For the Online International Edition of the Summer Music Festival, we are pleased to present a comprehensive program for students of all ages and ability levels that play the following instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, and Harp. While all sessions are available to students who wish to attend, the program allows each student the flexibility to attend what they are able to handle each day. Please take a moment to check out our detailed Course Catalog and Course Google Calendars.
A Brief Overview of Our Courses
We are pleased to present daily play-in for all instrumentalists, Each Play-In is guided by one of our teaching artists, and accompanied by newly-created accompaniments for works in the public domain. We use a combination of created tracks featuring Spitfire Audio's BBC Symphony Orchestra as well as custom-recorded orchestral backing tracks by members of the California Solisti Chamber Orchestra, with audio sources presented in the highest possible quality.
Currently planned Play-In Sessions for Strings include:
Currently planned Play-In Sessions for ALL Instruments include:
FOR OUR YOUNGER STUDENTS
We have developed a special range of engagements for our youngest and beginning students, including:
FOR OUR OLDER STUDENTS
We are delighted to present a series of supporting units for our older and more advanced musicians on:
MUSIC TOPICS SESSIONS
Students may select from a variety of technique, music theory, movement, and personal development sessions offered by our team of instructors over the week of the festival, with a wide range of age-appropriate courses. Our teachers draw on best practices from early childhood music education methods like Suzuki, Dalcroze, and Orff to provide our youngest students an enriching musical experience to develop their understanding of music, refine their technical skills on their instruments, and acquire performance skills and strategies. Our sessions are fully interactive and do not involve watching extended-length videos. Where video is used, it is only to reinforce concepts presented by teachers in sessions.
Older students benefit from interactions from world-class teaching artists to develop new skills in interpretation, perform for an international audience, and explore topics like music technology, physical and mental health for musicians, and interdisciplinary career possibilities. Our instructors carefully tailor the depth and breadth of our session content to meet the unique needs of each student cohort.
What about private lessons?
At this time of distance learning in an unprecedented pandemic of international scope, we hope that you will seek out your local teachers in your area for private instruction. We support teachers all over the globe, and It is vital that you help nourish The Arts community where you live! If you live in an area where no private teachers are available, we would be happy to help connect you with someone within the nearest geographic location that you can eventually see in person in the future when we have overcome this challenge. Consequently, our instructors at SMF do not offer private lessons to students attending this program.