Boot Camp Starts this Monday July 5, 2021!!! Click the link below!

Are you ready to experience the best practicing of your life this summer?

No matter what your instrument is, we have a program for you! There are 2 to choose from. Details below!

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!

(Pump Up Your Practice has been completed for this year and will return next summer.)

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Summer 2021 Violin and Viola Boot Camp LIVE ("The Original") at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh AND ONLINE

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

Dates: July 5-9, July 12-16, July 26-30, August 2-6

Hours: 9-5 M-F/Partial Day 9-1

Location: Duquesne University and Zoom (hybrid)


One Session: $600, Partial Day: $400

Two Sessions: $1100/$700

Three Sessions: $1500/$1000

Four Sessions: $1800/$1200 (BEST DEAL!)​

Partial Scholarships available!

For in person: Limited numbers and First come, first served with deposit. We strive to be as safe as possible with social distancing.

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Pump Up Your Practice Institute: ONLINE ONLY (This program has been completed for this summer, but will return next summer!)

A newly formed program in our 2nd year created during COVID that is all online. All instruments!

Dates: May 17-June 11, 2021

Hours: 3:00-7:00 M-F,

*"Mini" Pump Up Camp (below) 3:00-5:00

Location: Online using Zoom


One Week: $375/Mini Camp: $275

Two Weeks: $645/$420

Three Weeks: $795/$650

Four Weeks: $995/$800

Partial Scholarships available!

*"Mini" Pump Up Your Practice is a shorter daily 2 hour practicing program, great for younger kids or those wanting less but still something!


Fiddlers Too Inc Presents:
Audition Boot Camp 2021
(The Spring session is over but will return in the Fall!)

Master your audition skills in 1-4 sessions!


What is Audition Boot Camp?

Train to Win with Us!

Returning in Fall 2021!

Audition Boot Camp is for you if you are looking for extra help on your audition music, no matter what it is for, and as a supplement to your private lesson work. We will cover all excerpts for PYSO, TRYPO, and any other audition/competition. You will get experience performing in Mock Auditions with your peers, Group Practice of your excerpts, Bowed and fingered music, personalized recordings of your excerpts, and more. We will also cover how to make a winning recording, how to handle nerves, and have Master Classes on your music, giving you an opportunity to perform in front of an audience. By the time your audition arrives, you will have practiced it already several times!


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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!

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Pump Up Your Practice Institute Description

May 17-June 11, 2021

3:00-7:00 Monday-Friday

A Summer Practicing Institute for all instruments presented by Fiddlers Too Inc: ONLINE ONLY (Zoom)


“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


Who Are We?

We have created  2 different Summer Online Programs presented by Fiddlers Too Inc. designed to help all instrumental students 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


Fun things!

"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

The picture below is from Summer 2020 first year of Pump Up Your Practice Institute. 


Express your interest in Summer 2021 Here!

Violin and Viola Boot Camp 2021 LIVE ("The Original") will be happening in Pittsburgh, Pa and Online simultaneously. We will be subject to the any government rules of live attendance, numbers of participants at that time. First come, first served.

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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