Studio Class Schedule

Saturdays, 10:30-11:30

September 14, 2013
October 12, 2013
November 9, 2013
December 7, 2013

Studio Address
321 North High Street
West Chester, PA 19380

What is the purpose of studio class?

This session is designed to give each student consistent opportunities to perform “works in progress” as a soloist for their peers. Rather than having a one-time performance experience in the midst of a recital, the student is given a chance to practice how to become more comfortable presenting their work. Performing in front of an audience regularly will teach him/her how to deal with those little flukes that may not have been expected. Turns out…we can plan for them! This regular rehearsal in the art of performing will result in a higher success rate in the final performance. After all, sharing each week’s hard work is half the battle of violin/viola playing, and a huge part of the fun!

In addition to practicing the skill of performance, students will learn to share and receive constructive criticism, get to know their peers, and have more opportunities to work collaboratively with me, other faculty of the studio, other students of the piano studio, and each other. This experience will enhance the level of play by promoting ambitions as well as increasing an overall understanding and awareness of music. Students will now have the chance to discover music that may be new to their ears and be introduced to pieces that are in their future.
Lastly, the camaraderie among peers gives encouragement that can sometimes exceed that of parental figures. Students of all ages need to know that they are not alone and that there are others working through similar experiences. They can share discoveries and ideas with one another that will have more impact than if it had come from their teacher. It is no wonder that the majority of universities with music performance programs require weekly attendance at studio class!

Making music is a fun escape from the trials of school and work. It is a release from the ins and outs of everyday life as well as a wonderful outlet for creativity and self-expression. I always want this to be the case for everyone. It does require a great deal of dedication and patience at times, but please do not get discouraged! If everything about playing were easy, everyone would do it.

Each and every one of you is exceptional because you have chosen to take on this challenge in order to create your own musical voice. I am so excited to be a part of this in your world and I will encourage you and give you the means to make it happen every step of the way. Each time you pick up your instrument, clear your mind and remember why it is that you love to play!