During the 2010-2011 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!
Bring a friend!
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: SATB, facility with C-clefs, as certain amount of stubbornness, and a liking for learning new things.
This class will play at eight-foot pitch (i.e. down an octave). The music is the same, but the recorder you play is twice as big.
So, music you're accustomed to play on a soprano recorder will be played on your next biggest C instrument, your tenor recorder. You will play your alto recorder about as often as you've been playing your sopranino. Your bass recorder assumes the role of an alto recorder, and so on.
Music may come from any era, have any number of parts, depending on the inclination of the class and the whim of the leaders.
Explore the traditional music of the British Isles, learning some history and folklore along the way! Experience the aires and ballads, reels and waltzes, and jigs and slipjigs that have been part of the Celtic culture for generations. Open to all, guitarists welcome!
Every year, new music is composed for recorders, and arrangements for 18th, 19th, and 20th century music are published. We will select some gems to polish for minis and concerts.