The masterclass series was created to help music students connect with each other regularly in a small group where they can practice performing for and inspiring each other to keep improving on their instruments and growing as musicians. The class is open to all instrumentalists, not just violinists, ages 12 and above. Groups are a maximum of four players and will meet a total of four times per month for 90 minutes each time. Each participant will get a chance to play twice and receive feedback from me and fellow participants. We will talk about musical phrasing, physical techniques of playing the instrument, helpful practice tips, performance anxiety and injury prevention among other things. Dates will be determined according to group availability. You may register as an individual or find a group of friends who would like to form a group. The cost is $125 per student.
Please contact me if you think you would like to participate or have further questions.
"The masterclass taught me how to listen to myself while performing, and how to notice details about others' playing. Hearing and watching my peers improve gave me the observational experience I needed to make improvements to my own playing. It was really helpful to receive the wisdom of other student musicians. I gained a lot from the varied perspectives and support of the others in my masterclass."
~Manar Hashmi, age 18
"Colleen's masterclass helped me find strategies to enjoy performing rather than feeling stiff and anxious. Her teaching felt conscious of one's whole body while playing rather than specific adjustments of technique, which was unique and effective. I enjoyed receiving and giving feedback to my peers in the class, and we created a really productive and comfortable atmosphere!"
~Maya Sessions, age 18
"I enjoyed how each participant not only had time to perform, but also was able to listen to the others in the masterclass. The ideas we discussed were really helpful in a way that allowed me to take a different perspective on playing both violin and viola. "
~Willa Hudson, age 13
"Colleen's small group masterclasses helped me improve my technique and taught me how relaxing the body and breathing deeply can improve my sound. I also enjoyed how the other members of the group also gave feedback, and learned so much from getting other member's perspectives on my playing and listening to their playing to provide my own feedback."
~Yoonsa Lee, age 13
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