School Hourse Retreat and Cultural Center




The debut of You and Music was filled with happy moments for me. I'd like to share highlights of some of those moments with you. Click to view photos from this summer's You and Music program.

June 18-24, 2006
Students ages 14-19
Tuition $350

You and Music is a new exciting, informal course of study. Its concept is unique in Southern Oregon and is open to high school students and recent graduates. The study of music includes more than technique and an ear. It involves a student’s entire being, and students need to recognize the importance of physical, mental and spiritual well-being as an integral part of their art.

You and Music offers:

Private classes with Master Teachers in
music and physical alignment

Musicale presentation to the public

Time to practice, create, share ideas

Time to relax and enjoy fun activities

Beautiful surroundings

Nutritious meals and snacks

Special charter tuition fee

Conservatory Master Teachers

Poppie Beveridge: creator of You and Music for the Conservatory, earned a BA from UCLA, and furthered her education in Europe and Asia in the subject of dance. She joined Southern Oregon College faculty in 1987, teaching dance and posture alignment. She developed Posturing for Success, a movement and body alignment program designed to relieve pain from injury, daily stress and limited mobility (especially prevalent in musicians or dancers.) Poppie is a Certified Alignment Specialist in the Egoscue Method and coaches students and private clients on how to prevent these problems at any age.

Fritz Gearhart: joined the University of Oregon’s string faculty in 1998, teaching violin and chamber music and performing with the Oregon String Quartet. He received his master’s degree and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from Eastman. He has performed in major concert halls around the country, including Carnegie Recital Hall and the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center.

Notes From Poppie:

I am creating and producing a new paradigm that is starting this summer at the SchoolHouse Retreat and Cultural Center. It is the SchoolHouse Conservatory for Fine Arts. The Conservatory’s focus is to have small groups of students work with Master Teachers in the Fine Arts and in Posture and Personal management. I want to acquaint you with my work and the intent of the SchoolHouse Conservatory programs. The programs guide students to experience the beauty of their inner core and their art form. My Posturing For Success and Posture-cise programs are highlights in postural alignment and personal management. For my Posturing For Success programs I enthusiastically use Don Campbell’s well known “Mozart Effect,” the well-received “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, for students to experience and to know the benefits of creativity and personal management. It is with pleasure and confidence that I incorporate the Egoscue Method of exercises for physical alignment in my Posture-cise program.

Fine art students and professional performers are often limited in presentation, are in pain, or have injury from pursuing their art form, especially in music and dance. I found growing evidence of this from my summer travels to Europe last summer. I researched summer music festivals in Switzerland and Italy, and local summer camps. The SchoolHouse Conservatory will address this need for functional posture in young artists as well as for professional performers.

I feel the Conservatory program is an experience that is exciting, practical, and essential for young and professional artists. This leads to deeper levels of artistry unavailable before their work on physical and personal alignment. I feel that the intimate setting of the SchoolHouse Retreat and Cultural Center and the work of the Conservatory program provides nurturing and care for students to blossom in personal and artistic levels often not available in traditional fine arts festivals, camps, or large summer programs.

The debut session of the SchoolHouse Conservatory for Fine Arts program, You and Music, is a work of dedication and is financially supported by my offer to use of the SchoolHouse facility and my work gratis. This enables the students’ charter fees to be drastically reduced. Scholarship funds are available for partial tuition if needed.

I look forward to connecting and sharing with students in the experience of The SchoolHouse Conservatory for Fine Arts programs.



Poppie Beveridge

Fritz Gearhart
Fritz Gearhart





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