Group workshops, classes, masterclasses and college admissions help
Group classes for business
Group classes for business are a fun way to get employees to leave their desks for an hour to learn and have fun together. The harp is relaxing and proper technique uses muscles in different ways than employees use them at the computer.
Let your employees relax their minds and have fun for an hour so they can be more creative and productive when they get back to their workspace. Classes can be centered around creative thought, discipline, or memorization/learning techniques. Most of the time though they are just for fun and team building.
Class rates depend on how long the classes are, how long the commute is, and how many harps are required. The instructor will bring harps with them for your employees to use.
Master Classes are open performance classes with oral feedback on stage. Master classes are given both by Alexandra and by many colleagues across the world.
Master classes help train students and professionals to make quick changes. They are also a way to get a lot of information about many pieces from many performers in a short amount of time from someone you don't normally study with.
Our 2015 Online Master Class series will start in Early June with classes by Kathleen Bride and Ela Szmyt. To sign up, please go to the resource page and register for the class. Up to 8 performers will be chosen per class. You can also choose to audit the class for a small fee.
Past master classes have included:
Patricia Masri - Fletcher
Angel Padilla Crespo
Robin Gordon Cartier
Workshops tend to deal with one idea or issue. A workshop means everyone involved in the meeting is going to be participating in some way.
Workshops can be:
How to play impressionist music
How to put chamber/concerti together
How to memorize quickly and efficiently
How to practice
Basic Techniques of all of the major schools and how to use them
How to prepare for auditions both college and professional
Creating a Resume
Setting up a gig book and being prepared for your first gig
Not only does Alexandra give workshops, but she also does workshops together with many colleagues. Workshops are meant to be both educational and fun. If you don't see your topic listed above, Alexandra can work on a workshop that does fit your needs or she can find someone who she feels can do it better.
While working at Salvi, I got questions weekly about how to find colleges and how students needed to prepare. The one thing I heard from both local students and parents of international students was that the counselors or harp teachers they knew didn't know how to help them with the college process other than to tell them to do internet research or send them towards their alma mater. This has always been a difficult process. I remember going to college fairs when I was in High School and most of the admissions staff didn't know whether the school had a music program much less a harp program. Many teachers are from a generation where you went to school where your teacher went to school or the University that was ten miles from their home. You can't expect that they know everything. In addition, many of the students today are first or second generation Americans with little to no experience dealing with the US system of higher education. This seminar is built to help students from all walks of life, age, and experience find the school that is right for them.
The Orange County Harp Society Board with a lot of help from the President Emeritus, Susan Roth, helped me to put together a three part workshop for students. It took a lot of researching and writing from all of us as well as working on presentations.
The workshop is best used throughout the college process from Freshman through Senior year so that by the first day of Senior year the student feels confident in their college preparation and has their resume, arts resume, common application, and repertoire well under way before school starts. This seminar's focus is to allow parents and students to be relaxed and ready for auditions rather than struggling to find colleges with music programs.
This first date begins with a presentation:
What a music school education looks like
How a double major works
What is expected of auditioning students
How financial aid works
What activities and classes a student should have
What testing the students should take, etc...
There is a workbook that is handed out for the student to start preparing for the process and we will fill out many things together.
The second date is to go over:
What is required in college essays
What should be prepared for the audition
What music theory is required and how to prepare
The third date is in Master Class format. Each student will prepare their college list and the audition repertoire required. They will come with an excel spreadsheet of the audition dates, required repertoire, Professor with details, and they will be prepared to play at least one piece from their college list. Generally we will put together a jury panel of college professors to give written and oral feedback about the performance and what needs to be changed before the audition.