PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS FOR PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS AND TEACHERS

Rupert Guenther is an international concert artist, composer and teacher. His teaching focuses on excellence through specialist professional development in:

  • Violin Technique, Repertoire & Performance
  • Healing Stage-Fright
  • Classical Music Improvisation & Composition
  • Improvisation Teacher Training Courses
  • Electric Violin, Amps & FX
  • Stage & Recording Studio String Technique
  • Relaxation & Meditation for Musicians and Music Teachers
  • Professional Mentoring & Coaching
  • Personal Development & Self Work

Offering:

  • private lessons (confidentiality assured)
  • masterclasses
  • workshops
  • seminars

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VIOLIN TECHNIQUE, REPERTOIRE & PERFORMANCE

INDIVIDUAL ONE-ON-ONE VIOLIN SESSIONS

Levels: expert teaching to advanced students & professional players and teachers.

Fees: AUD$100/hour (terms: payable 5 lessons in advance). All major credit cards accepted.

Location: based n Perth Western Australia, teaches world-wide*
*lessons also available on Skype

Contact: t
o book please contact (+61) 0466 279 087 or click here to email


Scope: classical violin technique & repertoire, professional development including professional coaching & mentoring.

This is an opportunity to further your ongoing professional technical and musical development, audition preparation, or rebuild your technique completely (this usually takes around 3 months). Includes exactly how to prepare and execute all bow strokes (detache, martele, legato, colle, spiccato, up-bow & down-bow staccato, ricochet, flying staccato), technical etudes/studies and concert repertoire, as well as correct preparation and practice for reliable left hand technique, intonation, shifting, vibrato, double-stops, harmonics and stop-harmonics, and raising your tone, phrasing, articulation, intensity, and projection to a soloistic level. Also problem solving for teaching including preparatory exercise systems, and analytic insights for fixing faulty technique.

* all concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Flat-Out Artists Pty Ltd

HEALING STAGE-FRIGHT - general admission

Masterclass: Healing Stage Fright*

open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: one-day masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

Description: Stage-fright is a big issue for some people, and a significant issue for many. If you do get really nervous to the extent that you can’t express yourself or share and enjoy what you really love about music in your performances, this course will enable you to begin to heal your fears around performing, and regain your original inspiration for taking up music in the first place. You will learn practical on-the-spot approaches which will change your whole experience of playing in public, and dissolve the old patterns which caused you to feel anxiety instead of joy. Includes specific take-home techniques and practical tools for on-stage use in even the most demanding performances.

Pre-requisite: open to all musicians (also available formats for public speakers, presenters and teachers doing presentations etc)


* all concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Flat-Out Artists Pty Ltd

CLASSICAL MUSIC IMPROVISATION - general admission

Masterclass: Making Contemporary Classical Music Through Improvisation*

No previous improvisation experience necessary

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: one-day masterclass or ongoing contact sessions.

Description: This is a new breakthrough method of classical music improvisation, which allows classical musicians to create mature, coherent improvised music as a legitimate part of their concert repertoire. It utilises all the wonderful classical training and experience which classical players already have. By learning a few extra practical insights into the four basic parameters which are at the heart of all music over all the ages, it allows classical players to use all their classical training, experience, sensitivity, and nuance in their own concert improvisations, right from the start.

So no need to go back to being a beginner, no need to spend years learning the complicated theory of jazz before you can improvise!

This method allows classical musicians to improvise freely with great depth and meaning, creating their own works and even entire concert programs, giving wings to their own feelings, imagination and life experience, in much the same way that a painter creates pictures onto a blank canvas.

It forms a profound basis for both music composition and interpretation, and additionally, adds energy and insight to every performer’s musicianship whether in improvisation or traditional repertoire.

This systematic method is easily learned and is being acclaimed by professional musicians and university faculty worldwide. It can be taught, learned, performed and assessed to the same high standards which classical music has come to expect.

Successful courses have already been run over the last fifteen years at leading European conservatoriums, including the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, Vienna University for the Performing Arts (MDW) in Austria, the European String Teachers Association (ESTA) National Conference in Sweden, and at most major universities in Australia. Attendees have ranged from professional music teachers, university professors, players from La Scala Milan and Zurich Opera, and distinguished European classical concert artists.

Pre-requisite: open to all soloists, professional classical players, teachers and advanced students who want to start contemporary classical music improvisation or accelerate their progress further.

* all concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Flat-Out Artists Pty Ltd

IMPROVISATION TEACHER TRAINING - GENERAL ADMISSION

Teacher Training for Classical Improvisation*

No previous improvisation experience necessary

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: Ongoing contact sessions.

Description: Teacher training for classical musicians and instrumental music teachers. This course focuses on how to teach classical music improvisation in a clear and encouraging, age-appropriate way. It is suitable for instrumental teachers from primary and high school to university and professional levels. Based on a new breakthrough method (see Classical Improvisation above), this practical hands-on course creates the skills, resources and confidence for classical players and instrumental teachers to teach classical music improvisation in an effective and rewarding way for themselves and their students.

This systematic approach is being acclaimed by professional musicians and university faculty worldwide. It can be taught, learned, performed and assessed to the same high standards which classical music has come to expect.

Pre-requisite: This course assumes an advanced to professional level of instrumental playing skills, and is open to all soloists, professional classical players and teachers who want to teach classical music improvisation.

* all concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Flat-Out Artists Pty Ltd

ELECTRIC VIOLIN, AMPS & FX - general admission

Electric Violin, Amps & FX*

open to violin, viola, cello, and contra bass

Format: one-day workshop or ongoing sessions

Descrition: the complete how, why, and what of going electric for strings. Includes demonstration
and practical instruction in every aspect of going electric: the different types of instruments and their uses, application and contexts of using FX, and a practical understanding of the full range of amps and PAs. This is a thorough preparation for competency in using electric instruments and amplification in all the contexts facing the modern string player.

Every aspect is taught, from light acoustic sound reinforcement and the use of electronics, to rock bands and studio playing, high volume output, extended playing techniques and experimental soundscapes, and on-stage environments.

As an adjunct to this, classes and training in improvisation and various musical performance contexts (both electric and acoustic) are available to maximise professional outcomes in the diversity of the contemporary classical musician's environment.

Also
available by appointment to school and university departments is expert consultation, contacts and guidance to purchase appropriate instruments and amplification if required.

Pre-requisite: a reasonable degree of proficiency on your instrument is necessary.

* all concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Flat-Out Artists Pty Ltd

CONTEMPORARY STUDIO & STAGE TECHNIQUES - general admission

Masterclass: Contemporary Studio & Stage Techniques*

open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format:
one-day workshop OR ongoing weekly contact sessions

Description: this course gives a thorough grounding in the contemporary recording studio sessions and onstage live playing techniques of the industry, as well a practical working knowledge of what is required stylistically for playing in live string and orchestral on-stage sections.

In addition it equips players with the practical expertise, insights and a general understanding of acoustic and electric instruments, which enables them to make wise choices with selecting, using and caring for their instruments in a contemporary context.

Upon request this course can also be combined with the Electric Violin, Amps & FX course in using electric stringed instruments.

Pre-requisite: medium to advanced level of playing proficiency

* all concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Flat-Out Artists Pty Ltd

MENTORING & COACHING - general admission

MENTORING & COACHING

Open to ALL instrumentalists, students, and teachers


Format:
one-on-one and group sessions

MENTORING
Mentoring is a valuable form of professional guidance or supervision, which passes on to the student or artist all the benefits of one who has had a long and successful international career, working both conventionally and creatively as an original concert artist and composer, in addition to profound personal learning, big picture perspectives, hard won playing secrets from a diverse array of musical styles, communication skills, and insights into pitfalls and problem-solving.

COACHING
Coaching is walking alongside the student or artist, assisting them to find their own revelations and answers which are just right for them. It encourages, questions, reflects, and holds the individual to an agreed framework of accountability which is vital for real growth and change to occur. The coaching sessions become a starting point for the person's own internal processes of review and healthy change which they can take with them and naturally evolve throughout their life.

* all concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Flat-Out Artists Pty Ltd

RELAXATION & MEDITATION FOR MUSICIANS AND MUSIC TEACHERS

Relaxation and Meditation for Musicians & Music Teachers*

Format: workshop or classes ongoing

Description: learn relaxation and meditation for inner peace. Simple and effective approaches to self-nurture you can use throughout your day, as well as more traditional sit down meditation styles.

Learn simple techniques for how to be really grounded and present, how to clear your energy field, and develop inner peace through practice, self acceptance and compassion.

Techniques include breathing exercises, visualisation, body awareness & relaxation, and both active and quietude meditation styles. Emphasis is on creating wellbeing outcomes to suit each individual which are attainable and conducive to the high demands of professional life.

Pre-requisite: N/A
(Disclaimer: Rupert Guenther is not a medical doctor. Participants with a history of mental health issues are encouraged to consult their regular health professional before enrolling)

* all concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Flat-Out Artists Pty Ltd