Online Summer Sessions

GTCYS is excited to announce new series of FREE interactive online sessions with GTCYS conductors, staff, and special guests for this summer!

These sessions cover a wide range of musical topics and are geared towards a variety of ages and instruments. Learn about your instrument, practice tips, music history, conducting, and more! To register for a session, please complete the short registration form linked below. GTCYS will follow up via email with additional information, resources, and instructions to join the online session.

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Upcoming Sessions

Deliberate Practice: How Going from GTCYS to Nanotechnologist to the Met Opera Helped Craft a Practice Process for the Uncertainties of the COVID-19 Era

Wednesday, July 15, 12:00-1:00pm – Registration for this session is now closed.
Led by Jason Haaheim, GTCYS Alum ’97
Free and open to percussionists of all ages – other instrumentalists also welcome
Register online by Tuesday, July 14 at 4pm 

We are all experiencing unprecedented times, and young aspiring musicians face a daunting future. Jason Haaheim’s unorthodox career path has illuminated the value of the right kind of practice–deliberate practice–and not just because it is the most effective way to hone your craft on the way to a performing career. Deliberate practice inherently builds a diverse and valuable set of skills that you can (and should!) apply throughout your entire professional life and can help sustain yourself through even the most turbulent and uncertain times. In this hour-long session, Mr. Haaheim discusses his path to the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, how to still be productive lacking access to percussion instruments, the attributes of deliberate practice, and how to begin incorporating this versatility starting now. 

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