Please complete the following form to register. The deadline for registration is 48 hours before the session is held, but class viability will be determined by August 6. Register early to make sure the class makes!
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with Jody Miller
Paced for intermediate players (and those striving to be at an intermediate level), these Saturday School sessions are great opportunities to learn more about the recorder and what the recorder can play. Whether you are adding the recorder to the list of instruments you can play or you have finally gained enough of a foothold to manage playing intermediate level music with others, these sessions can help you move to the next step.
Some sessions focus on repertoire and some focus on technique—with a teacher accustomed to working with all levels of players.
REGISTER BY AUGUST 6. Viability of each session will be based on enrollment by August 6. Assuming classes are viable, registration for sessions will close 48 hours before the class occurs.
**Some sessions require special materials. Please read carefully, aas participants are expected to provide their own music. Special materials marked in red.
Sessions are a la carte, so choose the ones you want or make a day of it! Complete the registration form in the left column of this page to sign up. The deadline for registration is 48 hours before the session is held.
Saturday, August 8
9:00 AM–10:00 AM, EDT. Building a Daily Practice Routine, part 1. It may be a no-brainer that scales help build a better musician, but what else helps you get there? This one-hour session will be a guided practice routine on (mostly) alto & soprano recorders. We will spend time on tone, technique, tuning, and articulation. $15 per participant, limit of 10. Participants will need G. Rooda’s 95 Dexterity Exercises and Dances for both recorder in C and recorder in F (two separate books).
10:30 AM–12:30 PM, EDT. Renaissance Dance Music Session. Tielman Susato, Michael Praetorius, and Pierre Attaingnant left us with dance collections that include pavanes, galliards, basse dances, and courantes. We’ll play some four-part music, but some may not have soprano recorder parts. Brush up on your alto and tenor skills! You may also use this session to gain some traction playing bass recorder. $25 per participant, limit of 8. All music will be provided.
1:30 PM–3:30 PM, EDT. Starting Your Own Garden of Van Eycks. Blind bell-ringer Jacob Van Eyck collected some of the trendiest tunes he knew, added some variations, and put them together into the collection Der Fluyten Lust-hof (The Flutist’s Garden of Delights). We’ll look at two of these entries—”Van Goosen” and “Rosemont”—and learn how to apply performance practice techniques of 17th century music. We’ll be playing soprano recorders (or tenor, if you prefer). $25 per person, limit of 8. Participants should have a copy of the music; both tunes are in volume 1 of the Amadeus edition or the Dolce Edition.
Saturday, August 15
9:00 AM–10:00 AM, EDT. Building a Daily Practice Routine, part 2. See description from August 8. Each session will be consistent with the others, but different each week. $15 per participant, limit of 10. See August 8 for materials.
10:30 AM–12:30 PM, EDT. The French Chanson: Vocal Music on a Sweet Flute. Players of early instruments have no qualms about “borrowing” repertoire. We will take some amazing vocal repertoire from composers such as Claudin and Josquin, and adapt them for convincing musical performance on recorders. Some pieces may not have soprano recorder parts. $25 per participant, limit of 8. Music will be provided.
1:30 PM–3:30 PM, EDT. Vivaldi’s Sonata in F Major for alto recorder, part 1. Vivaldi’s music can be intimidating for the intermediate player, but this Sonata in F (RV 52) is a great way to test the water. Both idiomatic for the recorder and representative of the Baroque dance suite, this piece can be within your grasp. We’ll not only learn the recorder part, but we will also learn about the basso continuo accompaniment. We will spend this session on the first movement, but may take a peek at the other movements. Like what you learn? We’ll tackle the rest of the sonata next week! $25 per participant, limit of 10. Participants should have a copy of the sonata, obtainable from your favorite recorder music retailer.
Ordering information: Schott Edition OFB 115 or Ricordi Edition PR00117600. May be directly downloaded from SheetMusicPlus.com.
Saturday, August 22
9:00 AM–10:00 AM, EDT. Building a Daily Practice Routine, part 3. See description from August 8. Each session will be consistent with the others, but different each week. $15 per participant, limit of 10. See August 8 for materials.
10:30 AM–12:30 PM, EDT. Salamone Says, “Play a Canzona!” We know what they say about imitation, but it’s not flattery when you play a canzona–it’s a magic composition We will study a delightful canzona by Salamone Rossi which introduces a hauting theme of an ascending minor third. This SATB piece will allow you to play whichever lines help you best meet your goals. $25 per participant, limit of 8. Music will be provided.
1:30 PM–3:30 PM, EDT. Vivaldi’s Sonata in F Major for alto recorder, part 2. See description for part 1 offered August 15. This week we will dig our teeth into the 2nd and 3rd movements. $25 per participant, limit of 10. Participants should have a copy of the sonata, obtainable from your favorite recorder music retailer (see August 15).
Saturday, August 29
9:00 AM–10:00 AM, EDT. Building a Daily Practice Routine, part 4. See description from August 8. Each session will be consistent with the others, but different each week. $15 per participant, limit of 10. See August 8 for materials.
10:30 AM–12:30 PM, EDT. Dowland’s Lachrimæ or seaven teares. John Dowland lived from 1563 until 1626. During that time, melancholy was quite in fashion and it is hard to find better musical examples of this. This collection of seven pavanes and some other dances was written for viols, but enjoyed by all. Though we will focus on the most famous “Lachrimæ antiquae,” we will get to other works in the collection as time allows. Instrumentation is mostly SATTB, but you will be encouraged to play at 8-foot pitch. Don’t know what that is? Don’t worry—you’ll learn all about it. If you have tenor, bass, great bass, or contra bass recorders, we will put them to use. $25 per participant, limit of 8. Participants should have a copy of The Dowland Collection published by London Pro Musica Dolce Editions (DOL 114), obtainable from your favorite recorder music retailer.
1:30 PM–3:30 PM, EDT. The Division Flute. 18th century England saw the rise of the amateur recorder player—and the rise of published music geared toward that audience. We will take a look at pieces published by John Walsh in The Division Flute as we learn about music composed over a ground bass. $25 per participant, limit of 10. Music will be provided or you can use your own published version, if you prefer.
Building a Daily Practice Routine (4-part series)—$15 per session
All other sessions—$25 per session
$50 for only the Building a Daily Practice Routine, full 4-part series
$50 for all three sessions on a single Saturday
$45 for any combination of TWO of the two-hour sessions
$85 for any combinations of FOUR of the two-hour sessions
$190 for all Saturday School sessions (that's 20 hours of instruction for less than $10 per hour!)
Sessions subject to change based on enrollment. Fees are refundable up to 48 hours before the session. In the event of fee refund, 100% of the fee for the cancelled session minus any applicable discounts for multiple classes will be applied.
Questions you may have
How do I know if these classes are for me?
These sessions were constructed with the following people in mind: Enough technique to manage intermediate level solo and consort music
• Perhaps few, if any, previous opportunities or attend workshop sessions
• Converts from other instruments who read well, yet need to learn more about recorder
• Recorder players who need some incentive to expand to other sizes of recorders
• Recorder players who haven’t played in ensembles much and need to gain some comfort
• Recorder players who are looking to build confidence before attending a larger online or in-person workshop
But all are welcomed! Sessions will be kept relatively small so that you won’t get lost in the crowd.
Where do I get music?
There are plenty of retailers who specialize in early music or recorder music. I won’t recommend places, but I will ALWAYS encourage you to seek out brick-and-mortar shops over Amazon or similar. If you need more guidance, please contact me directly. Some items may be available for download from the publisher or their distributor, eliminating the wait time and postage fees.
Why can’t you just give us copies of the music?
Though we sometimes photocopy music to keep others from going through the trouble of finding their own, this is against the law if the edition is copyrighted. I encourage you to support vendors, publishers, arrangers, and composers through the purchase of music.
Could a class be cancelled?
Yes, if too few people sign up I may need to cancel a class. If there is just low interest in a topic, I may replace a class with a more popular one. If you register and pay for multiple classes, your discounted fees for the package deals will still be honored. All money for any cancelled class will be refunded.
What if too many people sign up and I can’t participate?
That’s one of those “good problems” to have, right? Well, I do understand it’s only a good problem for me. Depending upon the number of people who sign up, I am prepared to offer an additional section with a qualified recorder teacher who is at least as good as I am!
Will I need to play out loud so others can hear me?
I hope so! If you don’t know many recorder players, you should learn that we are a supportive bunch! No matter your current level, everyone else in the session has either been there or will eventually get there. We don’t give judgment—only help. Each of us can provide an example and it will help others learn. I have my weaknesses as a player and so do you! This is nothing to be ashamed of. Besides, hearing you a little bit individually is my best opportunity to give you helpful feedback. In short, though, no one will force you to play for others if this experience makes you uncomfortable.
If I like this and want more help, how do I keep the momentum? After the August Saturday School sessions, I may offer more. But you may also want to look into private lessons. I know a lot of recorder teachers who like to teach private lessons via video conference platform and can direct you to them. Some established workshops (notably, Amherst Early Music and San Francisco Early Music Society) are already offering formal workshop classes online and they are spectacular. Whatever you do, don’t stop here!
Other questions? Contact me and I'll try to help!