IN A NUTSHELL

Performance workshop classes are an essential and required part of our program for all experienced youth students up to grade 11 who are enrolled in individual lessons.

WHAT DO WE DO?

We gather together to learn from each other and to celebrate each other’s progress. We practice performing for each other; we practice listening to, and learning from, everyone’s performances; we explore broader musical concepts; and we play games and have fun! Classes run a bit under two hours in length*, and we always enjoy a snack break. (*JUNIOR classes for grades 1 to 3 are 70 minutes plus 10 minutes of community and cookies.)

WHAT DOES IT COST?

All classes are included within our regular monthly tuition rates.

MEETING THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT

Students can meet the minimum requirement to participate by joining us and performing a piece from memory just twice each year.

BUT WHAT DOES THE STUDIO RECOMMEND?

To get the greatest benefit from this program, we encourage students to join us approximately once each month, for a total of 7 to 10 classes per school year.

CLASSES ARE SCHEDULED BY SIGN-UP

Classes meet most Saturday afternoons and selected other times. Find the sign-up via our sign-ups page. You are in control of how often and when you attend class. Students who are passionate about their studies and who enjoy participating in our community may come as often as they like! Others may choose to just meet the minimum requirement of twice per year. You will get the greatest benefit from the program by using classes for goal-setting and rehearsing pieces for upcoming performances. But in the end, all we request is that you choose a schedule that makes sense for your individual schedule and goals. Avoid signing up in three consecutive weeks, avoid playing the same piece in more than three classes.

JUNIOR, YOUNGER, OLDER, AND THEMES

When viewing the sign-up, you will see that the classes have broad age groupings and that some classes have designated themes. We suggest that less-advanced students join the younger groups when practical, and that advanced students choose the older groups. Students aged 16-18 have the added flexibility of choosing to sign up for our Sunday evening Adult Open Rehearsals. Many classes have theme labels. Do not let this confuse you: when in doubt, sign up anyway! For Master Class, Honors Recital, and Rehearsal themes, we will screen out in advance students who do not fit the theme. For all other class, all students who fit the age range will be welcome and encouraged to perform, regardless of the theme.

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?

In one word: no. However….the primary purpose of class is to practice performing; and, to engage in thoughtful listening and discussion of other students’ performances. 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. We’re not necessarily expecting “recital quality.” These are workshops, not recitals. 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 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: participation in our workshop classes is correlated with retention and achievement. More broadly, group activities are correlated with student’s self-reported enjoyment of music study. Join us!

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