A More Excellent Way of String Playing

Peter Slowik, Director of Division of Strings and Professor of Viola
July 26-August 5, 2021

For all advanced string players and teachers.

string teacher working with student on a screen.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones '97

Age range: High school and older

Course Description

Whether you’re an advanced student looking to unlock your talent, a professional searching for a renewal of the joy of practicing, or a teacher seeking seasoned shortcuts to excellence, Slowik’s engaging and challenging approach—“teaching from the inside out”—will enlighten and inspire you. The course blends teacher presentations with student interaction and covers topics including energy flow and the body, sound production, fingerboard geography, and phrasing.

Meeting Times

July 26-August 5
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 8-9:30 p.m. ET

Course Fee: $200/$250
(The higher fee is for participants to engage in a one-on-one coaching during a class with Slowik. These spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  COACHING POSITIONS NOW FULL.

CEU/Hours of Engagement: 10 hours = 1 CEU
(10 hours of viewing videos, workshop discussions, and preparation)

Registration for Summer 2021 is now closed. 


  1. Energy flow and the body
  2. Your brain: Learning and performance
  3. The bow: Using physical forces to create a glowing, ringing sound
  4. Fingerboard geography: Shifting and intonation concepts and mechanics
  5. Use of metronome and recordings
  6. Mechanical choices influencing phrasing: Fingerings, bowing, phrasing, color


Director of the Oberlin Conservatory Division of Strings, Peter Slowik has had an illustrious 40-year teaching career in which he has mentored talented string players all over the world. He was raised in the Galamian and Dounis approaches, and his teaching and performing experience at leading festivals and conservatories has sharpened and broadened his understanding of string pedagogy.