Summer Courses in the USA 2019

June 22 – July 20, 2019
Summer String Academy 2019
Jacobs School of Music

Private lessons: Students receive two one-hour private lessons weekly. Assistant teachers are available to help students with practicing.Features of the program:

Master classes: String Academy faculty give a weekly two-hour master class. Both guest artists and String Academy faculty give additional evening master classes. Each student will attend the weekly master class and will be asked by their private teacher to perform when prepared. Pianists are available for rehearsals, lessons, classes and concerts.

Chamber music: Chamber music assignments will be made based on the audition recording. Students may also choose to audition in person on the first Sunday of the Academy. Groups will be arranged according to individual playing level; every effort is made to arrange compatible groups. Chamber music groups rehearse from 11 – 1 four days a week. Younger students will participate in the chamber orchestra on Tuesday and Thursday. Many groups will perform during the final week.

Recitals: Students have the opportunity to perform in scheduled recitals with their teacher’s approval. Recitals take place each Friday and/or Saturday, and more often during the final week. Most evenings are devoted to master classes, concerts, movies, and planned activities.

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June 28 to July 7, 2019
Indiana University
Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers

will explore the beginning through advanced stages of violin teaching and playing.

Mimi Zweig



July 19 – 22, 2019
Teaching Children the Violin
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

This workshop incorporates the philosophies and ideas of Shinichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland, Mimi Zweig, and the faculty of the String Academy of Wisconsin. The workshop consists of pedagogy sessions and individual instruction. It includes:

Initial setup: Understanding the Body: the most important link in the development of a young student is the early lessons, as they set the stage for a strong foundation and all future learning. Important fundamental steps include discussion and observation of a child’s first lessons as well as a beginner group lesson, and hands-on experiments with ease of physical motion principles.

Establishing a Beautiful Tone: how to teach bow stroke technique for beautiful tone will be addressed in a systematic way using scales, etudes and repertoire from the first lessons through to advanced levels.

Pathways to Accurate Intonation: the physical and aural skills (theory/ear training) needed to build a strong foundation for accurate intonation.

Understanding Shifting: preparatory exercises for introducing shifting, different types of shifts, and developing shifting with sequential repertoire and etudes.

Developing the Vibrato: principles of vibrato and finding the best way to help individual students create and develop a beautiful vibrato.

Correcting of Bad Habits: these popular sessions cover an in-depth study of a systematic way to correct incorrect beginnings in a student’s playing. Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate and study various Kreutzer etudes in hands-on instruction with workshop faculty.

Interesting repertoire for each developmental level.

“Triangular energy” arising from the roles of students, parents, and teachers. Small steps which result in huge strides: sessions on the role of the parent, on motivation; ideas and structure through repertoire and performance and practicing activities.

Hands-on Instruction in mini-master class settings will focus on the pedagogical aspects covered in discussions and individual participant needs.

Workshop activities will also include observations of faculty working with students at all levels of proficiency, an internet session for string pedagogy resources, and a session on setting up a studio. A few evenings are free to explore the many summer events that take place in Milwaukee.

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