Maybe you've heard of MasterClass.com -- it's the online education company that offers masterclasses on topics such as cooking with Gordon Ramsay, directing with Ron Howard, acting with Natalie Portman, jazz with Herbie Hancock, writing with Judy Blume... and as of today, violin with Itzhak Perlman.
That is right, MasterClass is offering Itzhak Perlman Teaches Violin, a four-hour-long, 19-lesson masterclass video series, accompanied by a written workbook, in which Perlman describes fundamental violin and bowing techniques, practice strategies -- and even how he produces that amazing Perlman sound. Like all the other MasterClasses, it's not free, it's $90/one-time for unlimited access to Perlman's class, or $180/year for an All-Access Pass to all MasterClass's 60+ online classes in various disciplines.
As you can guess, his class is full of wisdom, humor, and great violin advice. How do I know this? Because this particular MasterClass has been my life for the last six months! I'm happy to say that I was part of the production and post-production team that helped create Perlman's class. It's pretty cool, if I do say so myself. Here is the trailer:
Working on this project gave me an even deeper respect for Itzhak Perlman, who at age 73 continues to perform as a soloist, conduct and teach at the Juilliard School, having won honors such as 15 Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In his online class he describes and demonstrates violin technique, but he also tells deeply personal anecdotes and gives practical advice. For several sessions he is joined about a dozen of his Juilliard students, a group of highly accomplished young adults who share their own considerable wisdom about topics such as violin setup and strategies for conquering performance nerves.
Here are some of the lesson categories:
Check it out, and then tell us what you think!
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