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Re: Victoria Conservatory of Music Summer Academy
Peter K. Mose #2606777 01/21/17 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Peter K. Mose
This sounds like a fine way to craft the often-problematic structure of master class teaching. Are there multiple groups taking place at the same time, Bruce? (Because I thought there were several dozen participants in this program.)


Peter:

Indeed, there are several master classes (usually not more than seven students per class). Not all the master classes necessarily take place at the same time, but the students in each class are scheduled together by (relative) ability/advancement.

The application form asks for examples of current repertoire with the aim of putting each student in with other students of similar ability. This avoids the rather uncomfortable situation of putting relative beginners in with near professional performers. It does not, however, prevent students from exaggerating their accomplishments in the application form!

It is very rare in my experience, but it has happened, that a student may claim to have studied - if not mastered - a major work in the standard repertoire, is placed in a more advanced master class by virtue of that claim, only to spend time at the piano in the master class doing little more than stumbling through a sight-reading attempt. This, I repeat, is extremely rare, but it has happened through no fault of the Academy's registration process.

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Wow--this sounds amazing. I still have teenagers at home, but would love to participate some time in the future. (I've participated in a retreat my teacher runs in Massachusetts, but it's only half as long.)


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Re: Victoria Conservatory of Music Summer Academy
BruceD #2607015 01/21/17 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by BruceD
Originally Posted by Peter K. Mose
This sounds like a fine way to craft the often-problematic structure of master class teaching. Are there multiple groups taking place at the same time, Bruce? (Because I thought there were several dozen participants in this program.)


Peter:

Indeed, there are several master classes (usually not more than seven students per class). Not all the master classes necessarily take place at the same time, but the students in each class are scheduled together by (relative) ability/advancement.

The application form asks for examples of current repertoire with the aim of putting each student in with other students of similar ability. This avoids the rather uncomfortable situation of putting relative beginners in with near professional performers. It does not, however, prevent students from exaggerating their accomplishments in the application form!

It is very rare in my experience, but it has happened, that a student may claim to have studied - if not mastered - a major work in the standard repertoire, is placed in a more advanced master class by virtue of that claim, only to spend time at the piano in the master class doing little more than stumbling through a sight-reading attempt. This, I repeat, is extremely rare, but it has happened through no fault of the Academy's registration process.

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Okay, I remember getting as far as the application last year. It was hazy, but I was scared away. List pieces? Oh my!

Re: Victoria Conservatory of Music Summer Academy
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Hi JazzyMac, A master class is all about getting fresh ideas. An older "review" piece might be just great for that occasion if that takes away the pressure to learn something new.


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