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20 Workshop Ideas

While those of us in Australia are starting to rug up for the winter, I know that the summer break is quickly approaching for the rest of the world. The summer break can be a fantastic opportunity to refresh and revitalise with a well-earned rest, or to undertake your own professional development. It is also an excellent opportunity to expand the skills and knowledge base of your existing students, and to attract new students to your studio by running summer workshops.

Below is a list of 20 workshop ideas –

  1. The Art of Accompanying
  2. Duet Playing
  3. Performance Preparation
  4. Analysis
  5. Musicianship / Aural Skills
  6. Intensive Theory
  7. Audition Preparation
  8. Song Writing
  9. Improvisation
  10. Composing for your Instrument
  11. Local Composers
  12. Conducting
  13. Beginning Teaching
  14. Exam Preparation
  15. Music History (a series of workshops focussing on different periods of music)
  16. The Music Industry
  17. Recording a Demo
  18. Writing Grant Applications
  19. Putting on a Concert
  20. Performance Practices of Musical Periods (a series of workshops focussing on different periods of music)

I publish a brochure advertising the workshops, which outlines the topics, educational objectives and outcomes. I have also found it useful to recommend an appropriate age range for certain workshops, and with more popular workshops I usually schedule multiple sessions aimed at different age groups. When running the workshops I always provide a list of resources (books, scores & recordings) that have been used throughout the workshop, so that students can follow up on composers or pieces of interest afterwards.

I have had a lot of success advertising my workshops through other private teachers, and in some cases have had interested teachers come along also! Many of the topics are not ‘instrument-specific’; so don’t forget to advertise your workshops to teachers of instruments other than your own, and through local networks such as community choirs, local schools and youth orchestras.

About the Author

Nicole Murphy
Nicole Murphy is a pianist and composer residing in Queensland, Australia. She has been teaching both piano and composition privately and in schools for over 8 years, with students currently ranging in age from four years to eighty-five years. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours Class I) from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and is currently working towards a Masters of Music. As a freela... [Read more]

1 Comment

  1. Phyllis Calderon

    I have been thinking about doing various kinds of workshops the last two summers and haven’t. This year I’ve had a strong desire to do one on music periods/music history. After reading your article, it’s the confirmation I need to go ahead and do it. Thanks!

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