“What could be better than doing the thing you love for a whole week? Impeccable hospitality, flawless organisation, superb food, breathtaking surroundings, and first rate tuition.”
We put together our unique 1-on-1 coaching weeks after realising an amateur pianist juggling career, family, and practise time needs something different from conservatory students. So these sessions are not just the usual masterclasses.
Firstly, be prepared to be pampered dawn to dusk from the moment we greet you at the airport and chauffeur you to Montemuse. An ice-cold prosecco when you arrive, ensuite room, mountain view balcony, al fresco breakfasts and lunches, gourmet dinners at a different restaurant each evening … we could go on!
And then there’s the music – to help you revive skills after years of neglect you have four hours personal tuition each day, unlimited practise, no distractions … it’s an immensely effective way to learn a lot in a short time. And if none of the scheduled course dates are convenient choose your own!
If you like the idea but prefer to come together with a pianist colleague, check out our 1-on-1 for 2 coaching weeks.
Dates: scheduled courses or choose your own date
Check-in: from 14.00 Sunday afternoon
Check-out: from room before 11.00 the following Saturday morning*
Standard: any – from enthusiast to diploma
Repertoire: free choice
Partners: non-pianist partners are welcome.
* courses finish after lunch on Saturday.
The day begins at 9.00 am – breakfast with Director/Principal Tutor Gil Jetley. Then a 3-4 hour session covering whatever you wish – technical matters, interpretative ideas, even theory. If it sounds intense, it is! – but whatever your standard these hours pass all too quickly.
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.
A break for an ‘al fresco’ lunch at around 13.00 and then afternoons are free for practise on the conservatoire grand or the digital in your room, as you like. By the end of the week you may feel like taking an afternoon off, simply become a tourist and explore nearby cultural treasures and scenic wonders. There is so much to do and see.
Each evening you are chauffeured to a local restaurant renowned for its atmosphere and regional cooking (all meals are included in course fees). An Italian dinner is a feast of multiple courses. This is a good chance to get to know your tutor personally, consolidate the day’s lessons, or discuss anything from gardening to space travel! Just don’t expect to be back in bed before 23.00!
“An unforgettable week of music and Italian joy” (student comment).
Public transport is virtually non-existent, so consider renting a car at the airport if you plan to explore more than the immediate locality.