The Audition Lab is a 6 or 12-week real-time interactive group coaching program. In the Lab, you will develop a personal system to prepare for, perform and process auditions. You'll get a dedicated cohort for peer support and Audition Lab coaches holding you accountable. Friends, it’s time to kick the strategy of “let’s see what happens” to the curb!
I need a fresh start!
Does this sound like a familiar voice? “I need a fresh start! Looking back on my preparation during the past 12 months, I lacked a clear plan of how to make progress. I was so worried about getting back in shape and feeling behind the curve, I lacked the insight and understanding of how to get there. I thought I was doing all the right things, but in hindsight, I wasn't 😭😿😢 ."
That was an email we got from a student recently. She committed to taking two auditions in the next 6 months, and feels like she's in the deep end!
There is a better way, and you know how we know that?
Because we’ve all walked this road, asked the same questions and had the same doubts before. Hi! We are Ixi Chen, Tiffany Valvo and Ralph Skiano. We’ve spent the past 2 decades helping others create systems and strategies to increase confidence on stage, be more efficient in the practice room, and play with conviction, communication and ease. We have all won auditions, we're teachers, performers and most importantly, we care deeply about helping you realize your full potential!
We believe when you’re empowered with awesome information and people that are here to hold you accountable, you can achieve more than you thought possible. So, if you’re struggling because you don’t feel your preparation is enough, have crippling performance anxiety, can’t quiet that negative self-talk, or you’re just not sure how to get started with practice, the Audition Lab is going to help you create a strategic and achievable plan, and learn how to stand out on the audition stage.
Let's get you into results mode!
"Give me six hours to
chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four
sharpening the axe."
- Abraham Lincoln
Seasoned audition veteran Ralph Skiano, principal clarinetist of the Detroit Symphony and author of Behind the Screen: A Winner's Guide to Preparing Your Next Audition
The Audition Lab
Oct 10-Nov 14
6-weeks of LIVE group coaching every Sunday at 7:30pm ET coupled with video content and resources based on Skiano's book!
The Audition Lab + Coaching POD
Oct 10-Jan 8
Based on your instrument and specific audition, you'll do the first 6-weeks and then join a POD to get deeper into individualized coaching for your excerpt list. Current coaches for these PODS listed below and also TBA!
Live group coaching each week to rewatch later. Lifetime access to additional video lessons from Ralph and PDF resources to support your learning. A community of people to rely on. And we've always got more up our sleeves!
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INTRODUCING YOUR POD COACHES & NEW SQUAD!
If you sign up for the 12-week program, the second 6 weeks you will be put into a small pod based on your instrument.*
What you need to know about the PODS:
🟠 Group coaching will continue each week in PODS, centered around individualized attention and feedback!
🟠 There will be plenty of opportunities to play both informally and formally + participate in more mock auditions.
🟠 In addition, Ixi and Tiffany will be there behind the scenes making sure you don't need anything, and helping you follow through.
🟠 This will be a space to “nerd out” with instrument-specific concerns and into the nitty gritty.
🟠 This POD give you a new little squad of people to report back to, share wins with, and, yes, commiserate with when necessary!
🟠 As much as it can be tempting to think all you need is more hyper-focused work on your excerpts, we believe this fully: the first 6 weeks of the program where you will take a step back and assess your methods, approach and strategy is CRUCIAL to your success, and will make the second 6 weeks that much more powerful.
*Pending enrollment numbers, these are the current coaches ready to lead a pod! However, it's impossible to predict how many coaches we need until everyone is registered. Know this: we guarantee that whoever leads your POD will be awesome.
You should join the Audition Lab if you:
- are ready to ask questions and create better systems 🙋♀️
- are ready to get to work and apply everything you're learning week-to-week 💪
- have an audition coming up and want extra motivation and support 👏
- know taking auditions is on the horizon, and want to get a head start on establishing a thorough process before the time comes ⏱
- want a group of people who truly care about your success and learning cheering you on 📣
- are ready for a transformation! 🎉
Oct 2: Deadline to get $50 off with code LAB50
Oct 8 @ 11:59pm: Enrollment ends
Oct 10 @ 7:30pm ET: Program starts
▶︎ WEEK 1: PREPARE Coaching this week focuses on making the decision to commit to an audition, gathering materials, creating your listening list and audition book, the "audition-mode" warm-up, making a plan for physical and mental toughness, and creating your practice chart.
▶︎ WEEK 2: PRACTICE PHASE ONE You'll learn how to get familiar with the repertoire, and lay a foundation for highly technical excerpts. Practice routines are the name of the game here!
▶︎ WEEK 3: PRACTICE PHASE TWO Get to work! You'll learn how to create a rotation system for your excerpts with practical suggestions for setting goals, using your recording device, using a timer, and creating practice tracks.
▶︎ WEEK 4: PRACTICE PHASE THREE Get Performing! This week you'll learn to practice performing: creating randomized rounds, thinking about mini-recitals, and how to approach mock auditions.
▶︎ WEEK 5: PRACTICE PHASE 4 Get Inspired! Learn how to record yourself in this phase, how to listen, and get inspired to play your best. Staying in that positive, excited mindset is key.
▶︎ WEEK 6: PERFORMING THE AUDITION It's audition time! You're planning how to use your time in the hotel, at the audition and after you play.
▶︎ WHAT NEXT?
Choose to continue Audition Lab coaching with 6 weeks of small group AUDITION POD support! Based on your instrument and specific audition, you can opt to join a pod to get deeper into individualized coaching for your excerpt list. Or...
Choose 1:1 coaching and lessons.
Support is offered to all Audition Lab students via ongoing course office hours!
* A TRANSPARENT NOTE ABOUT PRICING!
We are all about honesty here at Music360. The value of this program far exceeds what we are charging. It's impossible to put a "value" on all of this, but we'd say this price is at least 60% off. Think about a couple of things... the amount of experience all of us, Ralph and our guest faculty have collected to be able to present this information takes years to build! Some people charge more than this for a single lesson! But, you're going to be the first group, the "inaugural cohort" to go through this course. And we sincerely appreciate you trusting us. We also ask for your honest feedback as we go through the course; we're here to get it right! Just know this: the course will never be offered for this price again. We don't want anyone to be surprised when we launch it again!
Why not just buy Ralph's book and call it a day?!
- Hearing the information live is quite different than reading the book. It's like a live video book... with feedback! Take that, Audible.
- We're meeting each week; having accountability can make all the difference!
- Being on a timeline to complete things set by someone else is motivating
- Getting feedback on your progress is key, it gives you new perspective, and helps you adjust things to keep making progress
- You'll not only learn from Ralph and other guests and coaches, but you'll learn from each other!
- You'll be able to ask questions freely. Asking a book questions doesn't always go so well ;-)
- We all need some encouragement, and that's why real live things with real live people are awesome!
Hi there! We are, from left to right, Ixi Chen, Ralph Skiano and Tiffany Valvo. Ixi and Tiffany co-direct creative endeavors here at Music360! Ixi is a clarinetist in the Cincinnati Symphony and teaches at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Tiffany is the clarinet professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. We love pens and fine paper, but that's a convo for another day. We are so excited to partner with Ralph Skiano on this Audition Lab project!
ABOUT RALPH SKIANO
Okay, now, your resident seasoned audition expert, Ralph Skiano! Ralph is the principal clarinetist of the Detroit Symphony. He has held the same position in the Richmond and Cincinnati Symphonies and in the Des Moines Metro Opera. Critics have praised him for his solo and orchestral performances, describing him as having “wisdom beyond his years”. But… Ralph’s got more than performance wisdom beyond his years! He’s written 2 books - Little Scores for Audition Success and Behind the Screen: A winner’s guide to preparing your next audition.
Ralph cares about process. He is one of the most diligent, thoughtful people we have met. And he cares deeply about getting good information into the hands of anyone that is hungry for it.