Recorders: return to playing

Course Dates: 22/04/20 - 01/07/20
Time: 16:30 - 18:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Develop your technique further, explore repertoire, and learn how to play both solo and in ensemble. Please bring your own instrument(s).


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
- A greater range of modes and scales, in keys including up to 4 sharps and flats
- Achieving confidence and a good tone on high notes
- Playing parts in a small ensembles
- More detailed ornamentation
- 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 increasingly good control of breath and articulation
- Play with increasingly good intonation
- Modify your intonation well when with others
- Read and perform a variety of embellishments (trills, mordents, grace notes and turns)
- Be confident playing on your own or in a group
- Play a part in an ensemble piece
- Recognise and appreciate the different styles of recorder music
- Read and interpret 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 year and who are Grade 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 for the term.
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?

TThis course leads to 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.

You may also be interested in general Musicianship and Music Appreciation courses.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

The course is challenging if you have never played in an ensemble with different parts for different recorders. If you thought that the recorder was just a school instrument then think again. You will learn a lot.
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Review by Rosemary / (Posted on 28/11/2019)
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.

Book your place

Course Code: ME102C

Wed, day, 22 Apr - 01 Jul '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00
Concession: £109.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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