Performance workshops in a nutshell

Performance workshop classes are an essential and required part of our program for all youth students up to grade 11 who are enrolled in individual lessons. (For information on our related program of Adult Open Rehearsal Workshops, scroll down. This page is newly updated for 2019-20.)

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! Most classes run a bit under two hours*, and we always enjoy a snack break. (*Junior classes for grades 1 to 4 are 70 minutes plus 15 minutes of community and cookies.)

What does it cost?

All classes are included within our regular monthly tuition rates. 

Meeting the minimum requirement

Join us and perform a piece just twice each year. 

But what does the Studio recommend?

To get the greatest benefit from this program, we encourage students to join us once every three to four weeks, for a total of 8 to 10 classes per year. We suggest using classes for goal-setting and for the rehearsal of pieces for upcoming performances. 

Recognizing participation

We’ll record students’ participation on our workshops bulletin board. Those who join us five+ times and perform five+ pieces from memory will be recognized with certificates of participation. 

Classes are scheduled by sign-up

Classes meet most Saturday afternoons and selected other times. Find the sign-up via For Our Students in the menu. You are in control of how often and when you attend class.

Junior, younger, older, and themes

When viewing the sign-up, you will see that the classes have broad age groupings. We suggest that less-advanced students join the younger groups when practical, and that advancing students and all students age 14+ choose the older groups. Students aged 16-18 have the added flexibility of choosing to sign up for our Sunday evening Adult Open Rehearsals (see below). A few classes have theme labels. Do not let this confuse you: 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! 

Canceling or changing 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 place something in every class?

No, you do not! You may attend class without performing. However….it is 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. But 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 students' self-reported enjoyment of music study. Join us! 

Adult Open Rehearsal Workshops

Join together with interested adults as we explore learning, listening, and performance! In a friendly and welcoming environment, we talk about our pieces, perform for a warm and supportive audience, and learn how we can develop our playing through constructive suggestions. We also enjoy each other’s company, support each other’s journeys, and have fun! 

Recital-quality performance is not required

These are open rehearsals, not recitals. We expect to hear pieces that are “in progress” in addition to those that are more “complete.” We welcome interested and serious students to share even brief sections of pieces. We want to hear, share, and celebrate the process of your learning and your incremental progress.

Flexible sign-up schedule

Workshops meet select Sundays: July 21, other dates from September through May TBD. We meet and start playing at 7:30 PM. Our adult students have the option of choosing which classes to attend; you do not have to make a commitment for the whole year. Even if you are able to come to just one class, we still welcome you! To sign up, take a look at the online sign-up (via For Our Students in the menu) or just email Mr. Horowitz or your teacher.

Youth participation

These workshops are for adults. But we also invite youth age 16+ to join us.