What is the course about?
Further develop your skill and confidence in playing solo and ensemble music on descant and/or treble recorder in a friendly setting.
What will we cover?
- Technique: fingering, breathing and articulation
- Scales and pieces in keys including up to 3 sharps and flats
- Basic ornamentation (trills, mordents and turns)
- Playing in unison with others
- Playing parts in small ensembles
- Broadening repertoire in a variety of styles
- Music reading/music theory as pertains to exercises and pieces played.
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 with increasing control of breath and articulation
- Play with increasingly good intonation
- Modify your intonation appropriately when playing with others
- Read and perform a variety of basic embellishments (trills, mordents and turns)
- Play a part in a variety of ensemble pieces
- Recognise and perform various different styles of recorder music
- Read and interpret music notation accurately.
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 year and who are confident with Grade 2-3 standard, or 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.
You will need your own copies of the following, which will be used throughout the year.
1) Steve Rosenberg (ed.), The Recorder 1 [approx. £11.50]
2) ABRSM, Time Pieces volume 1 (for descant / treble recorder) [approx. £7.95]
Additional music will be supplied by the tutor.
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When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course continues with Recorders: return to playing
You may also be ready for Recorder consorts and ensemble, where you will explore a wider range of styles and repertoire, playing a larger ensemble, and one per part in a consort. Your tutor will advise.
You may also be interested in general Musicianship classes and Music Appreciation courses.