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By the time a young musician has achieved an intermediate level of playing, it is time for them to take part in one of the most rewarding experiences that music provides: the opportunity to play chamber music.
Chamber music is a musical experience like no other. The repertoire is beautiful. You can hear every voice. And as a player, you’re not just one of sixty people following a baton. You’re one of four people sharing a conversation. This makes every musician’s part important: everyone has to communicate and learn how to lead one another. You are always concentrating, always involved, because your voice is essential. Because the level of repertoire is so high, chamber music is the “musician’s music.” It will put you in the path of great people and great musicians for the rest of your life.
Here are just a few of the many reasons to include chamber music in your young musician's education:
Accelerate learning: There is simply no faster way to improve as a musician than playing chamber music.
Develop creativity: Chamber music is highly creative. Young musicians work together to develop a vision for the music and learn to creatively problem solve.
Turns students into leaders: For young musicians who play in a youth or school orchestra and wish to be leaders of their sections, chamber music will prepare them with the exact skills they'll need.
- Big practice motivator: There's nothing like playing with other young musicians in a high responsibility setting to inspire more practicing.
A place for all personalities: A chamber group is small enough that both introverts and extroverts feel at home and have a big say in the final product.
Crucial life skills: In addition to musical skills, working with other young musicians in a chamber group teaches you skills to succeed in life. In a now-famous internal study at Google, researchers found that certain skills, all which are practiced in chamber music, were even more important than STEM skills when identifying the strongest employees: "being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others' different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas."
Performance opportunities: There are many opportunities for small ensembles to perform, from recitals to volunteer performances in the community.
"They are getting together every week to rehearse on their own. It's really exciting to watch!" —parent of a string quartet cellist
I'm excited to introduce a new chamber music program for the 2018-19 academic year for young musicians. I am currently recruiting for the first semester of this program. The young artists will be placed into trios or quartets, and each group will receive weekly coachings, once per week during the school year. Students new to chamber music will study all of the foundational skills of playing chamber music, as well as complete a curriculum that will have them playing great classical music as soon as possible. Advanced students will have the opportunity to focus on their favorite repertoire and receive coaching and feedback. Regular studio classes will give chamber groups the opportunity to perform for each other, make friends, learn from guest teaching artists, and work on new chamber music skills together in an inspiring environment. At the conclusion of the semester-long program, we will have a celebration concert open to family and friends.