceptions.

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

Video Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for Video Submission

  1. All video entries must consist of one repertoire selection from either List A or B of the CVHI Repertoire List. Repeats are optional and acceptable.
  2. Video submissions must be recorded in one, continuous recording and show the harpist walking to the harp, sitting down, and playing. No splicing, cuts or edits will be allowed.
  3. Memorization is highly recommended, but not required.
  4. Videos must be clearly labeled with student name, repertoire piece and composer, and emailed to harttcomm@hartford.edu.
  5. Video submissions may be via a password protected YouTube recording, via Vimeo, or other quality video submission software.
  6. All submissions must be audio-visual, and may not be audio only.

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.

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.