Recorders 1A

Course Dates: 20/09/23 - 29/11/23
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: 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. You will need your own descant and/or treble recorder. Break week: 25 Oct 2023.
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Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00

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Course Code: ME101A

Finished Wed, day, 20 Sep - 29 Nov '23

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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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
- An introduction to a range of simple 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 notes in the keys of C, D, F and G major (descant and/or treble)
- Play the recorder with some control of breath, articulation and intonation
- Play tunes on your own and keeping time with others
- 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, playing along with the tutor and others in the class, individual practice. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor.
A regular practice routine is essential to make progress (ideally 15 - 20 minutes, 4 times per week).

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You need your own instrument(s), as well as a notebook, pencil and eraser.
Music will be supplied by the tutor via Google Classroom, and course books will be discussed in the first session.

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

This course leads to Recorders 1B.
You may wish to support your learning through Musicianship and Music theory and/or Music history courses.

Caoimhe de Paor

Having graduated top of her class from the Cork School of Music (B.Mus), Caoimhe moved to London, where she gained a distinction in her Masters in Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was also awarded the school's Concert Recital Diploma (for outstanding recital performance). Caoimhe went on to become an Artist Fellow at the conservatoire and was also invited to take part in the Handel House Talent Scheme (2014-15). She has studied with Ian Wilson, Robert Ehrlich, Pamela Thorby (GSMD) and Elizabeth Jones (CSM), as well as pariticipating in masterclasses with Kees Boeke, Karl van Steenhoven, Piers Adams, Sebastien Marq, Dan Laurin, Drora Bruck and Eric Bosgraaf. Caoimhe has achieved a number of competition successes in Ireland and the UK. She was a semi-finalist in the Irish Freemason's Young Musician of the Year for two consecutive years, a finalist in the Worshipful Company of Needlemaker's competition, a finalist in the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarships and won first prize in the Recorder Conservatoire competition at the North London Festival of Music.

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.