Junior Recorder Society      

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.

Teachers: Tish Berlin, Greta Hryciw, Andrew Levy and Hanneke van Proosdij

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

The Junior Recorder Society East Bay (monthly meetings)

Sunday, September 16, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018
(no meeting in November)
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Sunday, May 19, 2019



    Junior Recorder Society    



Meetings will be held 4 p.m.­6 p.m.
All meetings are held at:
Hillside Swedenborgian  Community Church
1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito, CA

For more information
Please contact Hanneke van Proosdij listen@voicesofmusic.org