I’ve never really gotten into the term “Master Class”. First off, it just sounds scary. Second, it usually is scary! And yet, it is a valuable part of the pre-professional and college level experience, fear and all. I like the idea of giving my adult students some of that conservatory-style foundation, with a slightly different spin. For instance, in drumming up participants for my upcoming tour, here are some candidates I would love to work with:

Someone with stage fright issues. As someone who never had it as a kid and then developed it as a college student, I can sympathize. Together, we can craft a playing environment and repeatable approach to take the teeth out of playing under observation. If this very idea terrifies you, you should consider signing up. The weight of avoiding performances is a heavy burden that affects much of your approach.

Do you have an old favorite piece that is stuck or stagnant? Let’s knock the dust off of it and give you practical methods for continuing to improve even the most familiar etudes, songs, or concerti.

Are you a dreamer? Are you messing with a challenging piece without the help of a private teacher? Let’s take a few hours and knock out some of the tricky passages so you can work better on your own.

Have you never learned or gotten into scales? Allow me to give you this gift! I was a scale avoider, myself. Let’s fill in that gap and improve every aspect of your playing. If you played nothing but scales for a month, you would improve dramatically. If you play a bunch of scales AND do your normal etudes and pieces, you won’t believe the change in quality of sound and technical security.

I have a few people already signed up for this tour (please send me the enrollment forms!), and tons of interest in the more northerly East Coast tour in April. There is always the option of a day or two of private lessons only. The purpose of my visit is to help, and the more entrenched the habit, the scarier the issue, the less you think you can succeed, the more benefits you’ll reap. How do I know?

I’ve been there.

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