Local classes and teachers

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Recorder Players West with Inga Funck

Fall 2022 Semester – In-person and On-line!
No matter where you are in your recorder playing journey, Recorder Players West (RPW) is the right place for you! Are you looking to improve your skills (fingers, tongue, breath, rhythm, etc.) or to have the chance to play with others? Whatever your goal might be, our classes cater to different skill levels, ranging from pre-intermediate to advanced, and you will surely fit right in.
This session for the first time RPW will be holding a blended on-line and in-person experience for the intermediate and advanced classes! Yes, local people will be able to come to St. Bede’s Episcopal Church for in-person classes, and on-line people will be able to join via Zoom! (The pre-intermediate class will remain on-line only.) St. Bede’s Episcopal Church is at 3590 Grand View Blvd., West Los Angeles, two blocks west of the 405 freeway and one block north of Venice Blvd. at the corner of Grand View and Charnock. There is plenty of free parking.
Our wonderful instructor is a professional recorder player (Inga Funck) – guaranteeing a gratifying musical experience! She always manages to make classes fun while helping each student to grow as musician. She exposes students to a rich body of repertoire from different centuries, styles, and countries. Inga has played with members of the LA Phil at the Disney Hall and is an experienced teacher. Outside of Recorder Players West, she is offering private lessons as well as other classes independent of RPW.
Schedule and cost: Newcomers who have not yet been to an RPW class with Inga will be given one free class before they have to decide whether or not to join. Please note that the class times have changed from last semester.
Pre-Intermediate Class Intermediate Class Advanced Class
Thursdays, 12 noon to 1:00 pm PDT (class dates: October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, and December 1 and 8 (NOTE: this class is one hour only)
Wednesdays, 12 noon to 1:30 pm PDT (class dates: October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, and December 7) at St. Bede’s or on-line
Wednesdays, 2:00 to 3:30 pm PDT (class dates: October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, and December 7) at St. Bede’s or on-line
The tuition for the Spring/Summer 2022 classes is $180 for the intermediate and advanced classes (or $157.50 if you are brand-new to Recorder Players West and are making use of the first free class). For the pre-intermediate class, the tuition is $120 (or $105 for brand-new players).
Registration: To register you must contact Suellen Eslinger by phone, text, or email before the start of the class. Please make sure to include your best email address so that we can send you the Zoom link and the music before the classes begin. Suellen’s home phone: (310) 542-0817, cell phone: (310) 872-6901 and email: suellenesl@verizon.net [If you are new to RPW, please fill out and mail back the questionnaire included at the end of this document so we may place you into the right class.]
To pay, mail a check made out to Recorder Players West to Suellen at the following address: Suellen Eslinger, 2801 Barkley Ln., Redondo Beach, CA 90278. You may also pay via Zelle. The account is under Suellen’s email.
Scholarships and Donations to the Scholarship Fund: A limited number of tuition scholarships are available. To apply, please contact Suellen Eslinger. To donate to our tuition scholarship fund, please add the donation to your tuition check or pay by separate check.
Call Suellen if you have any questions! (310) 872-6901

Recorders Plus with Brenda Bittner

The Recorders Plus class is restarting again after a 2 year break for COVID-19. We will start with a short 6 week class, followed by a summer class with the normal 10 weeks. Now is the time to rediscover the joy of playing together in person. This short class will give us all a chance to reestablish our recorder ensemble playing.

Join us to enjoy music through the ages with an emphasis on Renaissance / Baroque music. I have attached a flyer for the class for your information and to share with anyone you think might be interested.

The class is primarily for recorders, but we welcome other early music instruments and voice to add variety to our performances. Occasionally, we demonstrate Renaissance dance as well.

The class meets at Manhattan Heights Park. The Spring session runs from April 27 through June 1. Classes meet Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00. Technique and beginners from 6:30 pm to 7 pm.

Here is the information about the session and a link to register

Recorders Plus

Apr 27, 2022 – Jun 1, 2022 Wed 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Mt. Whitney Banquet Hall
1600 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CAPrice: $66.00 (Resident)
$73.00 (Non-resident)
Ages: 18 and up
Gender: Coed
Spaces: 20 openings remaining

Description: Intermediate to advanced participants will enjoy music through the ages with an emphasis on Renaissance/Baroque music while performing on recorders and other early music instruments. Beginners who can read music can be accommodated.

Register: https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/citymb/activity/search/detail/34287?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true

Classes offered by Inga Funck directly:

Each class is one hour long. Register by sending an email to funck.inga@gmail.com. $ 150 per class. Payments are made directly to Inga Funck, either via check, PayPal or Zelle.

Alto Recorder Class: Transition from Soprano to Alto

Thursdays at 12:00 noon PST (class dates: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7)
Are you a soprano recorder player who is secretly longing for the lower sound of the Alto? Have you thought about transitioning from Soprano to Alto but are really nervous about learning f-fingerings? If you are planning on playing with other musicians, sooner or later you will be asked to play recorders other than the soprano.
This 10-week class introduces f-fingerings step-by-step in manageable increments. You will also refine your breathing, work on your tonguing and articulation, and strengthen your rhythmical skills. Not to mention all the fun you will have with the vast repertoire written for Alto!

Rhythm Class: Learn to Play with Unshakable Rhythm

Thursdays at 2:00pm PST (class dates: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7)
Rhythm is fundamental to your musicianship. If you are struggling with rhythms even just a little, taking the time to isolate rhythm as a practice will benefit you tremendously.
Learn to maintain a steady beat and to identify when you are off. Develop a keen sense for even the most complicated syncopated rhythms. After this 10-week class, your rhythm will be rock solid, despite being nervous about sight-reading a new complex piece or playing in front of an audience.

Learn to Play the Bass Recorder

Thursdays at 4:00pm PST (class dates: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7)
Want to become an asset to any recorder ensemble by being able to play the bass recorder? Or perhaps you have just recently bought a bass recorder and want to become proficient at reading the bass clef? OR you fell in love with the lower sound of the bass instruments? Sign up for this class if this describes you.

Learn to Play Alto Recorder an Octave UP

Wednesdays at 12:00 noon PST (Feb. 2 ,9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr. 6)
You know that the lowest note on the alto is an “F’. But then you encounter music in which the alto part goes way below that “F’. You are casually told: “Just read the alto line an octave up.” Easier said than done! By the end of this 10-week class, you will easily make the octave transposition without blinking an eye or losing a beat.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.


Ongoing Classes

Rio Hondo RECORDER Workshop and Collegium Musicum

Thomas Axworthy Recorder Classes (Southern California Entertainment) 11057 Valley View Avenue Whittier, California 90604 U.S.A. (562) 946-4001 *** Cell (562) 773-2265 *** e-mail: scemc@earthlink.net *** fax – (562) 946-4081

Il Piffaro de Sade

Tom Axworthy’s IL PIFFARO DE SADE continues regularly on every Thursday night. Players are welcome to come and play to see if they would like to join. All folks playing historic winds are welcome: recorders, flutes, crumhorns, sackbuts, cornetti, shawms, dulcians, etc. You might give Tom a quick call (562/773-2265) to let him know you would like to stop by.

A special class for “wind band” instruments: shawms, dulcians, rancketts, sackbutts, cornetti, crumhorns, percussion & Recorders We will work our way through techniques of playing your instruments as well as the great dance and consort music appropriate to our instruments. DATES: Thursday evenings, 7:45-9:45 pm. You are invited to begin with us on any Thursday of any month.

FEES: The fee will depend on the number of students in the class. Please contact Tom Axworthy about joining the class. The Monthly fee will be set on the first meeting of each month based on the number of students enrolling for that month. * Please do call prior to attending your first meeting for the current status of the class. Location is 5 houses NORTH of Telegraph Rd. at 11057 Valley View Ave., Whittier – look for the big hedges ***** Please bring a music stand ***** PHONE – (562) 946-4001 or email scemc@earthlink.net.

The Village Pipers Recorder Ensemble

This is is an adult intermediate-level recorder group that meets 1:30–3:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays to practice at Claremont Community School of Music, 951 West Foothill Blvd., Claremont 91711. Our repertoire includes Renaissance, Baroque, and folk music. Tuition is $150 for twenty sessions. We do occasional gigs year round. Contact Sandra Parker at (909) 624-3012 for more information.

Private instruction

We are compiling a list of recorder or gamba teachers in Orange and Los Angeles counties who provide private instruction to individuals or groups. If you know or are such a teacher contact the webmaster so we can list you here as a service to our members. Include a short paragraph describing what you teach.

Alexandra Opsahl

Alexandra Opsahl is available for tutoring recorder students. She lives in the Sierra Madre area. For more information and details, please contact her at 626-590-1417 ormailto:alexandraopsahl@gmail.com.

A chapter of the American Recorder Society, Orange County, California