The pandemic and new ways to learn

Since March 2020, innumerable musicians have used the internet as their exclusive means to perform, learn, teach, and share.  The pandemic has forever changed how people can improve their skills.  The links below are just a few of the resources that recorder players (or potential recorder players) may find helpful.

American Recorder Society online offerings, including FREE classes for beginners!

Early Music America online offerings

Amherst Early Music Workshop online program

San Francisco Early Music Society online program

Anne Timberlake's website and blog


As a recorder teacher and player based in the Atlanta area, Jody Miller supports both historical music and traditionally historical instruments in contemporary roles.  With over 20 years of diverse teaching experience, Jody is an effective teacher in workshop, small group, and private settings.

Jody's primary work in the recorder and early music community is workshop administration and teaching, but he enjoys performing historical and contemporary literature.

Jody recently began an interview series for the Atlanta Early Music Alliance.  Check out interviews below.

For sample recordings, click HERE to navigate to the "About Me" page.

Join Lauda Musicam of Atlanta

Lauda Musicam of Atlanta is a mixed Renaissance ensemble of recorders, viols, early brass, early reeds, and other instruments.  Two rehearsals weekly give you an opportunity to learn new music and prepare for an in-person concert in May.

Monday evening in-person rehearsals—The spring sessions begin January 23, at 7 PM ET, St. Bartholmew's Episcopal Church; open to Atlanta area locals.

Tuesday evening online rehearsals—The spring sessions begin January 24, at 7 PM ET, via Zoom videoconferencing platform.  Participants have the option of coming to Atlanta to perform with the full group on the concert scheduled for Sunday, May 3.

Check out Lauda Musicam at www.laudamusicam.org.

Take your playing to the next level with Jody's online classes!

Online group lessons are back!  Music theory classes and ensemble classes will begin January 2023.  CLICK HERE to see more details.

Music theory classes are for beginning, emerging, and intermediate musicians (and not just recorder players!).  Useful for those new to music or to those who already play but feel your theory skills are weak, the first 4-part series will focus on four basic topics:  the staff, clefs, and note names; time signatures and basic beat units; basic rhythms; and an introduction to diatonic scales.  This is not a playing class, but you will be able to use your instrument to put some of the theory into practice.  There WILL be some writing of music symbols and simple music.

Emerging Recorder Step 4 is the fourth 4-part series for nearly beginning recorder players.  You'll be most successful with this session if you can play most or all of the range of notes on at least one instrument, but the technical demands will be very modest.  Participants will gain some rhythmic proficiency in a variety of time signatures.

If you are an intermediate level player, check out Lauda Musicam of Atlanta.  This performing ensemble meets weekly and prepares two or more concerts a year.  An in-person option is offered on Monday evenings at 7 pm ET, but an online option is offered Tuesday evenings at 7 pm ET.  Participation in the concerts is not a requirement.  Lauda Musicam is a GREAT way to learn more Renaissance repertoire for a low, low price ($50 for 13 sessions, or less than $4 each week!).

Sessions are one hour long and are designed to help players "level-up" with the support of others with similar experience.  You can ask questions without worry of embarrassment and you are encouraged to play to receive feedback (but you won't ever be required to play for the others).

All sessions are held via Zoom videoconferencing platform.  Zoom information and class materials will be sent a few days before the first session.

Performances are back!

Check Jody's performances page about upcoming concerts and workshops.

Helpful Videos for Recorder Players

The American Recorder Society has commissioned a series of videos to help in teaching specialized techniques.  See what Jody and his colleagues have to offer by visiting the video page.  While you're at it, join and/or make a donation to the American Recorder Society!

Click on the ARS logo to visit the page of technique videos.

Polyphonic Voices
Atlanta Early Music Alliance's interview series featuring early musicians working in Georgia

See archived interviews by clicking HERE.

Polyphonic Voices, Volume 4 No. 1
Charlie Schultz - President of the Atlanta Recorder Society