Edition 2 | May 22 2020
Playing It Safe!
Distance Learning Opportunities
Have you taken a virtual recorder class yet? Expand your skills, challenge your fingers, and explore new repertoire with one of the excellent individual teachers or workshops below.

Pick up your recorders and join a class!
Virtual Sessions with Recorder Professionals
Morning Warm-ups with
Sarah Cantor

Add structure to your life and practice routine! 10 minute daily warm-up and technique class. After doing the warm-ups together, you will be motivated and inspired to practice on your own. Practicing at the same time every day establishes a routine that eliminates the anxiety of repeatedly trying to find a time and guilt of not getting to it. These days especially call for some grounding routines. Long tones, finger placement, low and high note exercises and a new surprise every day. Warm ups are appropriate for all levels with special challenges for more advanced players.

Weekday mornings 9:00 AM, EDT
$20 a week

For more information and to register, please email Sarah Cantor .
Repertoire Classes with
Heloise Degrugillier

1) Renaissance Trios from England. Byrd, Lupo, Ward. Yes, you read it well. Trios. With me, and another me.
Renaissance recorders at A=440 a plus, but not a must.

Saturday, June 6 12-1.30 PM, ET
For High Intermediate and advanced players

2) Baroque Duets. The Loeillets!
Baroque recorders at A=440

Saturday, June 13 12-1.30 PM, EDT
For Intermediate to High Intermediate Players

For more information and to register, please email Heloise Degrugillier .
Online Courses with
Alison Melville

Open to players of recorder, traverso, violin, oboe and other instruments.

1) An Italian Baroque ‘B-List’:
‘B’ is for ‘Baroque,’ but it also stands for Italian composers Paolo Bellinzani, Giovanni Bononcini, Martino Bitti and Domenico Bigaglia. Not household names, it’s true, but
they wrote some good music for recorder, traverso, violin and basso continuo. These classes provide an introduction to their sonatas and divertimentos, exploring questions
of tempo, metre, character, articulation, ornamentation and more.

Music and bass lines provided in advance of each class.

Tuesdays starting MAY 26th
Section 1 - 10:30 a.m. EDT
Section 2 - 7:00 p.m. EDT

2) Divisions on a Ground: A continuation of the recent April 2020 sessions, which covered the basics of playing melodies and varied patterns over a repeating bass line.
For this session we’ll continue improvising over new bass lines, and explore more complex melodic ideas using some familiar bass lines.
Music worksheets and mp3s provided in advance of each class.

Newcomers: If you didn’t take the previous sessions but think you can jump in with your past experience, you’re welcome to join in!

Wednesdays, starting MAY 27th
Section 1 - 10:30 a.m. EDT
Section 2 - 7:00 p.m. EDT

Each course consists of four one-hour classes, one class a week.

Cost: $45 for four classes.
Payment can be made by PayPal, e-transfer or cheque.

For more information and to register, please email Alison Melville and specify which section you’d like to join.
Global Music Group Classes with
Daphna Mor  

During these 75-minute class, you will learn music from various regions of the world. Emphasis on Middle and Near East, North Africa. Balkans, Armenia and the Sephardic Diaspora. We will work on few tunes which will be emailed to you in advance and conclude with a lively jam session with Daphna and her husband - Percussionist Daniel Freedman.

Classes are Mondays, 5pm EDT (lower intermediate, intermediate) and Thursdays, 5pm EDT (hi intermediate, advanced).

For more information and to register, please  email Daphna Mor .
Wednesday Webinars with
Anne Timberlake

Secrets of Successful Practice

Wednesday June 3, 2020 7:00 PM US Central Time

Do you want to make more progress in less time? There’s no magic bullet in music, but there are ways to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your practice. In this live Zoom webinar, I’ll share the best practice secrets I know- the techniques I turn to year after year in my own practice room to increase efficiency and achieve results! This webinar is geared toward recorder players, but is suitable for players of all instruments.  

To register and receive your Zoom link and password, visit my website and complete the purchase process. 

The registration fee is $17. If you have questions, or if you prefer to write me a check, you can email me .

Replays of past webinars are also available for purchase through my website .
Are you offering virtual group classes, group practice sessions, or lectures?

Please email Jennifer Carpenter and Susan Burns by Wednesday, June 3rd to be included in the next issue of the "Playing It Safe" Newsletter!

Virtual Workshop Classes
Amherst Early Music Online
Having to postpone this year’s Festival meant not bringing together some 400 colleagues and friends who annually gather for musical inspiration, fellowship, and professional support. While recognizing that virtual learning cannot replace the in-person experience, Amherst launched “AEM Online” – four classes each weekend taught by different faculty members. 

SFEMS Virtual Sessions
SFEMS offers a range of virtual lectures, seminars and masterclasses as we adapt our workshops during the global health crisis. While we cannot replace the magic and thrill of in-person music-making, we are committed towards providing a superb music education while deepening the community that makes the SFEMS summer workshops unique.

Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin
In order to protect the health of our guests and community during the Covid-19 pandemic, the 49th annual Baroque Performance Institute will be held virtually, rather than on campus. We are planning a rich selection of online programming during this seven-day institute, which will focus on the music, life, and milieu of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Global Community
Recorder Orchestra
Sarah Cantor recruited recorder players from all around the world to come together by submitting a video of themselves playing a part of Handel's "Lascia Ch'io Pianga". Don't miss your chance to hear this incredible video!

The Global Community Recorder Orchestra was also featured on the PBS News Hour on May 13th! Watch the segment here .