Student tuition includes 6 daily classes:
- Master Class: shared individual lesson
- Repertoire Class: large group technique and Suzuki repertoire lesson
- Musicianship Class: Music Theory or Improvisation Class (assigned by level)
- Enrichment Class: each student is assigned one. Choose from the options below.
- Large Ensemble: such as orchestra, piano duets, flute ensemble, or guitar ensemble.
- Chamber Ensemble: mixed instruments, music is assigned based on placement video submitted by each applicant by April 1.
In addition, students may audition to perform on the Student Solo Honors Recitals
Students have the option to elect an enrichment class which will meet for one period each day. Some of the options for enrichment classes for Advanced Program students include. View all the enrichment options by clicking on this link.
Scott Walker leads a limited number of violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, and guitar students in an Irish music ensemble! If any of the above instrumentalists also play mandolin, bodhran, penny whistle, harmonica, hurdy gurdy, please indicate this on the registration form. This is an educational experience in playing traditional acoustic Irish music, or music of a similar feel, in a small ensemble. Irish Ensemble reads and explores tunes, works on performance practices and prepares for a presentation at the end of the week.
In this course, our piano faculty will help each student develop their piano accompaniment skills.
Students are expected to have prepared the music with complete fluency by the beginning of institute. Class size is very limited. Solo instrumentalists will be provided.
Prerequisite playing levels:
Has accompanied all of Suzuki book 3 on violin, cello, or flute AND Performed Bach 2 part Invention No. 8
Must prepare each of these pieces for this class:
Suzuki Violin Book 4, Piano Accompaniments: Any Seitz Concerti
With your teacher’s assistance, please select 2 to 3 additional pieces from ‘Accompanying the Violin’ and prepare to complete fluency.
- Rhythmic accuracy
- Ability to count the beats and sub-divisions
- Proper speed, refer to the metronome markings
- Note accuracy plus rests, slurs, staccatos, etc.
- Ability to listen to the other part and coordinate with it
- be able to start at any measure, please add measure numbers
There are 2 required accompaniment books for this class. Please check the requirements for your level carefully. Books can be purchased at any music store or online. A link has been provided under the image for each book at www.sheetmusic.com
For Level 4: Accompanying the Violin AND Suzuki Book 4 piano part
Melody Kucks teaches Piano Styles for teenage pianists exploring these styles and more. Students will learn bass lines, comping and soloing for all kinds of grooves. Basic knowledge of chords is helpful but not required. Come and jam in a fun, no pressure environment.
Open to ages 13 and older with a minimum playing level of piano Suzuki book 3 and up.
Learn the basics of recording music, speech, and the world around you to create programs ready for the internet and the radio-waves! Hands-on activities include on-location recording, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Vilar Center recording booth, and much more. The final class project will be a music & interview podcast recorded and produced by the students. Broadcast on KCSI under the leadership of Jesse McQuarters, Producer of nationally syndicated programming for the WFMT Radio Network in Chicago. No prerequisite skills. Students bring their own equipment: a 5G iPod, or iPod touch, or iPod nano plus the iPod recording attachment. Email us if you have questions about the equipment you will need.