Is the O'Connor / Berklee String Program for me?

Am I eligible?

The three tracks of the Mark O'Connor/Berklee College of Music Summer String Program are designed to accommodate players across a wide range of ages and achievement levels. See the descriptions below to determine which track is right for you.

  • Mark O’Connor/Berklee College of Music Summer String Program (June 23-27, 2014): Provides an opportunity for string players at an intermediate or advanced level—as well as professional musicians and teachers—to study with world-renowned string players and educators, including resident Berklee faculty.  Applicants under the age of 15 will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please follow the instructions outlined on the application form for consideration.
  • O’Connor Method (June 23-27, 2014): Offers a motivational camp experience for students of violin, viola, cello, and double bass for students as young as 6. Class levels range from beginners (with at least six months experience) to students in O'Connor Book III, Suzuki Book 4 or equivalent.  Students from other method backgrounds are also welcome. The camp provides an environment in which students learn by ear and through reading printed music. Students will receive individualized schedules according to age, instrument, and level. Electives—including European Chamber Music, How to Jam, Write Your Own Fiddle Tune, Contra-Dancing, Singing, and Improvising—are popular features of this camp.  Supervised free periods give students a chance to interact informally with other students and to form bands and ensembles to practice arranging skills. Daily recitals and all-camp jam sessions provide an outlet for “camp creations.”  A showcase on Friday afternoon will present a sampling of the camp activities. Parents are welcome to accompany young students during the program.
  • Teacher Training Program (June 27-29, 2014): O'Connor Method Teacher Training, including 15 hours (3 hours Friday night and 6 hours each on Sat & Sun) of in-depth training in underlying principles of American music traditions and step-by-step technique building.  Teachers may choose to either take Class 1: Basic course taught by Melissa Tong covers Book I and II and Orchestra Method OR Class 2: Advanced course taught by Pamela Wiley covers Book III and Book IV.  Prerequisites for Advanced course is having certification in Teacher Training for Book I and II. There are no prerequisites for the basic course. Teachers may not take both classes simultaneously.  One graduate credit is available for an extra fee. All instruments are welcome for both classes.

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