Jody Miller

Musician • Performer • Educator

Saturday School

with Jody Miller

Saturday School sessions are designed for recorder players working to develop a well-rounded approach.  Whether you want to hang better with other players in your local ARS chapter or to prepare yourself to take some challenging workshop classes this summer, you'll leave each session with voluable ensemble experience.  All music will be provided, as will bonus practice materials


Sessions are $25 each, with discounts for signing up for multiple classes.  Fees listed in the column on the left underneath the registration form.



10:30 AM (Eastern Time) sessions are for EMERGING players who are ready to begin the study of Renaissance consort music.  Classes focus on performance practices and ensemble playing techniques.  Also appropriate for intermediate players looking to gain facility on a new size of recorder.


REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 28.  Viability of each session will be based on enrollment by February 28.  Assuming classes are viable, registration for sessions will close 48 hours before the class occurs.


Sessions are a la carte, so choose the ones you want or make a day of it! Discounts for choosing multiple classes.  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.


 

Session Offerings

Saturday, March 6 

10:30 AM–12:00 PM, ET. Intro to Renaissance Dance Music.  We'll learn the flavor of various dances by Susato, Attaingnant, and Praetorius, three of teh most prolific composers and publishers of the genre.  Session geared toward EMERGING players.



Saturday, March 13

10:30 AM–12:00 PM, ET.  Intro to Instrumental Ensembles.  Canzonas, fantasias, intradas, bicinia... well, the list goes on!  There are plenty of instrumental forms that are strongly associated with the Renaissance.  We'll look at a handful of works and learn how the parts fit together in an ensemble.  Session geared toward EMERGING players.



Saturday, March 27

10:30 AM–12:00 PM, ET.  Intro to Madrigals.  Recorder players perform vocal music all the time.  This music can seem boring if you don't know how to approach it, so we'll learn how to make the pieces fresh and exciting through shaping and phrasing.  Session geared toward EMERGING players.


Questions you may have

How do I know if these classes are for me?

These sessions were constructed with "emerging" players in mind.  You've either just gotten past the beginning stages or you are rusty enough that you feel you need to return to some of the foundations of consort playing.  Also appropriate for recorder players who have developed some facility on one size of recorder but want to add another size in an environment that is not intimidating.  Players should already be able to maneuver the first octave of the recorder. 


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?

Music for the sessions will be provided.  You will be sent files or links and be asked to print your own music.  You'll also get sound files to use for play-along practice at home.


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? 

I plan to offer sessions as frequently as I can. 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!


Terms of Use

Please note that Jody Miller reserves the right to record virtual sessions. By registering for a virtual session, you authorize Jody Miller to make a video recording and/or audio recording of you (the “Participant”), including your name, your image, your likeness, your performance, and/or your voice (“Recordings”). You also grant Jody Miller an unlimited right to share the recording with other paid workshop participants for review and study, extending to paid participants who do not attend the live session. You agree that Jody Miller will have final editorial authority over the use of the Recordings, and you waive any right to inspect or approve of any future use of the Recordings. You acknowledge that you are not expecting to receive compensation for participating in the Recordings or for any future use of the Recordings. You release and fully discharge Jody Miller from any claim, damages, or liability arising from or related to my participation in the Recordings or Jody Miller’s future use of the Recordings. You have read this entire waiver, fully understand it, and agree to be bound by it.

You also agree to use posted videos of the session for your own use. Please direct requests to view the session video to Jody Miller.