practice boot camp



Kiki Barley, piano

Liza Barley, violin and viola

Annie Givler, cello

Jack Kurutz, piano

Kathy Melucci, cello


For tweens and teens (ages 11 - 18) who are playing at an intermediate to advanced level (Suzuki Book 5+ or equivalent) and are highly motivated to build healthy and efficient musical habits.


Applicants should click the button below to apply and must submit a 10 minute video audition including 2 scales and 2 contrasting pieces. More details on application page.

Daily Activities

9:00 - 9:30     Morning Gathering

warm-ups, journaling and reflection, special topics, led by a different faculty member each day

9:30 - 11:00     Supervised Practice

work on your technique, different passages in your music, faculty float between students offering help and suggestions, check in regularly with your practice buddy, another student who is a similar age/level for feedback, encouragement, and accountability

11:00 - 12:00     Music Theory for  Strings or Keyboard Harmony for Pianists

expand knowledge of key signatures, intervals, scales, rhythmic reading and tonal harmony

12:00 - 1:00     Lunch Break (same time as GPSI lunch)

1:00 - 2:00 (Mon., Wed., Fri.)    Musical Influences

learn about a variety of current artists who are doing innovative things in the field of music, listen to recordings, watch videos and hear from special guest speakers

1:00 - 2:00 (Tues. and Thurs.)    Physical Toning for Musicians

understand the anatomy that goes into playing our instruments and the importance of conditioning our bodies and breath and using them efficiently in our craft

2:00 - 3:00     Personal Practice/Ensemble Coaching/Technique Pull-Outs

additional hour of practice, time to rehearse or have a coaching with your ensemble, or a time for teachers to work on special techniques and scales with small groups

3:00 - 4:30     Performance Class/Practice Strategies/Special Events

an opportunity to perform for the whole group with feedback from both students and faculty in a supportive environment, lectures and demonstrations on practice strategies and techniques, presentations from faculty and other special guests