Introducing an exciting new program directed by Marea Chernoff. The Recorder Program offers group classes and private lessons for all ages.
An instrument once played by kings, the recorder mimics birdsong and is said to represent love. A versatile instrument, the recorder enjoys a repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to modern day classical and pop music. Learning the recorder is a great way to introduce yourself to music, or further your musical pursuits.
Beginner Class on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00am require no previous experience.
Students will start with the alto recorder. In this class, learn:
- Recorder fundamentals
- Sight reading
- Ensemble playing
Instruments and books are available at Tom Lee Music on Granville Street.
Building Playing Confidence Group Class on Mondays from 6:30-7:30pm
This ensemble class will focus on strengthening your basic recorder skills. After completing this class you will have the confidence needed to join an ensemble.
Recommended prerequisites for this class are:
- Knowledge of the basic fingerings of at least one type of recorder (a recorder in C or F)
- Ability to play comfortably in keys with one sharp or one flat
- Capable of reading simple rhythms consisting of whole notes, half notes, quarter notes and eighth notes in a 4/4 time signature
This class is designed for players who:
- Have limited or no ensemble playing experience
- Are already familiar with the basic fingerings of a soprano/tenor or alto and want to begin learning the other recorders
- Have difficulty playing the entire range of the instrument
Class learning objectives:
- Starting to play two recorders (one in C and one in F), from soprano, alto and tenor recorders
- Gain ensemble experience
- Play pieces in keys with two sharps or two flats
- Learn to play in 2/2 or 6/8 time
- Learn to listen to your colleagues and follow the conductor’s tempo
The Intermediate I Class on Wednesdays from 11:00am-12:00pm is designed for those already familiar with the recorder, and wish to advance their technical skill and musicality:
- Improve range, articulation, tuning, and tone quality
- Learn effective practice techniques
- Ensemble playing
The Intermediate II Class on Mondays from 7:30-8:30pm is for students who have completed the Intermediate I class. Students will:
- Further Develop Skills covered in Intermediate I
- Topics include dynamics, alternate fingerings, musical phrasing
- Try recorders that are less familiar (ex. alto and/or tenor if you play only soprano)
- Ensemble Playing and techniques
Private Lessons are also available for an additional fee.