During the 2009-2010 season, we are pleased to be offering the following classes:
If you know someone who would like to learn, now is the time to encourage her/him
to start out on a musical adventure with us. Help us build our membership!
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A class for adults who have enjoyed music making but are seeking a musical experience with a new instrument, new friends, and an opportunity to revive a pleasurable pastime.
The recorder has an extensive musical repertory spanning seven centuries,
including solos and small ensemble pieces all suitable for the amateur player.
The class will focus on the issues of the crossover to proficient recorder
Working on technical exercises will improve fingering fluency and tone
production as well as rhythmic confidence on your recorders. If you feel unsure
of the second fingering, this is your chance to become more proficient or to
develop skill on a third/fourth instrument. 3-part and some 4-part ensemble
music will be used to become comfortable with switching instruments and
learning the various roles of each part.
Requirements: Participants in this class must play and bring SATB recorders. On the bass, you must know the fingerings from low F to high D. You are expected to do some practicing outside of class.
Players must be comfortable with duple and triple meters, dotted rhythms, and be willing to switch lines. In class, participants must be willing to learn alto up and tenor in the bass clef.
We will be working on 3-, 4-, and 5-part music to develop increased facility on all recorders as well as the ability to play syncopations and suspensions without losing the beat or your place in the music.
Bass parts may be easier than the others. Lower recorders (great bass, etc.)
are also welcome.
Requirements: For this class playing SATB instruments at an advanced level is
required. Switching instruments from one piece to the next is expected, as well
the ability to sight read, double tongue, play alto up, and use alternate
We will utilize multi-part music to develop ensemble skills with emphasis on complex articulations, phrasing, and rhythms.
The goal is to play a fair amount of challenging recorder music, and play it
Requirements: Knowledge of bass clef and SATB required. Knowledge of alto clef advantageous but not necessary. Practice between class meetings is essential.
In the fall, music will be primarily from printed (i.e., typeset rather than handwritten) sources in order to concentrate on learning the C clefs.
In the spring, ligatures will be introduced along with handwritten sources.
Requirements: Participants must play both F and C fingering. SAT recorders required. Lower voices desirable.
Secular music of the fifteenth century by composers such as Guillaume Dufay,
Heinrich Isaac, Loyset Compere, and Anonymous.
Level: High Intermediate to Advanced
Participants must play and bring SATB (higher and lower recorders welcome). You
must also be comfortable with and willing to play alto up, tenor in bass clef,
and bass in treble clef.
Outside practice time (on your own or with others in the class) is expected.
You must be committed to participating the whole year.
For participants at any level. Please indicate when you register the type of
music (era, style, etc.) you would most enjoy. I’ll try to please plus offer a
few of my favorites.
Requirements: SATB recorders
Original and arranged music for recorder consort
Music arranged for recorder can be very satisfying, but some styles, as well as contemporary pieces, pose challenges requiring new techniques. These will be discussed as needed.