Type of Seminar:
Α) Master Classes & Open Seminars
- Master Classes (MC):
The Master Classes target students from a high-medium to an advanced level and the number of participants is limited to a maximum of 12. These classes are taught by teachers of a very highest caliber and, in this way, we hope to make the best possible use of them. The main emphasis in the Master Classes is primarily musical matters such as interpretation, improvisation, advanced theory, etc. and there is only a limited focus on technical matters in the context of special technical aspects relevant to the playing of the teacher in question. The general technique as such isn’t the subject of Master Class as it is assumed that the student is already accomplished in this field. In other words, Master Classes afford the opportunity to exceptional and unique musicians/ teachers to impart the maximum amount of knowledge to students who are at least reasonably capable of absorbing it in the very short time of one week ascribed to each seminar.
- Open Seminars:
They are focusing on general aspects of specific instruments or of specific vocal traditions. These seminars target students whose level is that of a low-medium category and there is much more emphasis on aspects of general technique as well as on basic theoretical groundwork. The maximum number of participants for the open seminars is 20.
Β) Music Groups, Instrument Centered, Vocal/ Singing
- Instrument Centered: Τhe seminars in which the subject of study is a particular musical instrument or a family of musical instruments. The student can participate in them as long as they have the instrument and if already have a basic level of it.
- Music Groups: These are seminars in which the subject is a particular musical tradition of an area. Teachers come from and teach elements of this tradition. In these, the student can participate no matter the musical instrument or with voice, without restriction. Music groups include composition and orchestration seminars.
- Vocal/ Singing: These are the seminars in which the students participate with their voices. The subject of study is the singing in various traditions (e.g. Bulgarian singing) from which the teacher comes from.
Level of Seminars:
- Beginners: Beginners are those who are in their first 6 months of interaction with their instrument of choice and who do not have previous experience on another instrument. They are usually not yet able to perform an entire composition and are as yet without rudimentary theoretical knowledge.
We have on several occasions noticed that often students of a not so advanced level find themselves in the company of other advanced students and that the inevitable gaps in their knowledge prevent them from being able to effectively follow what is being taught. If a beginner wants to participate in an open seminar, he has to know that the teacher will not focus on him.
- Basic Level: The Basic level is one at which the students are familiar with and able to execute the essential rudimentary techniques relevant to their instrument. They are also able to execute simple material from the repertoire of their instrument correctly albeit without all of the ornamentation characteristic of a complete rendition of the piece. They should also be familiar (where relevant) with the basic concepts and structures of the theoretical aspect of the tradition to which their instrument belongs.
- Intermediate level: The intermediate level is one at which the students are considered to be competent exponents of their chosen instrument as well as capable of performing compositions from the entirety of the repertoire of the instrument at an acceptable level. At this level a student is capable of performing within the context of a concert but not yet as a soloist.
- Advanced Level: At this level the student is a full-fledged musician capable of performing as a soloist on his/her instrument as well as to engage in teaching activities. Advanced students are suitable for master-classes, too.