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Beginning Recorder Music for the Whole Family!

Wednesdays 3-3:30 pm
October 7-December 2 (no class November 25)
Online via Zoom
Two women playing recorder

Don’t let COVID get you down. Parents are invited to make music with your kids while learning together to play the recorder.

During and after WW II (late 1930s through the 40s) a BBC radio series in England gave instruction to families on how to play the recorder. The radio broadcast, called “Home Music,” aimed to educate as well as to increase the general morale of families during a difficult time. Most importantly, families experienced the joy of making music together.

“Music seems to be the one thing which we are certain can survive in these times of war. It cannot be bombed or blacked out, for it does not depend on external things, but lives within ourselves. Whatever spiritual pleasure we may receive from music made for us by others, however beautiful and however expert—it is the music made by ourselves which ultimately counts. Therefore I urge all pipers to pipe now as they never piped before.” Margaret James, editor of the Piper’s Guild (circa 1939)

During our present challenging times, this class hopes to provide a similar opportunity for family collaboration in joyful music making. Repertoire will include folk, Renaissance and popular melodies in solo, duet and trio form.

Ages: Parents and children together- ages 7 and up
Length: eight weeks, half hour classes
Cost: $100 per family
Minimum/Maximum Enrollment: 3/6 families
Faculty: Chris Rua