many participants are accepted in each Practice Marathon
A maximum of twelve musicians are invited to attend.
kind of program does each participant pursue in
a Practice Marathon Retreat?
The program for each participant is custom-tailored
to both their repertoire needs and skill needs.
You choose your repertoire and you choose what to
focus on in your practice. The daily workshops reflect
the unique program of each of the participants.
Information of every kind is offered, if requested.
what way is the Orchestral Excerpts Retreat
different from the other Practice Marathon
In the Orchestral Excerpts Retreat the emphasis
in the workshops is on preparing for an audition.
We discuss what the audition committees are
listening for in each excerpt, and, each participant
performs in two or three mock auditions during
the retreat. Therefore, participants whose
primary goal is to work toward auditions are
accepted. The repertoire covered includes
solo audition repertoire as well as excerpts.
what way is the Performance Power Retreat
different from the other Practice Marathon
Performance Power Retreat is designed
for musicians who are yearning to develop
their performing personalities, to tackle
everything from stress management to
charisma. It is the only retreat which
ends in a public performance. Excellent
pianists are available for rehearsals,
workshops, and performances; and the
workshops are oriented toward solving
performance problems, such as managing
stress before and during the performance,
managing practice to perform with conviction
and excitement, creating a compelling
interpretation, maximizing projection
of the interpretation in a hall, rehearsing
with a pianist, and commanding the stage.
Each participant brings one collaborative
accompanied work, such as a sonata,
which they have performed before. The
aim is to work on interpretation and
performance, and to avoid being distracted
by learning new notes. At the end of
the two week retreat, each participant
gives a videotaped public performance
at the beautiful stone church in Gilbertsville,
New York. The recording is available
to take home. During this retreat, each
participant rehearses each day with
the pianist. There is a surcharge of
$250 for this service.
If I am working on an audition, will it
be meaningful to attend a retreat other than the Orchestral
Yes! In the Orchestral Excerpts Retreat all of the participants
are working on auditions and everyone plays two or three mock
auditions during the session. In the other retreats, you may
be the only one practicing for an audition, but you also have
an opportunity to perform in mock auditions.
There is no scholarship available. However, interest-free extended
payment plans of up to 10 months are available.
is a day at Magic Mountain Music Farm like?
morning begins at 7 a.m. when your personal butler reads a poem
outside your door. If you get up at that time, you have an hour
before practicing can begin. Practicing is from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
You make your own breakfast, the fixings for which are purchased
according to your desires before you arrive. You design your day
within the constraints of the following scheduled events: a one-hour
workshop at 11 a.m.; lunch at 1:15 p.m.; one-hour individual lessons,
which are scheduled three times a week; dinner at 7 p.m. and a
one-hour evening workshop at 8:30 or 9 p.m. There is a fitness
room for exercise, or many acres of fields and woods. Our nearest
neighbor is one-half mile away. Lunch preparation and cleanup
is shared. Every other dinner is prepared by our incomparable
in-house chef, Susan Sebeck. The other dinners are prepared communally
from easy-to-follow recipes by 3 people at a time. Preparing a
meal together is a great relief from the solitude of practicing
and all find it collegially fulfilling. During the unscheduled
time, you have up to seven hours of intense, distraction free
practice time to use as you wish.
are the workshops like? Are they like traditional Master Classes?
workshops the participants get together twice a day with Burton
Kaplan to explore "the process" of practicing. In order
to examine and understand the process of practicing as objectively
as possible, participants are asked to practice in front of each
other. Each is asked to act exactly as they would if they were
alone. This is a very sensitive matter. Therefore, the atmosphere
of the workshops is informal, calm and non-judgemental. New strategies
are offered and each participant is guided to try them before
going back to their practice space.
have seen MMMF advertised for violinists, violists and cellists.
I can understand a violinist teaching all of those instruments,
but how can he teach a wind, brass and harp player or a pianist?
The principles of practice management
and strategies for developing advanced interpretive and
technical skills as developed by Burton Kaplan are the same for
all instruments. Click here
to read comments from woodwind and brass players as well as pianists
and harpists who have attended either a Practice Marathon Retreat
or a Performance Power Marathon Seminar conducted by Burton Kaplan.
you accommodate participants with special diets, i.e., vegetarian,
allergy prone, etc.?
the food is custom-tailored to your diet. Before you come you
fill out a Personal Needs Sheet explaining your individual needs.
If you tell us what you need, we accommodate you.
additional information, phone Practice Marathon Retreats: (212) 662-6634.
(607) 263-9647 E-mail
Address: Magic Mountain Music Farm
817 West End Avenue - #11E
New York, NY 10025
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