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What is a master class?


A master class is an opportunity for students to perform in front of an audience and to work with a clinician. The clinician discusses and addresses various aspects of performance and studying, such as musical expression, technical challenges, practice strategies, and more. The audience learns from the clinician through observation. This is such a wonderful opportunity for students to experience feedback from a musician who is active in public performance.  It is also a great opportunity for teachers to observe other fine teachers at work.

Check the events page for details about upcoming masterclasses.

For students wishing to sign up to participate, we typically need the following information:

1. $25 registration fee (additional $30 for non-member teachers) for each participating student. Make checks payable to DMTA.

2. Student name, age, and level.

3. Program information should include: composer; complete composition title, including any opus number or other catalog number; and the section, if part of a larger composition. If there is a specific question about the piece, please submit it in writing along with the registration information.

4. Teacher e-mail and phone number. All DMTA Masterclasses are open to an audience of teachers, students, family members, and the general public free of charge (although we may request a donation to our scholarship fund).

5. Students need to provide their own accompaniment at the master class.

For locations, dates, etc. please refer to your newsletter and/or the Events page.