Junior Recorder Society      

With the onset of the pandemic this year, playing together in person became impossible. After feedback from the families,
the Junior Recorder Society, based in the Bay Area in California, went virtual and decided to extend the invitation to include
young recorder players from other parts of the country.

Our next Session is now accepting registrations; we can accept registrations until March 21st.

Our next Session is now accepting registrations, we can accept registrations until March 21st.

March 7
March 21
April 4
April 18
May 2
May 16
May 30
June 13
(maybe June 27)

Time: 3pm-3:45pm PST
We’ll open 15 minutes prior and stay 15 minutes post for social time for the children
All meetings are on Zoom

Miyo Aoki, Greta Hryciw, Andrew Levy, Hanneke van Proosdij and  Lawrence Zukoff with guest teachers Clea Galhano and Rotem Gilbert.

Who can join?
Children age 8-18 are welcome. The Junior Recorder Society meets every other week, and is a program in addition to the children’s regular recorder lessons.
Group 1 requirements: know low D to high G with F# on soprano
Group 2 requirements: play two recorder sizes comfortably, and can hold a line on your own
Group 3 requirements: play at least SATB and have strong rhythm skills

Please register here
link to: https://forms.gle/FxGDNSS1DHRr93hs9

The Junior
Recorder Society East Bay Chapter
The Junior Recorder Society East Bay was founded in 1997 to provide a venue for children to have access to music by playing the recorder, beyond their weekly recorder lessons. Co-founders Louise Carslake and Hanneke van Proosdij grew up in England and The Netherlands where, as children, they had the opportunity to play the recorder in an ensemble and discover the joys and satisfaction of creating beautiful music with and for their friends. Their goal is to offer the same opportunities to young recorder players in the East Bay. Besides playing the wide and diverse repertoire for recorder ensemble, we explore music through improvisation and composition, listening and movement games. Members of the Junior Recorder Society are able to borrow the larger sizes of instruments for use in the ensembles. The program is aimed at children from third through tenth grade and they are placed according to age and ability in different ensembles. Most children stay five years in our program, some even as much as ten years.

Success in music, success in life…it’s no coincidence. The qualities involved with studying music: of persistence, coordination and commitment allow children to mature with healthy personality qualities that will stay with them throughout their life. Research studies are showing more and more that music study also enhances their grades; it enhances higher brain functions required for reading, mathematics, chess, science and engineering. “Music training is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children's abstract reasoning skills necessary for learning math and science. Learning music at an early age causes long-term enhancement of spatial-temporal reasoning.” (Source: Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1997).

“What I really liked about JRS was the focus on playing the recorder with other people.” (Comment from a former member)

“Talking about the JRS, it's hard to know where to start --- perhaps by saying that I have nothing but fond memories of it. I suspect it's been more beneficial to us alumni than we know, especially to those of us going into music of one sort or another. The ensemble skills I developed during my time with the JRS have helped me again and again. Ensemble skills are largely intuitive, and you learn them without realizing it.” (Comment from a former member)

 “What we appreciate about JRS is that the kids get a good amount of ensemble experiences at an early learning stage which is not always the case. In addition, the introduction to the recorder’s unique ranges in different voices made our son open his ears.” (Comment from a parent)

Albany after-school recorder classes

Weekly recorder classes are offered to children of all ages during the school year. The classes are held on Wednesday afternoons at Cornell Elementary School in Albany. Classes are small and children are grouped by age and musical experience. At the end of each semester the students play in an informal concert to show families and friends what they have learned over the semester. Louise Carslake has been teaching this program for over 20 years and it is now continued by Greta Hryciw.

For more information please contact Hanneke at listen@voicesofmusic.org

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