Winter Violin and Viola Boot Camp/Pump Up Your Practice is over and was very successful! Thank you to all who attended!

Dates for this summer's 2 programs will be out by February!

Our 2 programs: 

Pump Up Your Practice Institute and Violin and Viola Boot Camp will forever change the way you practice your instrument.


Details about Summer 2021 Practice Programs

There are 2 options

This summer, take the time to get back to some basics and make great progress on your instrument! Whether you are looking for a LIVE experience or an online one, you will find it here. We are here to support your private teachers and their quest to make you the best that you can be by practicing better!

Summer 2021 Violin and Viola Boot Camp LIVE at Duquesne University AND ONLINE

"The Original" Boot Camp You Know and Love from the Summer! Now in our 9th year!

Dates: Summer 2021 TBA by February

Hours: 9-5 M-F

Location: Duquesne University and Online via Zoom

Price: TBA

Early Bird Discounts will be available.

Partial Days and Times will be available.

Pump Up Your Practice Institute: ONLINE ONLY

A newly formed program created during COVID that is all online. Instruments are Violin, Viola, Cello.

Dates: Summer 2021 TBA by February

Hours: 12:00-5 M-F,

"Mini" Pump Up Camp (below)12-2

Location: Online using Zoom

Price: TBA

Early Bird Discount will be available.

Partial Days and Times will be available.

"Mini" Pump Up Your Practice is a shorter daily 2 hour practicing program, great for younger kids!

For Boot Camp LIVE sessions, we will be subject to any registration restrictions from Duquesne University for the numbers of students we can accept: First come, First served!

All social distancing/santization rules in effect at that time shall be followed strictly.


Express your interest in Summer 2021 Here!

Violin and Viola Boot Camp LIVE is happening at Duquesne University In Pittsburgh, Pa and Online simultaneously. We will be subject to the University rules of live attendance at that time. Dates will come out soon on this website.

Pump Up Your Practice is always online.

Please check the program below that you are interested in, or all of them! We will put you on our mailing list!


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Who Are We?

We have created  2 different Summer Online Programs hosted by Duquesne University designed to help violinists, violists, and cellists vastly improve their individual practice habits. Both programs offer live monitored individual practice along with personalized tips on the spot for immediate improvement as well as Master Classes and discussions on pertinent topics to practicing.

Scroll down below to learn about:

Pump Up Your Practice Institute


Violin and Viola Boot Camp 2021


"The Original" Violin and Viola Boot Camp 2021

In our 9th year!

Camp Mission:
To create a string individual practice environment where the teacher can correct mistakes occurring during the practice sessions right when they happen. Supervised personal practice time, group technical work and instruction, and daily master classes and performances by each student. Topics also covered are sight-reading, quick music learning techniques, orchestral excerpts, and much more!


Students in Pump Up Your Practice Institute: Summer 2020

"Boot Camp is a wonderful opportunity for musicians to improve their performing and learn to practice more efficiently. It played a particularly important role in my preparations for conservatory auditions. I highly recommend the Stegeman camps for any musician who wants to become more confident and comfortable performing!"--Violin Performance Major, Manhattan School of Music

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Pump Up Your Practice Institute:

Summer 2021

Dates coming out soon!

A Summer Strings Institute through Duquesne University: Online


“Perfect Practice Makes Perfect”--Vince Lombardi

This online summer institute provides participants with a one-month personalized design of intensive instrumental practice and correct practice techniques combined with formal guidance and analysis by two professional international performing and teaching artists, Charles and Rachel Stegeman.

“After designing and sharing our daily practice plan for you, we will then drop in on your individual virtual practice room throughout the day to help shape your personal choices during practice time. We will also guide you through your practice time to make sure your practice schedule is maintained, motivated, and keeps you accountable to yourself, thus heading towards your goals in music. As needed, we will offer our ‘prescriptions’ to any faulty practice techniques that we discover based on our combined collegiate teaching experience of over 45 years. In addition, there are daily master classes to cover the myriad of important topics musicians need to know about (listed below in goals and outcomes). *This program is designed to supplement your private teacher’s efforts and goals for you, thus we recommend keeping your weekly lesson with your teacher during this time.”

-Charles and Rachel Stegeman

Goals and outcomes:

  • Organize practice

  • Know when to stop and when to keep going

  • Set short, near, and long term goals in your practicing

  • How to identify good and bad habits in your practicing

  • Clean up: pitch, sound, bow control, vibrato, coordination, shifting, bow mapping, and accuracy in all types of musical passages

  • Journal effectively

  • Schedule effectively

  • Learn quickly and efficiently

  • Use sight reading skills to help you learn more quickly

  • Break down sight reading skills to improve it



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