Are you ready to get inspired by top artists and experts from around the world while learning how to amp up your music making, career and wellness? Welcome to Thrive, a digital membership for classical musicians.
 

Thrive in a nutshell...

 

Through access to a robust video library combined with virtual events such as masterclasses, Q&A’s and workshops, Thrive fills the gaps in traditional music training. Here, you'll find new approaches to your work and a community of like-minded people to support you.

Masterclasses and instrument-specific content is currently directed at clarinetists and cellists. A french horn "arm" is coming in 2022!

 

How does it work?

Thrive has 3 big features:

1. VIDEO LIBRARY of lessons on technique,  business/career skills, and mind/heart/body wellness. You get 5 new videos per month.

2. LIVE CLASSES such as masterclasses, Q&A's and workshops with top artists and experts from around the world. There are 5 live events per month: 2 clarinet classes, 2 cello classes and a class we call an elevation that covers everything from dance to performance anxiety! Recorded to rewatch later.

3. COMMUNITY of like-minded musicians to support you in your journey

See below for a current catalog of content.

 

Who’s it for?

Currently, we offer masterclasses and instrumental content for clarinetists and cellists. But, all are welcome! Maybe you’re a current ambitious high schooler or college music student that is hungry to learn everything imaginable about a life in music. Maybe you're out of school, feel like you’re in a bit of a black hole, and need support and a chance to play in masterclass again. Maybe you have a job and just love learning! Perhaps you’re a teacher that is excited by new ideas. Thrive is for anyone who wants to learn new, cool stuff. 

  

What is the time commitment?

Live classes last 60-90 minutes. You're encouraged to join live, but can also listen to the recordings later while making dinner or walking to work. The pre-recorded video lessons are around 10-20 minutes, and are intended to be short and focused. You can make your way through the material at any pace you wish!

 

What technology is required?

  • Internet access for the online platform, accessible via app or browser 
  • Zoom to participate in live events 

 

Cost of tuition:

The cost of tuition is $77 per month or $830 per year. There are no additional fees or taxes. You can cancel at any time. 

Note: It's impossible to put a value on all of this content. However, we estimate it's worth at least $250 per month. So, for less than the price of an average private lesson, you're getting hours of curated wisdom from top musicians and experts around the world that you have access to anytime, anywhere. We'd say that's quite the value!

JOIN TODAY for $77/per month

WHAT'S INSIDE?

As soon as you join Thrive, you'll get access to the following video content. All new videos/masterclasses will be added for as long as you're a member!

Clarinet Classes & Technique Videos

We love a traditional masterclass and going total clarinet-nerd!

  • Afendi Yusuf on Expression
  • Diana Haskell Masterclass
  • John Bruce Yeh on Versatility
  • John Bruce Yeh Masterclass
  • Amy Zoloto on Mindfulness
  • Mark Nuccio Masterclass
  • André Moisan Masterclass
  • Staccato with John Bruce Yeh
  • Afendi Yusuf: Rhythmic Subdivision
  • Eric Mandat: Tongue Strengthening Exercises

Cello Classes & Technique Videos

Cello... the king of instruments? All you cellists will love digging into these classes.

  • Richard Aaron Masterclass
  • Sæunn Thorsteindottir Masterclass
  • Hans Jensen Masterclass
  • Melissa Kraut Masterclass
  • Ted Nelson on Bow Changes
  • Ted Nelson on the Coulé
  • Sæunn Thorsteindottir on Versatility in Bow Strokes
  • Alan Rafferty on the Sextuplets in the Dvorak Concerto

Elevation Guest Classes

Experts from music & beyond presenting on everything from practice strategies to acting techniques to elevate your artistry.

  • Robert Walters: Q&A on Writing + Expression
  • Dr. Melissa Kraut: Playing with Ease and Comfort
  • Diana Haskell: Wellness & Balance
  • Rosemary Engelstad: Body Awareness & Kinesthetic Learning
  • John Bruce Yeh, Mark Almond and Sæunn Thorsteinsdottir: Q&A on the Importance of Versatility
  • Dr. Christine Carter: Optimizing Practice
  • Sasha Olinick: Captivating Your Audience

Wellness Video Lessons

How do we stay well in mind, heart and body while pursuing our dreams as musicians?

  • Dr. Tiffany Valvo: Own Your Day
  • Jessica Valeri: Five to Focus
  • Doug Surber: Myofascial Self-Care Exercises
  • Dr. Tiffany Valvo: Should I Practice?
  • Dr. Sarah Kim: Motivation in the Practice Room
  • Ixi Chen: Creativity is an Action

Business & Career Video Lessons

Playing your instrument well is AWESOME! But, you also need to know how to market yourself and make a living wage!

  • Ixi Chen: Elements of a Website
  • Richard Li: Basics of Investing
  • Dr. Tiffany Valvo: The Academic Path, Part I
  • Ixi Chen: The Skills Pyramid
  • Ixi Chen: Personal Branding
  • Dr. Tiffany Valvo: Starting an Email List

Plus

  • Introduction & Background
  • Thrive Member Orientation
  • One Big Question: This is a good place to start - with anything you endeavor! 
  • What it Means to Thrive
GIVE IT TO ME!

The people that are most successful aren't the most talented. They're the ones with a plan, an open mind, and the ability to move forward in action. 

DECEMBER 2021

CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUES

Join us as we learn from 2 musicians who can really think outside of the box!

ERIC MANDAT, clarinet

Composer/Southern Illinois University

JEFF ZEIGLER, cello

Soloist, Collaborator, Recording Artist 

PAST THRIVE GUESTS

Mia T.

Musician friends, this is such an incredible opportunity that I *highly* recommend! The programs that Ixi & Tiffany have passionately created have changed the way I think about practicing, performing, and what it means to thrive as a musician.

Issac W.

I would recommend Thrive to anyone looking to amp up their music life, and especially those looking to make music their life-long career. It's great to learn new ideas along with new repertoire each month; it really keeps things interesting! Every guest has something amazing to bring to the table, and it really is a pleasure, and an honor to get to work with these professionals.

Chanse M.

This past year, I was a part of Thrive, and wow it was amazing! Meeting new clarinet faculty and making new friends has been great, but most importantly Thrive has given me a new skill set under my belt right after graduating college. I’ve implemented techniques from Thrive into my everyday routine, and I’ve had a lot more success with competitions and auditions!

PAST THRIVE GUESTS

We are very proud to have brought all of these artists into Thrive in the last 13 months. What will the next 13 bring?!

CLARINET

CELLO

ELEVATION

TUITION

Monthly

$77/m

What you get:

  • Access to the Thrive video library archive with more than 30+ lessons and classes
  • 5 Lesson Videos on wellness, business and career topics each month
  • 5 live events per month (an elevation, 2 cello classes and 2 clarinet classes)
  • Option to be a member of a POD + a community of like-minded musicians
  • 20% discount on all other Music360, Digital Clarinet Academy and Digital Cello Academy programs

Cancel at any time.

ENROLL NOW

Annual

$830/y

Most Popular

  • Access to the Thrive video library archive with more than 30+ lessons and classes
  • 5 Lesson Videos on wellness, business and career topics each month
  • 5 live events per month (an elevation, 2 cello classes and 2 clarinet classes)
  • Option to be a member of a POD + a community of like-minded musicians
  • 20% discount on all other Music360, Digital Clarinet Academy and Digital Cello Academy programs

Annual gets you a 10% discount! 

ENROLL NOW

 

 

A NOTE ON PRICING

It's impossible to put a value on all of this content. However, we estimate it's worth at least $250 per month. So, for less than the price of an average private lesson, you're getting hours of curated wisdom from top musicians and experts around the world that you have access to anytime, anywhere. We'd say that's quite the value!

TELL ME MORE!

The best way to learn about Thrive is by signing up for our email series. We'll share insights from Thrive and tell you more about deadlines and other important news.

FAQs

Who's behind all of this?!

 

DIRECTORS & CLARINET HOSTS: Ixi & Tiffany

Hi! We are Ixi & Tiffany, in the big circle! We direct Thrive and host the clarinet "arm" of things. As hosts, we curate your content and find incredible guests and topics that we know will offer you something meaningful. We look out for trends and things we think you need to know. Ixi Chen (right) plays in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Dr. Tiffany Valvo is the clarinet professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. We teamed up to create THRIVE because we both love music school but know it isn't enough. We've got big hearts and believe there is space for everyone in classical music, but you may need some help!

 

CELLO HOSTS: Ted, Sarah and Alan

We are cellists and the hosts of Thrive for Cellists. We are experienced and battle-scarred performers and teachers with a burning urge to help you improve in all the ways you didn't know you could. Dr. Sarah Kim is Assistant Professor of Cello at Miami University + Executive Director of the Cincinnati Young ArtistsTed Nelson is a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra + Producing Artistic Director of Concert Nova.  Alan Rafferty is a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, teaches at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and is the Co-Founder of Cincinnati Young Artists.

 

HORN HOSTS: Mark & Jessica

We're cooking up a horn "arm" to Thrive, and we're pretty excited about it! We both play in the San Francisco Symphony and believe that making it as a musician today requires work not only on your instrument, but versatility to make you a balanced musician and stronger human. Dr. Mark Almond joined the San Francisco Symphony as Associate Principal Horn during the 2020–21 season. In addition to playing the horn, Almond is an experienced hospital physician and has a PhD in immunology and virology from Imperial College, London. Jessica Valeri joined the SFS in 2008 as fourth horn. When not teaching and playing, she is also a yoga instructor! 

 

Ready to shift your mindset into one of growth and possibility!?

Join Thrive