OUR MISSION

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PUBLIQuartet’s educational mission is to share their eclectic pool of knowledge with young aspiring musicians. In addition to their rigorous training and work in the field of Classical music, the members of PUBLIQuartet bring a collective set of experiences from the worlds of Jazz, Electronic, Rock, and Experimental music. PUBLIQuartet aims to reach students of all skill levels and all types of backgrounds to share their Educational Workshops in chamber music techniques, string improvisation of various styles, as well as techniques for orchestral string section playing.

IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP

PUBLIQuartet has developed an educational curriculum to explore the skills of musical improvisation. Fun and interactive workshops focus on the basics of improvisation through games, demonstrations, and simple exercises that explore the language of music: rhythm, harmony, melody, texture, and imagination. Sessions are designed using incremental, achievable steps that enhance a student’s confidence in developing the skills needed for on-the-spot music making. Workshops increase a student’s appetite for active participation in music while building strong musical and instrumental technique. Improvisation sessions can be customized for all ages and skill levels. See our Repertoire page for sample workshops.

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What teachers and students are saying about the PQ Improvisation Workshops:

It was a fantastic experience. My mind was opened up to all these new musical possibilities, and my passion for music was totally refreshed.
— Max, cello, Norwalk, CT
The students LOVED the improvisation workshop. The members of the PUBLIQuartet were inspiring in their performance, engaging from start to finish and clear in their directions. The kids were able to improv with rhythm, melody, and texture by the hours end, with many students taking on the chance to improv a solo during the big group “jam.” I certainly hope to have the quartet back again to build on what they have started. After 3 full hours of violin group, orchestra, the improv workshop, and after a long day of school, they all went home at 6:00pm still bubbling with energy. Today they experienced another side of music, one that I too am now excited about exploring more myself.

— Whitney Lee, Violin Faculty/String Ensemble Director at Turtle Bay Music School's Strings Program at P.S. 116

CHAMBER MUSIC WORKSHOP 

PUBLIQuartet offers group workshops, public masterclasses, and private coachings for string ensembles of any skill level and age range including duos, trios, quartets, and quintets. PQ coaches fundamental music-making skills including listening, rehearsal technique, instrumental technique, and theoretical knowledge of the music. They approach each coaching based on the individual group’s needs and skill level through fun, intensive, and thought provoking lessons on standard repertoire. Chamber music is an essential experience for musicians seeking to strengthen their musical intuitions and to find their artistic voices. Our workshops will foster both precision and creativity in the music-making process.  

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OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Stylings of the Improvising String Quartet

Interactive concert, demonstration, and Q&A with student participation for classes without instruments

30-45 minutes, ages 5-14, beginner to advanced

PUBLIQuartet performs some of their favorite crowd pleasers incorporating their unique improvisational abilities. The pieces on this program, composed by PQ and friends, are built on the different rolls that occupy the musical space: rhythm, bass, melody, harmony, and texture. PQ’s unique improvisational background allows for highly interactive workshops, allowing for the students to actually participate and perform alongside PQ. Students’ ears and focus will be challenged in a safe setting with directed questions regarding the sounds they hear, how PQ creates them, and what effect the sounds have on the listener.

Condozer (Student Conductor Composer)

Interactive concert, demonstration, Q&A, and structured class improvisation and composition for classes with string instruments.

45 minutes, ages 8-14 beginner to advanced

PUBLIQuartet will teach the students about the 4 parts of music (rhythm, bass, melody, harmony, and texture) through short performances and demonstrations, which will lead into an interactive composition game for the students, called Condozer. In this game students compose an improvisation piece by conducting and directing the class with hand gestures that correspond to the various parts of music. This game is always a big hit with students.

MIND THE GAP

Advanced improvisation and composition workshop.

45-90 minutes, available for multiple sessions, high school or college-level students

PUBLIQuartet presents an in-depth approach to composition and structured improvisation through challenging and comprehensive exercises in rhythm, harmony, melody, bass, and texture. Students will learn their function within an improvisational setting, and with their learned musical skills, will be able to improvise and transform written material.