Frequently Asked Questions

 

It is very important to Strings Without Boundaries to create a safe environment for all of its participants. RA’s will be provided by  SWB  for minors staying in the dorms. 

What age group attends SWB?
Will attendees receive a strong technical foundation at SWB?
Can the parents stay in the dorms?

How is SWB structured?
What is the youngest age you admit?
Should I bring my acoustic or my electric violin?
What if I opt to stay off campus?
Will sheet music for classes be available in advance?
Can I mix the teacher training track with the performance track?

 

If you don’t see your questions answered here, feel free to contact Julie Lyonn Lieberman.

 

What age group attends SWB?
We are an intergenerational summer program and are proud to attract a beautiful balance of all age groups. We find that this stimulates a rich exchange of ideas, techniques, and the kind of community interaction that SWB promotes as a learning model.

Can attendees receive a strong technical foundation at SWB?
SWB offers a number of classes that focus on bowing and left-hand techniques. It’s a common misunderstanding to think that only a classical summer camp can offer technical improvement. The phrase “classical technique” has little meaning, anyway, because the major pedagogues of the world were in disagreement regarding how to hold the bow or position the instrument and the fingers. Our faculty are top-level players who have all invested enormous work into raising the bar in their given style. For example, Julie Lyonn Lieberman studied with the Suzuki of her generation, Samuel Applebaum, author of the “String Builder” series, along with seven other world-class “classical” teachers before choosing American and world styles as her path.

Can the parents stay in the dorms?
 Yes, parents can stay with students in the dorms for the same housing/meal prices as regular SWB participants (minus, of course, tuition); they may also observe classes. See our Guardian/Minor package for the location you’re interested in.

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How is SWB structured?

We offer upwards of 24 classes to choose from each day. Our biggest complaint by the end of the week is that there’s too much to choose from. Some topics are repeated, but offer new repertoire and new information each time, and are often taught by rotating faculty to present varying perspectives.
We believe that students have a lot to offer each other. By organizing based on topic rather than skill level, we have attendees that reflect a wide range of ages and backgrounds in each group. Some sessions are geared for a particular level of experience and will reflect that in their description and title, but we try to present each topic like the layers of an onion, because a professional adult player who has zero experience in that style seated next to a young whippersnapper often have a lot to offer one another.

What is the youngest age you admit?

We typically don’t go much younger than 12, but we have had talented students from 10 and up. Students 12 and under must be accompanied by at least one parent. We don’t take beginners. Students should typically be in Suzuki book 3 or 4 to participate in SWB but don’t have to have a classical background. We combine learning by ear with notated versions of the music in each class.

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Should I bring my acoustic or my electric violin?

Most classes will be held using acoustic instruments, but you will be able to plug into sound systems in some classes, or at the evening rock and jazz jam sessions. You can bring your own mini-amp for specialty classes, though we will supply amps in our Technology for Strings series of classes.

What if I opt to stay off campus?

You are more than welcome to stay at an area hotel or motel. If you stay in a hotel, you can sign up for meals by registering for the commuter package or choose to eat off campus. We recommend that you sign up for at least lunch and dinner across the week so that you have an opportunity to spend time with other attendees. We like to create a community feel, and mealtime is integral to building friendships.

Will sheet music for classes be available in advance?

We often offer downloadable PDF versions of many of the tunes we’ll be teaching right here on the website. We will notify you through our monthly SWB email newsletter when there are downloadable tunes available.

Can I mix the teacher training track with the performance track?

String teachers opting for the teacher training track wlil work with Julie Lyonn Lieberman each morning from 8:30 to 9:30 and then again from 7 to 8:30 in the evening. They will also be free to take advantage of our diverse sessions across the rest of each day.

Can I get Graduate credit if I don’t take the Teacher Training?

New in 2014: Yes, you can get Graduate Credit just for attending SWB and filling out a log that you hand in. Since it’s a little bit more difficult for Julie Lyonn Lieberman to fill out the paperwork to process your grade without having the pleasure of your company in the Teacher Training track, there will be a small additional fee.

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