The idea behind the seminar or conference system is to familiarize students more extensively with the methodology of their chosen training or course and also to allow them to interact with examples of the practical problems that always crop up during their work. It is essentially a place where assigned training and readings are discussed, questions raised and debates conducted. It is relatively informal, at least compared to the lecture system of academic coaching.

The workshop is the vehicle by which a student learns the “know how” of performing. It is a class in which the student acquires performance experience with guidance from the teacher in a non-formal atmosphere.

Special skills are required to bring a piece to a performance level. When a piece can be performed well in front of an audience, the mastery of that piece is better secured because one works harder to learn his/her pieces for any performance.

Performances develop gracefulness and good social poise, which is necessary not only for success at more demanding performances, such as competitions, auditions, recitals, etc., but also in personal growth.