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Curriculum

School Program

PyeongChang Music Festival & School is committed to providing an outstanding learning experience through the integration of finest quality instruction with innovative and interesting concert programming. The successful student is one with unlimited musical curiosity, passion for the process of music-making, and a worldly interest in learning.

Individual Instrumental Program (Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano)
  • four, one-hour private lessons
  • two, one-hour chamber music coachings for students assigned upon request
  • master classes as assigned
  • student recitals
  • Festival Orchestra for students assigned
  • concerto competition
  • special lectures
  • Distinguished Artists Series student season pass

The core of the program is developing musicianship through individual instruction with a variety of teachers, ensemble opportunities, and master classes. Students are expected to attend master classes for their instrument, and strongly urged to listen to others, as this is a significant part of learning. Opportunities to interact with other artists and teachers include scheduled talks, informal get-togethers, and concerts. The goal of this program is focus and concentration on solo works, emphasizing performance skills and broadening musical ideas through a variety of pedagogical approaches and through listening to peers' and distinguished artists' performances.

Pre-formed Ensemble Program (Existing String Quartet)
  • four hours of chamber music coaching
  • two, one-hour private lessons
  • master classes as assigned
  • student recitals
  • Festival Orchestra for students assigned
  • special lectures
  • Distinguished Artists Series student season pass

PyeongChang Music Festival & School’s highly sensitive and intensive program invites a pre-formed string quartet(s) of outstanding potential, who will be assigned to coach with a variety of established chamber musicians. Recital performance is mandatory. Ensembles selected for this highly competitive program will be considered for a full scholarship.

1. Private Lessons

Students may request up to three teachers with whom they wish to study. Upon acceptance, the School Administration will carefully consider all requests along with individual and performance schedules (which are always subject to change). While every effort will be made to accommodate a first choice, students are not guaranteed their full requests, nor are they guaranteed multiple lessons with their requested teacher.
Staff pianists are available for lessons, rehearsals, concerto competition, and recitals.

2. Chamber Music Program

Those students who are not participating in the Pre-formed Ensemble program may still request chamber music. Assignments are not guaranteed, and will be contingent upon student compatibility, experience, schedules, and coach availability. Groups are not finalized until after arrival as schedules are often still in flux.

3. Master Classes*

Master classes are an integral part of the studio instruction program, as they not only benefit the performer, but also enhance the learning and experience of attendees. The language of instruction is English(in most cases). All will be translated into Korean and are open to the public.

In most cases, students will be assigned to perform in master classes prior to arrival. Students who are interested in participating in master class may indicate this on the application form. If you check "yes", please be prepared with at least one but preferably two possible pieces from which the faculty may choose. Repertoire and students are carefully chosen so that the teachers can focus on material that is of maximum benefit to all musicians. In some cases, open master class slots will be announced upon arrival, and students will be offered an opportunity to apply.

Selection will be made by the Artistic and School Administration with consideration to teacher requests and repertoire selection, and in consultation with the students. Students are required to attend classes for their own instrument, and strongly advised to attend others.

4. Student Recitals

All students are welcome to sign up for recitals, with PyeongChang Music Festival & School faculty recommendation. Performances may be of unaccompanied repertoire or with staff pianist. (The students are responsible for making arrangements for rehearsals) Coached ensembles may be assigned to recitals later in the session, with time permitting and faculty recommendation.

5. Festival Orchestra Participation

The orchestra is a mix of students and festival artists. Students may request to participate on their applications; financial aid recipients may be placed. There will be up to three scheduled rehearsals, and one or more performances.

6. Concerto Competition

One Festival orchestra concert is dedicated to the showcasing of outstanding student soloists through a competition held during the festival. More information will be distributed to accepted students.

7. Rising Star Series

The School recognizes students’ professional accomplishments through the Rising Star recital series. Performers are selected by the School and Artistic Administration, based on audition qualities, repertoire, and submitted CV and resume. Past performers have been prize-winners of international competitions, solo artists with major symphony orchestras, or under concert management. There is no student application process, but it is important to submit clear and complete résumé or CV as requested.

8. Concert Passes to the Distinguished Artists Series

The Festival showcases outstanding performers and music through innovative thematic programming. This popular series is often sold-out, with guests coming from throughout the country. All students receive a student season pass at no additional cost.

9. Conversations with Artist

Through moderated discussions and conversations, festival artist-faculty share their insights, experiences, and humor, when talking about the various aspects of their musical lives and career choices. Students get a real close-up view of life as an artist.

(Updated as of Dec/6/2016)