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 who attend our program.

What age group attends SWB?
Will attendees receive a strong technical foundation at SWB?

How is SWB structured?
What is the youngest age you admit?
Should I bring my acoustic or my electric violin?
Will sheet music for classes be available in advance?

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.

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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 program 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 classes.

Will sheet music for classes be available in advance?

We often offer downloadable PDF versions of many of the tunes we plan to teach. We notify registrants through the SWB email newsletter when downloadable tunes are available.

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