What is the course about?
An introduction to playing recorder in a friendly group setting. Develop your skill and confidence in playing. Suitable for beginners, regardless of previous musical experience.
This course continues with Recorders 1B.
What will we cover?
- An introduction to the basic technique of recorder playing: fingering, breathing and articulation
- Playing in unison (with others) and easy duets
- An introduction to a range of recorder repertoire in a variety of styles
- Music reading (treble clef) and basic music theory.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Know the fingering for the notes of C and D / F and G major used on the recorder (descant and/or treble)
- Play the recorder with some control of breath, articulation and intonation
- Play tunes on your own or with a group
- Identify different styles and periods in recorder music
- Read basic music notation in the treble clef.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for beginners or for those who played many years ago and want to brush up their skills or to transfer from descant to treble recorder.
You need to be able to listen to and follow instructions in English, and take part in class discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes are taught through tutor explanation and demonstration, group playing and individual practice (please bring your own instrument). Sessions will also include class discussion, aural skills and theoretical study.
A regular practice routine is essential to make progress (ideally at least 20 minutes a session, 4 times per week).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your instrument(s), as well as a notebook, pencil and eraser.
Music will be supplied by the tutor and course books will be discussed in the first session.
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When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Recorders 1B.
You may wish to support your learning through a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns. For more details about musicianship and music theory please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.
To find out more about Music history classes and to read our year-long selection of courses, please see the blog post Music history: your guide to the 2019/20 programme which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details