Musica Viva Masterclasses invite audiences to go 'behind the scenes' and discover the unique ways internationally-acclaimed musicians interpret and perform music by the world's greatest composers.
Masterclasses are conducted by artists touring as part of Musica Viva's International Concert Season and provide students, music teachers and audiences of all ages with a fun and unique learning experience.
Every Masterclass is different, exploring a diverse range of classical music in a highly entertaining and engaging format.
In between short performances by young music students and early-career artists, audiences can experience another side to music making as the mentors work with their mentees to break musical works down into smaller parts and examine the historical context and hidden meanings within the music.
Masterclasses are also the perfect introduction to classical music, offering musically-curious audiences an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the world of classical music.
The Musica Viva Masterclass program gives music students the unique opportunity to learn from some of the world’s finest chamber musicians in a variety of learning environments across the country.
Musica Viva works with a number of teaching institutions and music organisations around Australia to select students to take part in the Masterclass program, offering them access to mentoring from some of the best musicians in the world. Open auditions are also held for selected Masterclasses, enabling music students and early career musicians the opportunity to take part in the Masterclass program.
During the Masterclass, students are invited to perform a chosen work for the mentor, who will then work with them on their performance technique and interpretation of the music, in an open-lesson format.
Masterclasses are a highly enriching learning experience for music teachers wishing to develop their own approach to teaching music, as well as a fantastic shared activity to attend with their own music students.
At each Masterclass, teachers will be able to observe a variety of teaching techniques employed by the mentors to enhance the student's playing.
In NSW, attendance at a Musica Viva Masterclass is recognised as professional development for teachers. All applicable Masterclasses are listed on the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards website.
Masterclasses are also well-paired with attendance at a corresponding International Concert Season concert, enhancing the concert experience and vice versa.
Musica Viva’s Masterclass program is supported by principal patrons Stephen Johns & Michele Bender, the Sydney Conservatorium Association (NSW), Lyn Hamill & Ian Dover (Queensland), Wesfarmers Arts (Western Australia), Anonymous Donor (South Australia), and the late Mary Turner OAM (Newcastle).