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Music Workshops in Avignon, France Summer 2015

Whether you are a vocal or piano enthusiast, come and be entertained and challenged in a magnificent setting combining great natural beauty and history, where you can walk as easily in the the hills of the Mediterranean forest (Garrigue) as you can the Avignon ramparts. Enjoy the sounds, tastes and sunshine of southern France on these 3 and 5 day workshops. Combining intensity, humour and the highest standard of musical education, Marlene creates a special atmosphere among her students. It is truly amazing how these courses, challenging yet entertaining, far away from the stress of everyday life can be so uplifting , refreshing and confidence building.

marlene.sweetko@gmail.com

"Marlene is an extraordinary, gifted teacher who transforms her students with humour and understanding into stars!"

- Eva Marszewski, Chairman, Peacebuilders (NGO), Toronto

"It was absolutely fantastic (far above what you could expect). I am really looking forward to come to another workshop !!!!!!

- Isabelle Rojanski, European Commission, Brussels

Summer 2015 Courses

Courses every week (4 days, 5 nights), arrival Monday noon, depart saturday morning. Additional days available pre- and post-course for travel or leisure.

Intermediate Gospel Jazz Popular Music June 15-20 July 13-18 August 10-15

Intermediate-High Intermediate Piano Workshops July 27-31 August 24-29

Individual Piano and Vocal Workshops June 29-July 3 August 3-August 8 September 7-September 12

4 day weekend Workshops in September and October will soon be announced!

"I had many vocal coaches over the years and I can honestly say that Marlene is second to none. Her ability to finely tune and train a voice is truly incredible. She was integral in developing my passion for singing and for music that will last a lifetime, and will always remain a very important person and influence in my life."

- Zoë Paliare, Student-at-Law, Toronto

"Marlene is an extraordinary, gifted teacher who transforms her students with humour and understanding into stars!"

- Eva Marszewski, Chairman, Peacebuilders (NGO), Toronto

"Music has become a must in my life, thanks to you, as is my deepened appreciation for life's finest compositions and composers. Nothing stops me in my tracks more pleasantly than hearing one of "our songs"... I owe it all to you Marlene! I slow down, relax a little more no matter what, and smile from the inside out. It just feels so good."

- Margaret Gibson-Memphis, Tennessee USA

"I started taking lessons with Marlene when I was 8 years old and continued with her until I was 18. Now I am a PhD student in Musicology, teach music at a university level, and produce/write music professionally. Marlene was the best piano teacher I ever had."

- Daniel Rosen, Phd Musicology, London UK

Marlene Sweetko, BA MA

Marlene's Biography

Marlene Sweetko is a vocal coach, pianist, composer, and choral conductor with over 20 years of experience. Marlene studied classical piano and voice at the renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK, has accompanied professionally as a pianist and has been Choral Director at a large regional choir in Leicester, UK. She has written scores for film and television in Canada (her credits can be easily seen by googling her full name), and has a teaching degree (PGCE) in music from the Institute of Education, London University and a Masters in Music Composition from York University, Toronto. She is currently a consultant to the Brussels Sunday Spirit Gospel Choir. She also provides audition coaching to soloists from well-known Belgian light opera and choral societies. Over 200 students of all ages and every european nationality from Malta to Finland have attended Marlene's workshops.

Combining intensity, humour and the highest standard of musical education, Marlene creates a special atmosphere among her students. It is truly amazing how these courses, challenging yet entertaining, far away from the stress of everyday life can be so uplifting , refreshing and confidence building.



Indiviualized instruction

You will get maximum attention from Marlene to give you the tools to really improve your vocal technique and musical skills during the retreat and well beyond! A variety of fun activities in the workshops will address:



  • Breathing technique, posture and relaxation
  • Vocal Warm ups
  • Singing in simple or more complex harmonies (depending on ability)
  • One on one coaching
  • Development of musical memory
  • Performance training for final concert and recording

A dry Mediteranean climate with outstanding scenery, historic towns, and delicious cuisine -These are some of the qualities our location offers to inspire you to make a huge quantitative leap as both a musician and a healthy, relaxed human being.

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