Technique and Masterclasses

Technique Classes

Technique classes will alternate with masterclasses weekly, at the discretion of the instructors. Students should be prepared to play three octave scales using the Galamian pattern, in various bowings, for the technique classes.


Students should be ready to play a polished piece or part of a piece in masterclasses on a weekly basis. Listening critically is an important part of the masterclass experience. Students should have a notebook and pencil at all classes to take notes.

When guest clinicians are invited to Amici, students will be selected to perform based on readiness and equality of opportunity at the discretion of the directors. Some clinicians will be available only to the older students. Students selected to perform for guests will be notified a week in advance.

Students must dress appropriately when playing for guest clinicians. (no jeans or running shoes) In most cases, this will involve bringing a change of clothes from school. If in doubt about appropriate attire, ask one of the Amici teachers. Those who are not selected to perform in the masterclass with guest clinicians are expected to listen to the class and take notes.

Parents and others are encouraged to attend masterclasses and classes with guest clinicians. Private lessons may be available as well, depending on availability of the clinician. Students will be notified in advance and given the opportunity to sign up.