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Online Piano Summer School – August 3rd to 7th 2020

Join the faculty of Scotland’s national music school for this very special Online Piano Summer School – an opportunity to improve your technique, confidence and playing ability.

For: Ages 11-16

Level: ABRSM Grade 6 and above or equivalent

Times: 9am to 2pm daily

Participant and Observer places available – age and level restrictions apply

About

Last year our very successful piano summer school brought young people from around the world together in Edinburgh to learn from our inspiring teachers, in an atmosphere that was supportive and fun. This year, due to restrictions on travel and requirements for social distancing we have taken that same course and developed it into a format that is suitable for online learning.

Although the format is slightly different, our focus remains the same  - the Online Piano Summer School will provide you with an excellent way to improve your technique, confidence and playing ability whilst having fun at the same time. It is run by the experienced staff of our Keyboard Faculty and is led by Helena Buckmayer and John Cameron. You can take part as either a participant or observer although age restrictions still apply.

The Programme:

 The programme will include:

  • Individual lessons with the faculty
  • Performance classes
  • Technical clinics
  • Daily workshops
  • Multi-piano collaborative project
  • Yoga and Alexander technique resources
  • Masterclasses with  Steven Osborne and Danny Driver 

 

 

Who will teach on the Online Piano Summer School?

The course will be led by our Assistant Director of Music and Head of Keyboard, John Cameron and Helena Buckmayer.

Additional 1 to 1 lessons will be available on an optional add-on basis from other members of the faculty.

How will the course be delivered?

Most teaching will comprise classes delivered using Zoom where participants and teacher can come together in a ‘live’ environment. Some classes will be submission-based, whereby you will be asked to submit a recording of your playing and will be given feedback via Zoom. There will also be elements that include pre-recorded video material which will be sent to you.

Full guidance on how to use Zoom will be provided before the start of the course.

   

What about safeguarding in an online environment?

As a specialist music school, we work with young people age 9 to 19 every day. Keeping all of our pupils and our course participants safe is our first priority. We deliver all of our online teaching using Zoom, all our teaching staff have government-issued PVG certificates that allow them to work with children, and they observe strict rules in relation to online lessons. Strict protocols are also adhered to in terms of who can engage in a Zoom lesson and only participants on the course can enter a Zoom room. No personal details are shared with participants other than first names.  We encourage parents to be in the room (but not participate) whilst live Zoom lessons are taking place.


 

How much does it cost?

The Online Piano Summer School is open to talented young musicians age 11 to 16 who are playing at a standard of ABRSM Grade 6 and above or equivalent.

The cost for Participants is £195 inclusive.

The cost for Observers is £80 inclusive.


 

How do I apply?

To apply as a Participant

You should

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Prepare a short video introduction outlining:
    1. who you are
    2. what piano means to you
    3. your more most recent repertoire
    4. a little bit about what you hope to get from the Online Piano Summer School. 
  3. You should also include a video of you playing two contrasting pieces.

Don’t worry about making your videos professional, simple recordings made on a smart phone are perfectly acceptable. The important thing is that we get to understand a little about your playing and who you are.

Videos should be uploaded to an unlisted youtube channel and the link should be sent to admissions@st-marys-music-school.co.uk

To apply as an Observer

You should

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Prepare a short video introduction outlining:
    1. who you are
    2. what piano means to you
    3. your more most recent repertoire
    4. a little bit about what you hope to get from the Online Piano Summer School. 

Don’t worry about making your videos professional, simple recordings made on a smart phone are perfectly acceptable. The important thing is that we get to understand a little about your playing and who you are.

Videos should be uploaded to a private youtube channel and the link should be sent to admissions@st-marys-music-school.co.uk

To find out how to upload your videos to a private youtube channel click here.

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for applications is 20th July 2020.


 

What did participants say about the 2019 Piano Summer School?

 “I really enjoyed having lessons because you didn't feel intimidated or scared to ask questions about things. I felt very open in being able to just play and not be worried about making mistakes. The teachers were very open about things and really encouraged you.”

“I’ve found the lesson observations really useful – they allow you to see what techniques the teacher uses to help us and what other people struggle with too. It means if you struggle with it too, you're not alone with it so I found that helpful.”

“The technical clinics were great.  We would spend about 10 to 15 minutes each working with something, whilst everyone else was watching. We could basically just ask questions about things that we were finding difficult, and then Helena, our teacher, would help us with that and give us tips. And I found that really useful to do.”

"The yoga was really enjoyable. I’ve never done it before and it was really good for my practice. I know that I definitely want to go sign up for a class of yoga and incorporate that into what I do from now on.

“The course was quite relaxed. It's a relaxed way to learn new things about piano with new people, improve your playing and just overall have fun and because there aren’t big numbers of people you get to know everyone really well."

“I would definitely recommend this course other people because it helps you grow as a musician, not just a pianist, because you collaborate with others, you improve your posture, you improve basically everything.”

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Technical

How do I know if my internet connection is good enough?

A standard broadband connection should be fast enough to fully participate in online classes but we carry out a short trial with you once you are accepted on the course to test your connection speed. You will be able to access recordings of classes for a limited period after the event.

Language

English isn’t my first language can I still take part?

We welcome participants from around the world. As long as you can understand instructions and can communicate well with your teacher then you are welcome to apply.

Applications

When will I know if I have been accepted on the course? 

We will review applications as they are sent in and let you know within 5 days of applying. Because we have limited places we

 

 

Piano Summer School Duos

“I would definitely recommend this course to other people because it helps you grow as a musician, not just a pianist, because you collaborate with others, you improve your posture, you improve basically everything.” 

A performance class

 

 “I really enjoyed having lessons because you didn't feel intimidated or scared to ask questions about things. I felt very open in being able to just play and not be worried about making mistakes. The teachers were very open about things and really encouraged you.”

A 1 to 1 piano lesson with Helena Buckmayer 

 

 

 

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