Is there a required level in order to participate in the seminars and masterclasses in Labyrinth? Can I attend if I am a beginner in an instrument or a musical tradition, or classes are for advanced musicians only?
The masterclasses are limited to a number of 10 selected students who have already achieved technical proficiency in their instruments. To partecipate to a masterclass the student will be requested to provide us a short CV or description of it’s own musical background and a video or audio recording of a performance (send it to firstname.lastname@example.org)
The seminars and masterclasses at Labyrinth are basically geared to musicians who are already at a medium level and above. The reason for this is that a beginner is much less able to absorb a large amount of information in a short space of time which will then be worked on over the intervening time until the next such encounter. Beginners usually need small amounts of information at regular intervals stretched over a long time.
Having said this however, we have observed that many people who are not at an advanced level and who might not understand or be able to participate in all that goes on in the seminar are nonetheless able to benefit from their participation to quite a considerable degree. This usually depends on the mindset of the student him/herself. Some people are not bothered by their inability to participate actively in all that goes on, and they are happy to simply observe and participate whenever and wherever possible.
In every case, we leave the decision entirely up to the student and we do not include or exclude people from open seminars based on judgements concerning their level.
Do I have to be able to read music score in order to participate in the seminars?
Each of the seminars and masterclasses taught at Labyrinth is conducted in exactly the manner that each given teacher chooses. This is usually a reflection of the different teaching methods used in different cultures. These methods, often the result of centuries of experience, usually turn out to be the most efficient and successful for the tradition in question.
For this reason, the use of written scores is essential to certain seminars and completely unnecessary for others. Certain traditions rely heavily on written music whereas others do not make use of scores.
How is the daily schedule?
The seminars will start at 17 on Monday 28/08
- Monday: 17/20
- Tuesday- Friday: 10/13 – 16/19
- Saturday: 10/13
Can I record or videotape the lessons?
You have permission to record or videotape the lessons for private and archival use in agreement to the single teacher’s preferences.