During the 2011-2012 season, we are offering the following classes:
First Hour Classes
Do you know someone who might enjoy the pleasure of learning how to play the recorder? It can be very rewarding to embark on this new musical adventure. For those persons who do not read music we can help them start from step one. It also helps the chapter build our membership. Bring a friend!
BEGINNERS CLASS FOR PLAYERS OF WIND INSTRUMENTS
A class for adults who have enjoyed music-making but are seeking a new musical experience with a new instrument.
The recorder has an extensive musical repertory spanning seven centuries, including solos, small ensemble pieces, and arrangements of 20th century popular music, all suitable for the amateur player. The class will focus on the special requirements needed for achieving a proficient recorder technique and sound.
Our goal in this class is to become more comfortable with our recorders and gain more enjoyment from playing. By working on technical exercises we will improve fingering fluency and tone production as well as rhythmic confidence. Playing 3- and 4-part ensemble music will help us learn to listen to ourselves and others as we make music together. Switching instruments will provide a chance to become more proficient on the second fingering or to develop skill on a third/fourth instrument.
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 fingering.
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 well!
Requirements: SATB, knowledge of C-clefs essential.
Music will come primarily from the 15th century, with occasional excursions into the 14th and 16th centuries. We will begin the year with music from large, legible facsimiles such as Casanatense 2856 and “Margaret of Austria”. Moderately interesting puzzles, but no really, really difficult rhythms.
Second Hour Classes
BEYOND BAROQUE III
Enjoy a wide range of beautiful liturgical pieces. Open to all.