‘Level Up Your Playing!’
A 5-session online course for intermediate musicians
Course fee: €99
Next edition begins in 2021 - stay tuned for details!
Do you want to reach the next level in your playing?
Maybe you feel lost in a giant sea of music. Maybe you just can’t master that really tricky piece. Maybe you freeze up when you have to play for other people. Maybe you can play the notes, but you want to actually make music.
Aimed at intermediate level musicians, this course will help you to tackle your problems, identify your strengths, and level up through a combination of live stream sessions, homework and practice challenges, and personalized feedback!
This is not your traditional music lesson - upon completion of this course, you will have the tools and the confidence to look at your own playing, know what you want, and how to get there.
The course is given via Facebook, but all content and materials will also be sent to you via email.
How do I enrol?
Enrolment opens via my webshop, one week before the course begins.
Places often sell out fast, so make sure you have read the course description beforehand, so you have time to decide if it’s right for you. Not sure? Drop me an email!
Five live stream sessions:
Week 1: Your Planning, Your Goals
Motivation, structure, planning… cheesy buzzwords, but you won’t get anywhere if you don’t know what you want! I help you to figure out how you practice, what you’ll practice, and why you’ll practice. Do this groundwork, and the rest will fall into place.
Week 2: Tackling Technique
We all know the feeling – the tricky bar, or whole piece, you just can’t get your fingers around. Your tongue is too slow, or you run out of air… Argh! I will show you a whole toolbox of ways to solidly level up your playing technique. It’s like recorder gym. But fun!
Week 3: Focus, Focus, Focus!
You’ve gotten this far, but how to sustain a healthy practice habit? I’ll show you how to keep your focus when practising, and when performing. Stage fright, nerves, and sweaty palms can be banished to the past, whether you’re performing for a full concert hall, or just your cat.
Week 4: Making Music: Expression and Musicality
Brilliant, you can play nine hundred notes per minute and you leave Vivaldi quaking in his boots (does Vivaldi wear boots?) But making music isn’t only about technique. This is truly the next level – how to bring in expression, emotion and understanding of the music you are playing.
Week 5: Q&A!
The course will round off with a Q&A session, where you can ask anything and everything about the recorder and music.
Homework and feedback
- Weekly homework downloads and practice challenges
- Tailor these to your current level, your music
- Access to a closed Facebook group, where we create our own supportive community. The aim is to encourage, give constructive feedback to and learn from each other.
- I will be in the Facebook group, giving regular feedback!
How are the lessons delivered?
The lessons last 75 minutes each, and are delivered via live stream in a secret Facebook group. A video of the lesson will be emailed out to you the next day, so you can review it again and again. During the lesson the chat window will be open so we can chat to each other.
What if I’m not available then/have to miss a week?
You’ll have lifetime access to the video lessons, so you can watch them when you want! Take a week off, start later, run the course again… it’s up to you.
Can you spell out when it’s all happening...
The next course runs from October 4 to November 1, with a live lesson every Sunday. You can choose from the 10am or 8pm time slot, Amsterdam time zone.
I can’t afford the course fee.
Don’t worry - I keep 10% of places as ‘pay what you can’ places, whether you need to spread out your payment over time, or pay zero. I don’t need justification or proof. When the course launches on January 2, send me an email to request a ‘pay what you can’ place. Places are awarded in order of application.
Will this replace lessons with my teacher?
No! My course isn’t designed to be like traditional music lessons - where you play and the teacher tells you what to do next. As well as lots of information and resources, I’ll be training you in evaluating your own playing and coming up with your own solutions. You will end the course feeling more confident about how to move forward!
Which recorder is it for?
Any! Whether you play all sizes, or are just an afficianado of the sub-contrabass. Rather than playing pieces, the course will focus on practice techniques and act as a coaching session, rather than a traditional instrumental lesson.
What about accessiblity?
Although the lessons are given live, you have lifetime access to all course materials, so you can take the course at your own pace. Live streams are given by video - unfortunately Facebook does not provide closed captions, but I upload the stream to Youtube afterwards where subtitles are provided. A transciption of each session can be provided upon reuqest. The homework downloads can be provided in a different font, plain text, or by audio description upon request. Any other questions or requirements? Let me know and I’m happy to work with you to make the course accessible for you!
Do I really have to post videos of myself playing? Help!
It’s not mandatory. The option is there if you choose to. It’ll be a closed, supportive environment where the aim is to build each other up. I’ll be there giving my feedback too!
Why are you giving the course via Facebook?
For this course I want to be able to bring together different elements: live streams, community, sharing files, posting videos, comments and feedback, making friends. Facebook offers these features in one place - and is free to use. Many people already use Facebook, and are able to keep in contact after the course via the platform.
Do I need Facebook to complete the course?
Not necessarily – all session videos, downloads and homework will be emailed out, so you will get 100% of the course content in your inbox.
You will miss out on the community aspect and option to post videos for feedback.
I know not everybody wants to join Facebook, so you are welcome to follow the course through the account of a friend of family member, with their permission.
If you decide to create a Facebook account to follow the course, do this in good time - the verification process can take a while.
What level is this course for?
Aimed at intermediate level players, it’s for musicians who want to take their playing to the next level. This is all information I actively use today as a professional musician, but I’ll explain it so that even newbies understand!
I just got my recorder and I’m a complete beginner. Is this for me?
For beginners I have the Recorder Foundations course, covering the basics of recorder playing. ‘Level Up’ is for those who want to push themselves to the next level!
I play guitar/piano/valve trombone/nose flute, not recorder. Is it still useful?
Yes! This course can be applied to any musical instrument (you may get sick of the recorder in-jokes though)
Will there be sheet music involved?
No. You all play at such different levels, and some using sheet music and others learning by ear… I don’t want to exclude anyone. This course will enable you to tailor the advice given to your own pieces and standard.
I missed the deadline for enrolment. Can I still join later?
No! Enrollment closes on the day the of the first lesson, if not sold out before.
When are you running the course again after this?
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Terms and Conditions
Upon enrolment the course is non-refundable. If I or my immediate family come down with Covid-19, I reserve the right to postpone lessons for as long as necessary. For Team Recorder’s GDPR Data Privacy Notice click here.