2020 LFM Sky courses


This is the complete list of courses offered in 2020 LFM Sky.

Classical Vocal Master Class with Ellen Vesterdal
Vocal Standards Master Class with Gillian Stecyk
Singers, Learn to Accompany Yourself on Piano with Fern Lindzon
Classical Violin Technique with Alex Cheung
Introduction to Celtic Fiddling with Saskia Tomkins
Cello Masterclass (J.S. Bach Cello Suite No. 1) with Sybil Shanahan
Flute Fun-damentals with Laura Chambers
Piano Accompanying Workshop with Jenny Crober
Piano Boogie with Paul Neufeld
Basic Guitar Playing with Mike Graham
Drum Set Technique with Larry Graves
Ornamentation in Baroque Music with Barbara Bolte
Basic Improvisation for Instrumentalists with Tien Yeung
Arranging in MuseScore with Patrick Headley

All participants are invited to attend Morning Stretch with Alice Bond and Music Appreciation with Garry Page – they are included in your registration.

Read more about the coaches by clicking on their names but please note the courses listed on their pages are not offered in LFM Sky, they relate to LFM Camp.


Classical Vocal Master Class with Ellen Vesterdal
Participants must prepare in advance one or two pieces from the classic repertoire - early music to modern classical, for performance in class. It is preferable, but not mandatory, that songs be memorized. Participants will take turns performing and receiving constructive feedback about their own performance, technique, musicianship, and interpretation. You will also learn by observing the performances and instruction provided to the other participants in the session.
Due to online limitations, we are unable to provide live accompaniment during the session but will record a piano accompaniment for you in advance if desired. In order for the online class to work, it is necessary to play the recorded accompaniment from a device other than the computer/mobile used for the Zoom session.
Is this course for you?
For intermediate/advanced singers with prior vocal instruction and some experience singing with an accompanist.

Vocal Standards Master Class with Gillian Stecyk
Participants must prepare in advance one or two jazz standards for performance in class. It is preferable, but not mandatory, that songs be memorized. Participants will take turns performing and receive constructive feedback about their own performance, technique, musicianship, and interpretation. You will also learn from the performances and instruction provided to the other participants in the session.
Due to online limitations, we are unable to provide live accompaniment during the session but will record a piano accompaniment for you in advance if desired. In order for the online class to work, it is necessary to play the recorded accompaniment from a device other than the computer/mobile used for the Zoom session.
Is this course for you?
For intermediate/advanced singers with prior vocal instruction and some experience singing with an accompanist.

Singers, Learn to Accompany Yourself on Piano with Fern Lindzon
Have you ever wondered how to read a lead sheet? or what the chord symbols mean that you see on sheet music? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be able to sing a song and be able to accompany yourself at the same time?
In this interactive class, we will use a pop tune and a jazz standard or two to learn about triads and chords and how you can apply them to appropriately fit the music. You will learn about creating a simple bass line and how sometimes all you need are two notes in the right hand to define the harmony.
Each day will consist of demonstrations and assignments with time for each participant to get feedback on their playing.
Is this course for you?
For novice to advanced piano/keyboard players with a working knowledge of basic theory and harmony (recognize key signatures) and some sight-reading ability.
Participants will need a piano or keyboard during the session.

Classical Violin Technique with Alex Cheung
This course is designed to help participants improve their violin technique through a combination of instructor-led exercises, demonstrations and playing in a masterclass setting. The exercises and homework will be accessible to all participants regardless of their ability level. Topics will include:
1. Posture – left- and right-hand posture and shape
2. Bowing technique – getting a better tone, variety of sounds
3. Fingering technique – the left hand “frame”
4. Shifting – proper hand/thumb/arm positions applied to shifting
5. Ear-training exercises – music intervals
The course will be structured around:
- Demonstrations and instructor-led exercises will include scales, arpeggios, and short studies, all targeted for specific techniques such as bowing, fingering, shifting, etc.
- Each participant will play a short excerpt (max. 5 mins.) and the instructor will provide constructive feedback on how to improve the playing or add new elements to embellish it. The material presented by each participant may be something they have already been working on or something provided by the instructor in a previous class.
- One or two pieces (or excerpts) will be provided for participants to play with the coach during class. These pieces will incorporate the techniques discussed in class and will be accessible to all participants – adding elements and expression suitable to their ability level.
Is this course for you?
1. Participants must be able to play at least one of the following pieces on the violin with ease at the specified tempo:
Minuet in G by Ludwig van Beethoven (1/4 note = 96 - 108)
Humoresque by Antonin Dvorak (1/8 note = 84 - 90)
Gavotte by F.J. Gossec (1/4 note = 96 - 108)
2. Participants must be able to shift to 3rd position with ease; 4th and 5th positions preferred but not required.

Introduction to Celtic Fiddling with Saskia Tomkins
A musician will often play a tune, then make it their own by exploring variations and being creative. Saskia will take her group on a musical journey using common tunes popular in sessions, and help the students to find interesting things to do with the music to lift it from the page, introducing some understanding of basic improvisation skills.
This course for fiddlers will cover ornamentation and bowing to make the piece sound “authentically Irish, or Scottish” to set it apart from classical, and a short diversion into bowing and ornamentation in other genres. We will also cover how to identify the different types of tunes - jigs reels, etc., and how to put tunes together to make a set.
Participants will learn through a combination of instructor-led exercises, demonstrations and playing individually for constructive feedback. Exercises and homework will be suitable to a variety of ability levels. Music and recordings of the tunes will be provided in advance.
Is this course for you?
For intermediate to advanced violin and viola players.
Participants will not be expected to play fast but need to play 1/8th notes at about 90bpm or more.
Participants must be able to read music OR play well by ear.

Cello Master Class (J.S. Bach Cello Suite No. 1) with Sybil Shanahan
This course will focus on cello technique, bowings/fingerings, readings and historic performance elements of J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007. Each participant will receive exercises and information about all the movements but will be assigned one movement to focus their playing during the week. Each participant will take turns playing and receiving instruction while the others follow along - everyone will learn about all the movements.
Is this course for you?
For intermediate/advanced cello players with at least two years of playing and previous work with a teacher. Participants must be able to play a 2-octave G major and minor melodic scale with various bowings.

Flute Fun-damentals with Laura Chambers
This course will work on building the technical foundation of your flute playing. Each day will include demonstrations focused on key areas of flute technique including tone, articulation, finger facility, breathing, etc. Participants will receive exercises to practice in advance and will receive individual coaching in class.
We will begin the week with each participant playing a short excerpt of their choice that they have prepared in advance – something that presents them with a challenge they want to address. At the end of the week we will revisit these same excerpts and track our growth. Think of it like a boot camp for your flute playing! By the end of the week, each player will feel stronger…but not without first feeling a little bit of that burn from some hard work!
Is this course for you?
For novice to advanced flute players.

Piano Accompanying Workshop with Jenny Crober
This course is for experienced pianists interested in the art of accompanying vocal, instrumental and/or choral pieces. Each class will include lessons and individual playing by the participants.
With the aid of coachings, discussions and demonstrations, lessons will cover a wide range of topics, including phrasing, voicing, a variety of styles / genres, tempo and composer intent, as well as ideas on how to work on a score before meeting with a soloist or choir.
Participants should prepare to play the accompaniment of one or two short (or short excerpts of) vocal, instrumental, and/or choral works. There will also be a focus on the solo (or choral) lines.
A copy of each score must be provided in advance. All participants will receive a copy of the repertoire being coached/played during the week.
Is this course for you?
For intermediate to advanced piano/keyboard players with sight-reading ability.
Participants will need a piano or keyboard during the session with a camera aimed at the keyboard.

Piano Boogie with Paul Neufeld
This course is aimed at pianists hoping to learn how to get going in rock & roll, R&B, boogie woogie, and barrelhouse styles. We will talk about solo styles and how to play in a band.
Each day will consist of demonstrations and exercises with time for each participant to get feedback on their playing.
Is this course for you?
For intermediate/advanced piano/keyboard players with the ability to play piano at an RCM Grade 6 level and a working knowledge of basic theory and harmony (chords) and some sight-reading ability.
Participants will need a piano or keyboard during the session with a camera aimed at the keyboard.

Basic Guitar Playing with Mike Graham
This course will consist of a series of guitar lessons using popular songs to improve strumming, fingerpicking, soloing and theory. Each participant will have the chance to interact and demonstrate their technique in every lesson. Participants will gain a deeper knowledge of the guitar and learn to perform songs.
Is this course for you?
Participants must be able to tune their guitar and play a few chords.
Each lesson will have different levels to accommodate varying participant abilities, for example, beginners may learn an A minor chord in basic open position while an intermediate player could learn inversions of the chord.

Drum Set Technique with Larry Graves
This series of masterclasses offers explorations into a series of common drum-set related topics, with the goal of developing skills suitable for a variety of performance environments on the instrument. Each day will offer a different topic or theme with time allotted for revisions/concerns from previous sessions. There will be daily 'assignments' with the option for feedback based on class work.
Topics include but are not limited to: hand/foot techniques, drum set reading, rudimental applications to the drum set, time-keeping/rhythm development, independence work, common styles (e.g. swing, rock, funk, 'world-rhythms', mixed-metres) and phrasing ideas for fills/soloing.
Downloadable reading materials and online video links will be provided for personal use and reference.
Is this course for you?
For players of intermediate to advanced level (not suitable for beginner/novice level).
Participants must have a working knowledge of basic stick technique, drum set reading abilities and basic timekeeping (swing and 'straight' timing).
Participants must have a drum set (acoustic or electric) and sticks (good to also have brushes).
If necessary, a practice pad and sticks can be used during the classes, but a drum set is required for the assignments.

Ornamentation in Baroque Music with Barbara Bolte
This class is aimed at participants wishing to improve their skills performing Baroque and Classical music. We will do a little playing and listen to a lot of music, discovering things you never suspected. Barbara will address some of the finer points of ornamentation, including trills, mordents, turns, etc., and will cover extemporization in Baroque music, opening endless possibilities for improvisation - after all, this was the original jazz! We will also look at stylistic ways to approach articulation and phrasing. Please bring any pieces that you would like to work on for class discussion.
Is this course for you?
This class is for intermediate and advanced instrumentalists and vocalists with a background in classical music.

Basic Improvisation for Instrumentalists with Tien Yeung
How do you make up music on the spot? This course will explore concepts and reveal the secrets that jazz, blues, rock, and pop musicians use to create the illusion of effortless improvisation. Through demonstration and analysis, students will be given the tools to begin improvising from the first day. They will be expected to reflect and practice ideas after the session. Tien will guide them with a systematic approach to applying ideas in real time. Each session will include a written set of exercises and materials. How do they do it? The only way to know is to sign up! By the end of the week, students are encouraged to share an excerpt of playing that does not use written notation.
Is this course for you?
For musicians of any instrument. A basic working knowledge of chords and scales is recommended.

Arranging in MuseScore with Patrick Headley
In this course, you will learn how to use the free music notation software MuseScore. You will learn how to prepare a score, input notation, and apply these skills when arranging music for band instruments, or choir. By learning the principles of orchestration and arranging, you will create unique arrangements that are an extension of your artistic vision, and you will have the tools to create arrangements that are ready for performance.
Lessons will be taught with video and screen-sharing. Feedback will be given on your arrangements of daily exercises and homework(which will include classical and popular styles) which will allow you to gain a greater understanding of the challenges and rewards of arranging music.
Is this course for you?
Basic theory will be covered in the class, but strong note reading skills will be important when taking this class.
Participants should have the latest version of MuseScore installed on your computer before the first class.

Music Appreciation with Garry Page
An opportunity to relax, improve your listening skills and learn about some great music.

Morning Stretch with Alice Bond
Our Morning Stretch class is a great way to get your body moving between classes. This twenty-minute class is inspired by yoga and dance to give a gentle full-body stretch leaving you relaxed and refreshed each day! The class will be tailored to the abilities of the participants and will incorporate stretches that are beneficial to musicians. No previous experience is required, and a yoga mat or folded blanket is suggested as part of the class is on the floor.

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