VP Practice Lab



ViolinPractice.com presents


With Rebecca Henry and Phyllis Freeman

Where technique and musicianship meet

For violinists ages 12-18 at the upper intermediate and advanced levels

Monday – Thursday June 21-24, 2021

10:00-3:00 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

IN-PERSON LAB in Frederick, MD


ONLINE LAB – high-quality streaming

Application and Video Submission Link deadline:  Saturday May 8, 2021

Extended to June 11, 2021

Learn to….

       •  Build technical skills with confidence and fluididity.

                   •. Understand how technique supports musical decisions

                              •  Develop mindfulness & creativity in practice          

Daily Schedule

     10:00  Warm Ups: Etudes, Vibrato, Shifting

     11:00  Scales/Arpeggios: Bow Strokes, Double Stops

     12:00  Lunch

     12:45  Repertoire: Practice strategies for challenging sections

     1:45    Discussion: Time management, practice organization, motivation

      2:15    Musical Integration: Support interpretation with technical choices

We are looking forward to week of discovering ways to practice more efficiently using a variety of strategies and the participant’s creative input.  Participants should plan for an hour per day of home practice to apply the concepts from Practice Lab.

This will be a hybrid environment, in which the In-Person Lab activities will be live-streamed to the Online Lab participants.  An instructor will be dedicated to each Lab, rotating throughout the week, and some activities will include interaction amongst all the students.  Only In-Person participants will submit and perform repertoire excerpts for the Repertoire and Musical Integration sessions.

Application for Practice Lab ’21 requires submitting two forms by May 8, 2021

1. Application Form https://forms.gle/jQf2ZHGncG5psUVa7

2. Video Audition Submission Formhttps://forms.gle/ebFpbqjSESsZHCsv6         


     Video Audition Requirements:

            Two scales, as instructed below, and two contrasting pieces (one may be an etude) demonstrating technical and musical variety.

             Memory and accompaniment are not required.

         Submit three separate video links.

             1. Two scales on one video:

                           Three-octave Bb Major scale, slurring eight 16th notes (Quarter = 50-70)

Three -octave scale, any key, Spiccato, 1 note per bow, 16th notes (Quarter = 70)

             2.  Piece 1

             3.  Piece 2/Etude


Tuition &  Materials


In-Person Lab      (Limited to 12 participants):          $475  

Online Lab           (Limited to 15 participants):          $375  


Teacher Observers (Online only):

Register by clicking here:   


                        Full VP Lab Session (4 days):   $100

                        Day Pass:                                 $  30

                        Free if your student is a participant


         • Acceptance notifications will be emailed within two weeks of receiving the Application and Video Audition Links.

             All notifications will be emailed by May 10.  

         •  Full payment will be due upon acceptance. Your invoice will include details on payment options (PayPal, Zelle, credit card). 

         •  Wait-lists will be maintained for both the In-Person and Online options as needed.

         •  Refunds

a.90% refund with written notification by May 15  

b.50% refund with written notification by June 1

c.No refunds after June 7



-This is our inaugural year and we have extremely limited availability for assistance at this time.



-With your acceptance you will receive a FREE 3-month subscription to ViolinPractice.com, which includes thousands of videos with practice ideas for technique and repertoire.



-Both instructors are fully vaccinated for COVID and will be tested the week prior to VP Lab.  Required social distancing will be maintained, and all faculty and students will be required to wear masks. 



     -Medical Release and Emergency Contact form

     -Online Lab: Technical Information

     -In-Person Lab

  • Details on sending musical excerpts for lab work
  • Drop-off/Pick up details
  • Carpool list (for those who request this on the application from)
  • Lunch information

Feel free to contact us with questions:  info@violinpractice.com   

Rebecca Henry - Faculty, Pedagoy, Peabody Institute and University of Maryland; Co-Chair, Peabody Preparatory String Department; Faculty, Indiana University Teacher's Workshop and Retreat

Phyllis Freeman - Director, Maryland Talent Education Center; Education Coordinator, National Philharmonic


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