The curriculum is comprised of four elements:
All students are involved in all aspects of the curriculum.
Every student performs once in a house concert with a professional concert partner at the piano. From the house concert performances, students are selected for the public concerts given by Astona.
Chamber music groups and the orchestra are organised by the directors in advance, and links to the parts assigned are sent out to each student approximately 6 weeks before Astona begins.
There is a piano placed at the disposal of each piano student.
Practice time for all students is integrated into the daily schedule.
Astona’s daily schedule is strenuous. Practice times and private lessons are integrated into the daily plan, chamber music takes place every day with coaching (ca. 2 hours), and the orchestra rehearses regularly (standard repertoire for string orchestra). Rehearsals for the house-concerts are arranged with the piano faculty and the student’s private teacher.
Breakfast begins at 7 a.m., and all students are expected to appear in the dining room. There are two morning periods: 8:00 to 10:00 (individual practicing/private lessons) and 10:30 to 12:30: (chamber music) with a half-hour break from 10:00 to 10.30. Fruit, coffee, tea, and other beverages are provided for students and teachers during the break.
Lunch is at 12:30. There is free time thereafter (also often used for rehearsals for concert performances, individual practice or private lessons).
The daily house concert at 15:00 is a central feature of Astona’s program, and it is obligatory for all students and teachers to attend.
After the house concert, the orchestra rehearses until around 18:00.
The evening meal is at 18:30 followed by free time or activities as announced.