Workshops and Classes

Check back often for information about visiting music instructors, workshops, and master classes available through the Hartt School Community Division.

Suzuki String Workshop | Viola as a Second Language | Sousapalooza

Suzuki String Workshop

Past workshops have included a cello play-in.
Past workshops have included a cello play-in.

March 2020 (specific dates TBA)

Join us for a weekend of intensive instruction, motivation, and fun with some of the most creative clinicians in North America! Events vary by day, and include diverse offerings such as personalized master classes, repertoire classes, technique classes, ensembles, and enrichment classes.

Workshop Schedule

Violin, Viola, and Guitar Intermediate and Advanced Master Classes
Friday (by invitation only)

Friday afternoon/evening is dedicated to master classes with our innovative guest clinicians. Master classes give students the unique opportunity to not only be coached by our distinguished guest clinicians, but also to be inspired by their peers.

All master classes are one-hour in duration. Intermediate master classes will have 3 students per hour, and advanced master classes will have 2 students per hour. Students can expect to receive one-on-one coaching with a guest clinician as well as the opportunity to observe the clinician work with other students during this hour. Families will be notified in advance regarding their assigned time.

Location

Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern St., West Hartford, Conn.

Advanced Friday master classes

Violin, Viola, and Guitar students should be in Book 6 or above and be recommended by their HCD Suzuki teacher.

Intermediate Friday master classes

Violin, Viola, and Guitar students should be in Books 2-5 and be recommended by their HCD Suzuki teacher.

Cello Advanced Master Classes and Cello Ensemble
Friday (by invitation only)

Join guest clinicians for an hour-long master class, followed by cello ensemble on Friday late afternoon/evening. The evening includes a potluck/social gathering.

Location

The University of Hartford's The Hartt School, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, Conn.

Friday’s cello master classes are open to advanced HCD private lesson Suzuki students at the recommendation of a HCD faculty member.

Violin and Viola Workshop
Saturday

Saturday format consists of repertoire, technique, and enrichment classes of varying sizes and levels. Students are scheduled for three to four hours of classes (depending upon level/instrument), held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a break for lunch*. The workshop culminates with a guest recital at 2:30 p.m. by clinician Brian Lewis as part of the 30th anniversary of the Hartt Suzuki Program. Join us in Lincoln Theater for this special celebration concert!

Schedules will not be available before the workshop. Please fill out your online registration carefully with complete information. Confirmation of receipt of registration will be sent by email.

Check-in and classes will take place at The Hartt School in the Fuller Music Center on the University of Hartford campus. Upon entering the Bloomfield Avenue campus of the University, continue until you reach Parking Lot D. Park in non-desiganted spot in Lot D and enter The Hartt School, which is directly across the street. Signs will be posted to help you find the registration station.

TIMES

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your first class.

9:00 a.m. Students Book 2 and above

10:00 a.m. Students Book 1

Note: All classes finish at 2:20 p.m. followed by a guest recital at 2:30 p.m. in Lincoln Theater. Free and open to the public!

Saturday violin/viola schedule is open to all students currently studying with a Suzuki teacher. Students should be at least 4 years of age and able to play the fourth piece in Book 1 to participate in the weekend violin-viola workshop.

Cello Workshop
Saturday and Sunday

During the course of the cello weekend, each student receives one master class, a technique/repertoire class each day, and play-in on Sunday. Students in Book 5 and above will have a cello ensemble class. Note: see description of cello activities for Friday above.

Please fill out your online registration carefully with complete information. Confirmation of receipt of registration will be sent by email.

Check-in and classes will take place at The Hartt School in the Fuller Music Center on the University of Hartford campus. Upon entering the Bloomfield Avenue campus of the University, continue until you reach Parking Lot D. Park in a non-designated spot in Lot D and enter The Hartt School, which is directly across the street. Signs will be posted to help you find the registration station.

SATURDAY CELLO TIMES

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your first class.

2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. depending on level

SUNDAY CELLO TIMES

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your first class.

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. depending on level

1:30 p.m. Cello Play-in at the Lincoln Theater for all levels

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. depending on level

The Cello Workshop is open to all students currently studying with a Suzuki teacher. Students should be at least 4 years of age and able to play "Twinkle" to participate in the weekend workshop.

Free Time

Students may not be scheduled every hour. It is suggested that during the child’s free time observation of more advanced students occur. Feel free to observe any class as room allows. There are also plenty of practice rooms available on the lower level of The Hartt School (Fuller Music Center).

There are no lunch facilities available on the University campus on the workshop weekend. Please bring a bag lunch and visit with friends. A space will be provided where lunch can be eaten.

Teacher Workshop
Sunday

The Sunday Teacher Workshop will feature a four-hour teacher development session with renowned violin pedagogue and SAA Teacher Trainer Alice Joy Lewis. Special topic of the afternoon will be teaching bowing techniques through the Suzuki violin repertoire, and how to cultivate such skills in our student’s playing from Twinkle through the concerto level.

Teacher session: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location

The University of Hartford's The Hartt School, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, Conn.

Repertoire Lists

Violin, viola, and guitar students should be at least 4 years of age and able to play the fourth piece in Book 1 on their instrument to participate in the weekend workshop.

Violin

Book 1: ALL

Book 2: Chorus from Judas Maccabeaus, Hunters’ Chorus, Witches' Dance, Lully Gavotte, Minuet in G

Book 3: Martini Gavotte, Gavotte in G minor, Humoresque, Bourree

Book 4: Seitz No. 5-1st mvt, Vivaldi A minor-1st mvt, Bach Double

Book 5: Unaccompanied Bach Gavotte, Vivaldi Concerto in G minor-2ndmvt, Bach Double

Book 6: La Folia, Fiocco, Handel Sonata in D Major-2nd mvt 

Book 7: Mozart Minuet, Bach Concerto in A minor-1st mvt

Book 8: Wieniawski Romance, The Blue Danube (Yuko Achison), Telemann Concerto in F Major for Three Violins

Viola

Book 1: ALL

Book 2: Chorus from Judas Maccabeaus, Musette, Hunters’ Chorus, Long Long Ago, Waltz, Bourree, Two Grenadiers, Lully Gavotte 

Book 3: Martini Gavotte, Bach Minuet (3), Mozart Minuet in D 

Book 4: Seitz Concerto #5-1st mvt, Telemann “Single” Concerto-1st and 2ndmvts, Telemann “Double” Concerto-3rd and 4th mvts

Book 5: Marcello Sonata-1st and 2nd mvts, Spinning Wheel, Marais French Dances, Seitz Concerto in C minor

Book 6: Marais La Folia, Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5, J.C. Bach/Casadesus Concerto-1st and 2nd mvts 

Book 7: Corelli Allegro, Kreisler Andantino in the style of Martini, Faure Apres un Reve, J.C. Bach/Casadesus Concerto-3rd mvt

Book 8: Mendelssohn: Song without Words Op. 109, Bruch Romanze Op. 85

Book 9: Schubert Arpeggione Sonata

Cello

Cello Review List | Eccles Largo | Squire Tarantella | Bach Ariosto | Vivaldi Allegro (2nd mvt.) | Marcello Allegro | Humoresque | Lully Gavotte | Handel Bourree | The Two Grenadiers | Musette | Chorus from Judas Maccabeaus | Minuet 1 | All Book 1 

Tuition and Registration

*Early-Bird Registration Deadline: January 31

Standard Registration Deadline: March 1

Teacher Registration Deadline: TBA

*Registration Fee: $15 (non-refundable, waived for HCD private lesson students)

*The early-bird discount and the HCD private lesson discount apply automatically on the checkout screen. You do not need a coupon or discount code.

VIOLIN, viola, and guitar master classes

Intermediate Master Class Tuition: $60 Early-bird; $80 Standard

Advanced Master Class Tuition: $75 Early-bird; $95 Standard

violin and viola workshop

Registration Fee: $15 (non-refundable, waived for HCD private lesson students)

Tuition: $100 Early-Bird; $120 Final

bundle: friday master class + saturday Workshop (violin, viola)

Intermediate Bundle Tuition: $140 Early-bird; $160 Final

Advanced Bundle Tuition: $155 Early-bird; $175 Final

cello workshop

Tuition: $125 Early-bird; $145 Final

teacher workshop

Tuition: $65 (No registration fee.)

FAQs

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF STUDYING WITH A DIFFERENT TEACHER FOR ONE DAY?

Every teacher has a different perspective, different training, and different experiences that influence their teaching. While it is important to have one primary teacher to guide your child, a lot can be learned from working with a different teacher occasionally, either at a workshop or at a summer institute.

TO WHAT EXTENT SHOULD MY STUDENT MASTER THE PIECES ON THE REPERTOIRE LIST?

Review is an important pillar of the Suzuki method. The repertoire list is a guideline of what pieces may be worked on in the repertoire classes in the workshop. Please prepare all of the pieces your child has learned to the best of your ability. If a piece is played that your child is not comfortable playing, they will learn by listening to the piece being played.

Viola as a Second Language

Melinda Daetsch happily became "bilingual" with violin and viola at the age of 12.
Melinda Daetsch happily became "bilingual" with violin and viola at the age of 12.

Saturdays, 8–9 a.m.

Ever look longingly to your left in orchestra, envious of the rich tone of the viola? Ever tire of playing on the E-string, or tune down your G-string so you too can have a C-string? Looking to try the viola but not ready to leave your first love behind? Scared of the new clef and the idea that you might not have the melody? If so, we have the class for you! Join Melinda Daetsch as you explore a whole new world of possibilities in transitioning from violin to viola in six eye-opening weeks.

Schedule

October 5, 12, 26
November 2, 9, 16
Room 

Registration Deadline: September 21

perks

Students who successfully participate in the six-week program and have a growing passion for viola will have the opportunity to join a lower level orchestra during the second semester of the year (pending available space).

prerequisite

Students must be read music fluently and have minimum of one year of private study on violin.

tuition and registration

$168 for both private lesson and non-private lesson students.

Sousapalooza

Sousapalooza 2018
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Make Music Hartford

Friday June 21, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Connecituct's Old State House
800 Main Street, Hartford, Conn.

Make Music Hartford is a part of the international Make Music Day movement, which brings free, community-wide, outdoor musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide! Every year, the celebration is held on June 21, the summer solstice, in more than 800 communities around the world.

Program Information

Hartt School Community Division clarinet faculty and conductor Alan Francis will lead Hartford's second annual Sousapalooza. Were you in marching band in school or do you play a brass or woodwind instrument? Get together with a group of friends and strangers to play the music of The March King, John Philip Sousa! You won’t want to miss being a part of the band or seeing the performance! All are welcome to join. Please register below.

Bring your own music stand (a limited number will be available). Some chairs will be provided. Audience members are welcome to just enjoy the music!

This event is coordinated by the Greater Hartford Arts Council.

Repertoire

  • Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
  • King Cotton
  • Manhattan Beach
  • Irish Tune from County Derry
  • El Capitan
  • The Liberty Bell
  • Fairest of the Fair
  • The Stars and Stripes
  • The Thunderer

Experience the transformative power of a Community Division education.