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Brazilian Music Institute / Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment (hours per day)?

The Brazilian Music Institute requires a minimum of two hours per day, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. for individual instrument/voice workshops, from Monday through Friday. For those who wish to participate in the final concerts on Friday and Saturday, there may be additional rehearsal time in weekday afternoons.

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Is there a schedule for the week?

Yes, May 22-27, 2017. Mornings feature all faculty and workshop participants. From 10-11 a.m. there are individual workshops and from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. there are group meetings/rehearsals. The afternoons feature faculty and selected workshop participants. Finally, rehearsals for the concluding show are from 1:30-4 p.m.

Everyday attendance is not mandatory for general workshop participants, however it will be required for those who will be performing with the faculty artists in the final concert. 

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Can I participate in more than one instrument segment (i.e. vocals and percussion)?

Yes. However, you will not be able to attend all workshop for all the instrument segments selected, as they are carried out simultaneously. For maximum benefit, the faculty recommends to concentrate in a single instrument segment.

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Can beginners participate in the workshops?

Yes, as long as he/she has a basic understanding of the musical instrument/voice. This year, individual workshops cover guitar, piano, voice, percussion, and horn/woodwind.

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Can beginners participate in the workshops?

Yes, as long as he/she has a basic understanding of the musical instrument/voice. This year, individual workshops cover guitar, piano, voice, percussion, and horn/woodwind.

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Are all participants expected to perform in the concert?

Participants who wish to participate in the final concerts should notify their respective segment faculty during the first workshop. Additional rehearsal time will be required for those elected to participate. The faculty will make an assessment of the readiness of each participant throughout the workshops.

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Is there a screening process?

Yes, initially this is based on the registration form and then screening will take place during the first meeting in order to evaluate the level of experience and training of participants.

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How will the rehearsals be planned?

Main rehearsals for the final concert are from 1:30-4 p.m. daily. However, some rehearsing occurs during the mornings and will be adjusted according to the needs of the show. 

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What do I need to bring to the workshops?

Bring your musical instrument (in case of woodwind/horn or guitar). If you are a singer, percussionist or pianist, appropriate instruments will be provided.

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How many free tickets will I receive for the concert for family members?

The institute will provide each participant with one ticket but does not provide comp tickets to family members or friends of the participants. However, ticket prices are affordable and help support expenses related to space rental, sound reinforcement, etc.

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Will I obtain a certificate of participation?

Yes. 

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