for Artistic Success
Marathon Seminars for Players of All Instruments
THE GAP BETWEEN THE PRACTICE ROOM
AND THE STAGE
Technique & The Art of Interpretation
an 8-1/2 HOUR PERFORMANCE
POWER MARATHON SEMINAR, you will try out new techniques
for harnessing and integrating your powers of mind, body
and spirit when you make music. This session features strategies
to increase the speed of your reflexes and pattern their
rhythmic control, improve left-right coordination, and develop
awareness of phrasing ideas which effect coordination thereby
stimulating greater performance consistency and confidence.
In addition, you will be shown strategies to improve your
interpretative creativity and conviction leading to improved
communication and increased sense of personal fulfillment.
Performance Power is dedicated to giving the serious
musician control of the path between musical inspiration
and performance realization.
of Performance Power Marathon Seminars
by the Participants
was particularly pleased at how well you were able to
capture the essence of each important point in such
a short time, all the while maintaining a sense of continuity
across the whole range of concepts. Of special significance
for me was your highlighting concentration. You hit
the bull's eye here, and I know that everyone present
was most grateful to you for your emphasizing such a
David Cerrone, Director, Encore School for Strings
have participated in two Performance Power Marathon
Seminars, and on each occasion I gained important insights
into my problems and ways for solving them. My playing
and my understanding of how to practice and prepare
for performance have improved immeasurably, and scarcely
a day goes by when I do not consciously call to mind
some of Burton Kaplan's insights. I believe that any
performer, on whatever instrument, would find the seminars
Thomas Mark, Resident Pianist, Newport Coffee Concerts
months of practice and coaching from several musicians,
I had reach an impasse. Burton Kaplan was able to zero
in on some key areas of my technique and practice habits
that enabled me to increase my performance tempos 20%
within several weeks. He created the opportunity to
get to the heart of the matter unashamedly, work on
it, and achieve rapid success."
Dawn Weiss, Principal Flutist, Oregon Symphony
seminar cut my trouble shooting time way down. Now,
I pick out problem spots quickly and can usually find
them easily, instead of killing a lot of time with endless
repetition. It has made me a much more efficient practicer."
Tullis, Violist, Dallas Opera Orchestra
Power is a super-concentrated, ready-to-use-and
enjoy treasure of ideas and tools. Burton Kaplan offers
specific ways to gain access to our own ability as musicians
and storytellers. I highly recommend these sessions
to anyone, regardless of instrument, who desires to
reach higher levels of expression, consistency and satisfaction
in practice and performance."
Frost, Assistant Principal Cello, New Haven Symphony
am writing to thank you for a most inspiring Performance
Power Seminar in Toronto last week. Every minute
of the day was informative and enjoyable. The benefits
to myself and to my students have been immediate and
Katherine Rapoport, Professor of Viola, Royal Conservatory
of Music, Toronto
marathon seminar is the perfect shot-in-the-arm to bring
back the joy of playing my instrument that I once had,
but forgot when I became a working musician. It's important
for me to remember why I became a musician, and Mr.
Kaplan's seminar is the right reminder."
Laura Zaerr, Willamette University Harp Instructor
Kaplan's approach is a perfect combination of creativity
and optimal self-observation without negative judgment.
My practicing has become much more efficient and as
a result, I've become a better player."
Carpenter, Second Trumpet, San Jose Symphony
on just a few items discussed at the seminar helped
me to improve my audition skills. Recently, I won
my first professional orchestral audition! I'd recommend
your seminar to anyone seeking to improve their practice
and audition skills."
Rowell, Double Bass, National Arts Center Orchestra
a Performance Power Marathon Seminar for you?
I imagine that
as a serious musician you have known many ecstatic
moments of musical pleasure; and you must have experienced
your share of frustration, bewilderment, and pain
in the practice room as well. To be sure, practicing
to achieve the controlled spontaneity required to
create musical art is not easy. But, like any craft
it is amenable to intelligent and conscious management.
our weekly one-hour lessons, we barely had enough
time to play through the material we practiced for
six days. There was virtually no time left to be
taught to manage our practicing effectively. Nor
was there an actual method to help us to concentrate,
memorize, manage time, set realistic goals and perform
with consistency and confidence. There were clues
for practicing correctly, but no training method.
In our formative years, we were expected to develop
the precise skills and awareness of an Olympic athlete
as a result of coaching ourselves for fifteen to
twenty-five hours a week, after receiving a maximum
of 60 minutes of advice.
we followed the folk-rules which we picked up "by
ear." We practiced long hours, and repeated
the music over and over and over, rotefully thorough,
persevering in spite of fatigue, in spite of pain,
in spite of not achieving a result proportional
to our effort, often in spite of seeming to lose
ground rather than gain it.
is a growing body of knowledge now available to
relieve you of your music practice bondage. Psychologists
in the more lucrative fields of sports and corporate
business have been evolving techniques of self management
which are equally applicable to the practicing and
performing musician. Burton Kaplan has been gathering
and organizing this information for the musician
for the past twenty-five years.
a participant or auditor in an intimate and intense
Performance Power Marathon Seminar, you will
be cued into precise techniques to make music practicing
a meaningful, manageable and satisfying skill. You
will learn how to control our progress, set achievable
goals, improve your concentration, perform with
greater consistency and comfort, develop your memory,
synchronize your body, mind and spirit, and improve
the elasticity of your muscles as you play. All
instrumentalists are welcome.
additional information, phone: (212) 662-6634
Fax: (212) 662-2916 E-mail
Address: Performance Power
817 West End Avenue - #11B
New York, NY 10025
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