Class Selections 2018-2019

During the 2018-2019 season, we are offering the following classes:


First Hour Classes

Use these guidelines from our chapter to help determine what class level fits your needs the best. If you have any questions, please contact the instructors. If you're new, you can contact them through our informational email, rochesterars@gmail.com 

Recorder Basics    

DeeDee Heyer

Do you know someone who might enjoy learning how to play the recorder? We strive to work with beginners in a stress-free environment that can be very rewarding to someone embarking on this new musical adventure. Learn a few fundamental notes and you’ll be playing simple melodies in no time. Knowing how to read music is not required, since for those persons who do not read music, we can help them start from step one. This class is also available to those wishing to switch from soprano to alto or tenor recorder. Bring a friend!

Strengthening Your Recorder Skills . . .and attacking your weaknesses

Liz Seely

In this class we will work to increase facility and enjoyment of the recorder by addressing physical skills (breath control, finger dexterity, etc.) together with musical skills (rhythm stability, sense of phrasing, etc.). We will use both c and f fingerings, thus providing an opportunity to learn a new fingering (if that’s not part of your skill set already). Practice at home will be essential if you hope to make progress.

Advanced Technique Class

Marian Henry

For SATB. This is your opportunity to take your playing to the next level. We will look for ways to transform playing notes into playing music by being aware of the basic structure of the piece. We will look at using articulation to match with the text and placing breaths to delineate phrases. There will be tools to help you understand complex rhythms so that they flow confidently out of your instrument. Pieces can come from any era and will be chosen with consideration of the number and capabilities of class members. We will routinely rotate parts so that all players play all the parts of each piece. Participants are encouraged to bring music they are personally interested in.

Second Hour Classes

Classes offered will depend on interest of the membership.

BEYOND BAROQUE X

Neil Seely

This class has been a delight for nearly a decade. There is still a wealth of good stuff we have yet to work on. Sample some of the many interesting and challenging pieces that have been written since the time of Bach. The arrangements for recorders give us the opportunity to enjoy new key signatures, harmonies, and exciting rhythms not found in earlier music.

SATB required. Limit 8.

DUETS FOR RECORDERS

Neil Seely

There are many duets for recorders that have been composed in the last 600 years. Learning the variety of style required to play them enhances the enjoyment of performing these pieces. We will cover after Renaissance duets, some great Baroque dust and a selection of 20th century duets.

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE

Pat Hanley

Have fun learning the sometimes quirky, beautiful, intriguing tunes used in English County Dance.  Tunes from the concert hall, popular songs, lilting waltzes, folk tunes, etc. all have a place in the dance music.  Instruments high and low are welcomed with open arms; it will be fun working out dances using high and low choirs alternating with everyone playing.  There may opportunities to play for an actual dance evening or event.  Being nimble of finger and adept at following repeats is highly recommended.  You may be asked to read alto up or tenor in the bass clef - these are skills that you can start to hone over the summer.  We won't be using a book, but we be making up a dance notebook of the pieces that we are most readily able to play.  All music will be in score form and only one or two pages long - a three-ring binder will be essential and are very cheap at the pre-school sales in the stores in July and August.

MUSIC FROM THE LIBRARY

DeeDee Heyer

We have a treasure trove of music just sitting in our chapter’s library waiting to be played. Let’s dust off a few. We will have the flexibility to do some sight reading or finding a piece that we want to really work on to make musically beautiful.

Additional Playing Opportunities

SIGHT READING CLASS, OUTREACH PLAYERS

Pat Hanley, Liz Seely

We will be offering Sight Reading Class on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, opposite the regular chapter meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays. Note that there is no Sight Reading class on fifth Tuesdays unless otherwise notified.

The Outreach Players will sometimes rehearse in this time slot to prepare for their community performances at farmer's markets, nursing homes and schools. Please talk with Liz if you are interested in joining this group.

OTHER CONSORTS

Varied

Many of our players have formed consorts and other small groups who play together. If you are looking for more playing opportunities, just ask!