The JMC’s Young Strings Programme works with a young group of approximately 50 string players, between the ages of 11 and 14, in preparation for future studies at a more advanced level at the JMC.
The programme is directed by Sergei Bresler (violinist from the acclaimed Jerusalem Quartet), and comprises chamber music coaching during the year and residential courses during the four significant school breaks throughout the year (Sukkoth, Hannukah, Passover and the Summer vacations), alongside a number of residential workshops in between. These meetings therefore focus on general issues, including: how to practice, gaining performance experience on stage and in front of peers, meeting with accomplished string players and other famous musicians, and other topics that broaden the students’ musical horizons. In between such meetings, students receive regular and ongoing enrichment studies in music theory and history.
Alongside direct learning, the programme enables students to hear one another and observe each other’s progress, which is an essential tool in their evaluations of their own progress, helping to highlight areas for improvement. They also provide a supportive environment in which these young musicians, who spend much of their time alone practicing, can come together with like-minded peers and share their experiences.
The Jerusalem Music Centre Young String Programme