Recorders 1B

Course Dates: 15/01/20 - 01/04/20
Time: 20:00 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Discover the joy of this delightful instrument. Learn the basics of fingering and articulation to

play melodies both in unison and in ensemble. Please bring your own descant and/or treble.


What is the course about?

Further develop your recorder playing in a friendly group setting. Develop your skill and confidence in playing solo and ensemble pieces.

What will we cover?

- Basic techniques of recorder playing: fingering, breathing and articulation
- Playing in unison with others, and playing in parts in a small ensemble
- A range of recorder repertoire in a variety of styles
- Music reading and music theory.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Know the fingering for a larger number of notes on the recorder (descant and/or treble)
- Play the recorder with control of breath and articulation and good intonation
- Play tunes on your own or with a group
- Play a line in an ensemble piece of up to 3 parts
- Identify different styles and periods in recorder music
- Understand more complex music notation.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for those who have been learning recorder for at least a term, or those who have played before and want to brush up their skills to get back into recorder playing.
You need to be able to listen to and follow instructions in English.

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

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.
Please bring your own copy of Brian Bonsor, Enjoy the Recorder Book I (descant or treble) [approx. cost £6.50] Additional music will be supplied by the tutor.

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When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course leads to Recorders 1C
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Tutor Biographies
Isobel Clarke

Dr Isobel Clarke is a recorder player and music historian, who completed her PhD in historical performance practice at the Royal College of Music, having received an AHRC Doctoral awards and a Douglas & Hilda Simmons award. She previously studied recorder performance at the RCM, with a scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Isobel’s expertise includes the recorder’s practical use and social and musical status in the 17th century, the work of the early music pioneer Walter Bergmann, and chamber music of the 16th and 17trh centuries. She is active as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, and plays both early and contemporary repertoires. At City Lit she teaches recorder from beginners to advanced, including specialist repertoire short courses, as well as Violin and String Ensemble classes.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

This course has now started

Course Code: ME101B

Started Wed, eve, 15 Jan - 01 Apr '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £189.00
Concession: £115.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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