The Thrive membership is a proven, empowering and transformative online community that helps musicians learn new ways to approach practice, performance and wellness.

We teach you how to approach a difficult technical passage and how to craft a cover letter. We help musicians become more tuned into the entirety of what matters - not just your playing - but your health, your ability to embrace a wide range of perspectives, and your commitment to putting your work into the world. 

Are you ready to become a Thriver?


Thrive will change the way you see and do your work.


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. We're not going to let you hide from the greatness that is within you. This is about awakening to new paths, getting a robust set of perspectives, and being a part of something larger than yourself. 


How does it work?

Thrive has 3 main 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 take your work further: a Facebook group (which you can join now if you’d like) and opportunity for discussion and support on our member platform. In addition, we send you emails, and are available for support and guidance when you need it.


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 $300 every 4 months 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. 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!



We have them, and if you are enthusiastic about joining Thrive but can't afford it, we urge you to apply here!



Thrive enrollment is closed for Winter Session of 2022. But, get on the waitlist so you don't miss enrollment info for Summer Session! 



We don't want to brag, but we can assure you that we've got the best guests. They're generous, have led impressive careers, and are here to empower you to reach the next level.



Your Thrive hosts teach you the best lessons we've got up our sleeves, and also bring in awesome guests to have conversations and q&a's with and to teach you what they know about building an empowered life as an artist.



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


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

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. 

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!


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





Who's behind all of this?!



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