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Review for Heifetz International Music Institute Inc, Staunton, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I loved my experience at the Heifetz Institute. My summer has never been so productive as this one. I loved meeting new faculties every week, getting to see them perform, getting an opportunity to get lessons from them twice per week, and of course! going to communication classes where you can go wild and actually learn something at the same time. I also thank the Institute for giving me generous scholarship which enabled me to participate in this music program. I loved it so much that I am planning to go back again this summer!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The work that my teachers put into me and that which I put into my practicing sessions played a crucial part in my development as an artist. Because I was saturated with much information about the bow and the left hand, I was able to 'teach' myself during the practicing sessions. I've been taught what the standard was for a great violin playing and so I know what to improve and where to place my focus when practicing. As a result of this, I feel more confident playing in front of audiences.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If there was one thing I can change, I would allow one of two student performances optional for students to attend. I sometimes wanted more time to practice and relax apart from music-related things, but I felt like attending three performances per week was a little bit of a work-out for my ears. The first few weeks were great! But towards the end, I felt like my ears wanted to rest a little bit from doing its job. (No offense to the performers. The performances were great!!)

Role:  Client Served & I participated as a violin student.