Masterclasses

Student comments (see reviews)
*  Excellent teacher, full of good energy
*  First rate tuition, expert pianist, careful and attentive
*  Everything excellent in every way
*  Awesome home cooking and amazing restaurants!
*
  Good value considering all inclusive

*  Very, very satisfied

At Montemuse we understand amateur pianists juggling career, family, and practise time are looking for something different from conservatory students.  So our masterclasses are different too.  They’re limited to three particpants and designed to revive former skills after years of neglect, in a relaxed, non-competitive, inspirational setting.

The basics
Dates:           see available dates
Check-in:      from 14.00 Sunday afternoon
Check-out:    from room before 11.00 the following Saturday morning*
Participants:  maximum 3 per course
Standard:      no set standard
Repertoire:    free choice
Partners:       non-pianist partners are welcome.

* courses finish after lunch on Saturday.

Mornings
The day begins at 9.00 am with a leisurely breakfast before the day’s masterclass at 10.00.

These sessions are designed to make you feel at ease, more informal discussion than academic masterclass.  Only three participants per course means everyone gets individual attention.  The aim is to draw on the collective knowledge and experience of the group and learn something new, or perhaps appreciate something already known from a new perspective.

Afternoons
A break for an ‘al fresco’ lunch around 13.00 and then the afternoons are free for personal practise.  Two digital pianos ensure everyone gets enough practise time, and individual private lessons on the conservatoire grand are available by arrangement.

We have more than a thousand piano CDs, a selection of DVDs, a small library of music text books, and 50,000 digitized piano scores for reference (some of them extremely rare) – a wealth of musical resources to learn from or to explore just for fun

And when the music gets too much, become a tourist and explore the nearby cultural treasures and scenic wonders of the region.

Evenings
Evenings are social time, for networking, exchanging war stories, or just enjoying each other’s company.  Pianists and partners gather together at Montemuse after the afternoon’s activities and anyone feeling brave enough (or a tutor) gives a short recital while the rest of us enjoy a glass of wine.

We then head for one of the many local restaurants renowned for its atmosphere and regional cooking.  (All meals are included in course fees).  If there’s a piano, feel free to give an impromptu cabaret – the locals will love you for it!

Finally it’s back to your accommodation, to bed and a well-earned rest in preparation for the next day’s session.