IN A NUTSHELL
Performance workshop classes are for almost everyone! We gather together to learn from each other and to celebrate each others’ progress. Join our community and share music with your peers!
WHAT DO WE DO?
We practice performing for each other; we practicing listening to, and learning from, each others’ performances; we explore broader musical concepts; and we play games and have fun!
WHO ARE THE CLASSES FOR? WHAT DOES IT COST?
Classes are suitable for all youth students in grades 3 through 11 with one+ full year of prior experience. Classes may also be suitable for students with less experience as well as some in grades 1, 2, and 12 (just ask us). All classes are included within our regular monthly tuition rates.
IS PARTICIPATION REQUIRED? HOW OFTEN MUST WE ATTEND? Every student
in grades 3 through 11 with one+ years’ prior experience in our studio is expected to join us!
Students who are passionate about their studies and who enjoy participating in our community may choose to join us for ten classes or more. Other students may choose to attend just a very few classes.
All students join us at least twice each year. There is no set maximum and you may choose to join us as often as you like!…however, we do ask you to avoid signing up in three+ consecutive weeks; and, to avoid playing the same piece in more than three classes.
BUT WHAT SORT OF SCHEDULE SHOULD WE CHOOSE?
Generally, it makes sense to attend class the week or two before performance events, such as recitals and festivals. Always, it is most useful to attend when you have something ready to perform! Spreading your classes throughout the year also makes sense. But in the end, all we request is that you choose a schedule that makes sense for your individual schedule and goals.
CLASSES ARE SCHEDULED BY SIGN-UP
Classes meet most Saturday afternoons and selected other times. Classes run a bit under two hours in length, and we always enjoy a snack break. All classes are scheduled by online sign-up
YOUNGER, OLDER, AND THEMES
When viewing the sign-up, you will see that the classes have broad age groupings and that many classes also have designated themes. We suggest that non-advanced students in grades 6 and 7 choose the “younger” group when practical and that advanced students in grades 6 and 7 and all students in grade 8 join the “older” group. Students aged 16-18 have the added flexibility of choosing to sign up for our Sunday evening Adult Open Rehearsals
. New this year, we’ve added theme labels to many of the classes. Do take the theme into account when choosing which classes to attend, but when in doubt, sign up anyway!
ARE FULL SIGN-UPS GETTING YOU DOWN?
If you want to sign-up but you can’t because all or nearly all of the available slots are taken, please do get in touch. We actively manage the sign-up each week to make sure we are reaching the maximum number of interested students. If we know you want to join us, we’ll find a space for you!
CHANGING OR CANCELING YOUR SIGN-UP
While there is no penalty for canceling your sign-up at any time, please be sensitive. Late cancellations can be disruptive! In addition, because space is limited in our schedule, when you sign up for a class, you are reserving a spot which might otherwise be used by another student.
DO I HAVE TO PLAY SOMETHING IN EVERY CLASS? The primary purpose of class is to practice performing;
and, to engage in thoughtful listening and discussion of other students’ performances. Thus, it’s our hope that students will come to each class fully prepared and intending to share a piece with the other students, from memory. Keep in mind: we’re not necessarily expecting “recital quality.” These are workshops, not recitals. It is quite acceptable to perform the same piece in two or even three classes. What if you don’t have something ready to play for the class? Please, come anyway! You can practice your critical listening skills and participate in the discussion of other students’ performances—not to mention the other activities we do during the course of the class.
THE BOTTOM LINE: THESE CLASSES ARE FOR YOU!
Students who practice performing in class will be more comfortable and successful in their out-of-class performances. Students who practice listening in class will learn so much repertoire beyond their own, plus the language and process of musical discussion. And there is a tremendous, if indirect, benefit to feeling at home in our community: group activities are correlated with student’s self-reported enjoyment of music study. Join us!