Workshops & masterclasses

Past presenters

Erica Ann Sipes masterclass

I love to speak to teachers, parents, and students about practicing and performing. Based on the group's age level, interest, abilities, and needs I will work with you to come up with a workshop that will cover what will be most helpful to your particular group. 


I am also available to give masterclasses or open practice sessions. I highly recommend this as part of the package so that participants can experience my practice techniques and approaches in action.


Some examples of the workshop topics I have covered are:


  • Behind closed doors: a look at what typically happens in the practice room and what we can do to improve our practicing
  • Lighting up your brain: expanding what we do in the practice room to engage more of our brain
  • Building blocks of effective practicing: must-have tools for ensuring practice success
  • Musical Investigations: helping our students see the notes on the page as musical language (designed for educators)
  • Transforming the practice room mindset: helping students shift from negativity to positivity in the practice room


Contact me for pricing and to discuss possible workshop topics.

  • Virginia Music Teacher's Association:  State-wide conference
  • VMTA Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Roanoke, Blacksburg, & Tidewater chapters
  • Pensacola, FL Music Teacher's Association
  • Tuesday Morning Music Club, Roanoke VA
  • CelloWorks studio, Blacksburg, VA
  • Richmond Flute Fest
  • West Chester University, PA
  • Virginia Tech Music Department, VA
  • Radford University, VA
  • Virginia Governor's School for the Arts Summer Camp, Radford University, VA