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Hartt Suzuki Institute

Summer 2022 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.

July 29 – August 6, 2022

In-Person Student Institute

The Hartt Suzuki Student Institute (August 1 - 5) will continue its legacy by offering an exciting in person program for summer 2022 on the University of Hartford's campus, West Hartford, Connecticut. 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). 

Large ensembles, chamber groups, and play-ins will begin Sunday, July 31 (see arrival letter for specific times for arrival) as well as our opening ceremonies. The full schedule of classes begins on Monday, August 1.

Online Teacher Institute—Now offering an online/hybrid format for 2022!

The Online 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)

2022 Student Institute

At HSI, each student receives a minimum of four hours per day of formal instruction. Suzuki students who are in Book 4 and above receive a minimum of 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 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.

2022 Tuition Rates:

BOOKS 1-3: $450 Early bird (May 9); $500 Regular (June 24)  

BOOKS 4-6: $500 Early bird (May 9); $550 Regular (June 24)

BOOKS 7 and up: $550 Early bird (May 9); $600 Regular (June 24)

Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis therefore early registration is encouraged. If space is not available, you will be notified, and all fees will be refunded.

Because of the institute's commitment to faculty and facility arrangements, applicants who withdraw after June 1, 2022 will forfeit all tuition and fees. Withdrawal prior to June 1st requires written notice sent directly to hcdbills@hartford.edu. Registration fees are non-refundable.

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
  • 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
  • David Madsen, The Hartt School
PIANO
  • Fay Adams, Tennessee
  • Christopher Liccardo, New, York
  • Marina Obukovsky, New York
  • Bret Serrin, Texas
  • Elke Velazquez, New York 
ORGAN
  • Jim Gower, The Hartt School  
STRING ORCHESTRA
  • Emmett Drake, The Hartt School
FIDDLING
  •  Annalise Ohse, Tennessee
CHAMBER MUSIC
  • Melinda Daetsch, The Hartt School
  • Emlyn Ngai, The Hartt School 
SUZUKI in the SCHOOLS
  • Winifred Crock, Missouri
SUZUKI EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
ENRICHMENT
  • Chuck Speicher, Pennsylvania

BOOK 1-3
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 instruction, 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 instruction, 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. String students (violin, viola, and cello) Book 5 and up wanting to be considered for Chamber Music, need to submit a video of their polished current piece to hsi@hartford.edu by June 27 with the subject: “Chamber Music Audition Video”.

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 instruction, an advanced repertory class and three enrichment classes. String and piano students (violin, viola, and cello) Book 5 and up wanting to be considered for Chamber Music, need to submit a video of their polished current piece to hsi@hartford.edu by June 27 with the subject: “Chamber Music Audition Video”.

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: a fundamental Theory/Musicianship class, Fiddling, Chamber Music, and Music History Tours. 

For guitar students, additional classes may include: a fundamental Theory/Musicianship class, Guitar Technique, Advanced Guitar Ensemble, and Music History Tours. 

For piano students, additional classes may include: a fundamental Theory/Musicianship class, Piano Jazz-Improv, Organ, and Music History Tours 

Ensembles and Orchestras, and Piano Triolets

Orchestra 
String students at the Book 2 and above level will be placed in an orchestral experience appropriate to their level.

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

Enrichment classes for pianists
Piano students Book 2 and up will be placed in triolets. Advanced students may be placed in Chamber Music. 

Guardians in attendance at the 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.   

The Hartt Suzuki Institute 2022 will be following the University of Hartford’s COVID-19 and vaccination policies. 

Please visit the following link for the school’s most updated COVID-19 policy 

For specific COVID-19 related questions please email the Hartt Community Division’s COVID-19 Coordinator at hcdcovid@hartford.edu.

The Hartt Suzuki Institute will not offer dorm accommodations for participant families this year. We recommend looking into the following hotels in the area:

Farmington Inn
827 Farmington Ave Farmington, CT

Candlewood Suites
370 Market St, Hartford, CT

Residence Inn
55 Simsbury Rd, Avon, CT

The Simsbury Inn
397 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT

Courtyard by Marriot Hartford Farmington
1583 SE Rd, Farmington, CT

2022 Teacher Institute - Now Online!

Now offering all teacher workshop courses online.

Every Child Can! (ECC) and Violin Unit 1 can be taken Hyflex (in-person or online). 

Participants enrolled in online courses are welcome to do the training online from the University of Hartford campus. A practice room will be provided to each participant by request. This will allow participants to observe the student institute classes in person and connect online for teacher training lectures. 

The 8-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 1 graduate credit awarded by the University of Hartford.

ECC: Now Hyflex (IN-PERSON or ONLINE)

Participant: $145
Graduate credit: N/A

UNIT 1 (violin): Now Hyflex (IN-PERSON or ONLINE)

Participant: $775
Graduate credit: $875

UNIT 1 (CELLO, GUITAR): Now Online

Participant: $775
Graduate credit: $875

UNIT 2 (PIANO, VIOLIN): now online

Participant: $475
Graduate credit: $575 

UNIT 3, 4, 5, 6, 9/10 (VIOLIN): Now online

Participant: $475
Graduate credit: $575

SUZUKI IN THE SCHOOLS-LEVEL 2: now online

Participant: $475
Graduate credit: $575

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. Please email hsi@hartford.edu to register.

FRIDAY, JULY 29, 12:00 P.M. – SATURDAY, JULY 30, 12:00 P.M.
  • Every Child Can! (ECC!) with Ed Kreitman–Now Hyflex (in-person or online)
SATURDAY, JULY 30, 1:00 P.M. – SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 4:00 P.M.
  • Cello: Unit 1 with Pam Devenport–Now Online
  • Guitar: Unit 1 with Seth Himmelhoch–Now Online
  • Violin: Unit 1 with Ed Kreitman–Now Hyflex (in-person or online)
MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 8:30 A.M. – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 5:00 P.M.
  • Piano: Unit 2 with Fay Adams–Now Online 
  • Violin: Unit 2 with James Hutchins–Now Online  
  • Violin: Unit 3 with Christie Felsing–Now Online  
  • Violin: Unit 4 with Kirsten Marshall–Now Online   
  • Violin: Unit 5 with Teri Einfeldt–Now Online  
  • Violin: Unit 6 with Linda Fiore–Now Online   
  • Violin: Unit 9/10 with Ann Montzka Smelser–Now Online   
  • Suzuki in the Schools: Level 2 with Winifred Crock–Now Online  
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 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.

Auditor questions: please contact HSI Co-Directors at: hsi@hartford.edu. 
Note: Auditor rate is same as Participant rate.

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, 2022. 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.

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 (CELLO, GUITAR): NOW ONLINE, (VIOLIN): NOW HYFLEX (IN-PERSON OR ONLINE)

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

UNIT 2 (PIANO or VIOLIN): NOW ONLINE

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, and Unit 1 to enroll in Unit 2. 

UNIT 3 (VIOLIN): NOW ONLINE
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: NOW ONLINE
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: NOW ONLINE
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 6 VIOLIN: NOW ONLINE
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 6. Additionally, participants must complete the Intermediate or Comprehensive Audition with the SAA. 

UNIT 9/10 VIOLIN: NOW ONLINE
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 9/10. Additionally, participants must complete the Comprehensive Audition with the SAA. 

SUZUKI IN THE SCHOOLS LEVEL 2: NOW ONLINE
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) and Suzuki in the Schools Level 1 to enroll in Suzuki in the Schools Level 2.

Questions?

Email us at hsi@hartford.edu.

 

The Hartt Suzuki Institute 2022 will be following the University of Hartford’s COVID-19 and vaccination policies. 

Please visit the following link for the school’s most updated COVID-19 policy 

For specific COVID-19 related questions please email the Hartt Community Division’s COVID-19 Coordinator at hcdcovid@hartford.edu.

The Hartt Suzuki Institute will not offer dorm accommodations for participant families this year. We recommend looking into the following hotels in the area:

Farmington Inn
827 Farmington Ave Farmington, CT

Candlewood Suites
370 Market St, Hartford, CT

Residence Inn
55 Simsbury Rd, Avon, CT

The Simsbury Inn
397 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT

Courtyard by Marriot Hartford Farmington
1583 SE Rd, Farmington, CT

Questions?

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

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