LFM Sky Workshops, February 5 - 7, 2021


Each participant may register for one of the following workshops (4 x 90 mins sessions) meeting on Saturday and Sunday.

Classical Vocal Masterclass - Ellen Vesterdal
Jazz Vocal Phrasing - Ariel Shetzen
Exploring the Great American Songbook: Jimmy van Heusen - Fern Lindzon
Violin Workshop - Teacher’s Favourites - Alex Cheung
A Folk Music Tour for Violin and Viola Players - Saskia Tomkins
Study the Great Cellists - Sybil Shanahan
Moyse’s Magic Melodies for Flute - Laura Chambers
Masterclass for Single/Double Reed & Brass Players - Patrick Headley
Piano Masterclass - Jenny Crober
Learning Guitar through Music of the Beatles - Mike Graham
Drum Set Technique & Rhythm Reading - Larry Graves
Basic Improvisation for Instrumentalists - Tien Yeung
Introduction to Jazz and Popular Harmony - Louis Simão

The following sessions are included in your registration and all participants are invited to attend:
Morning Stretch - Alice Bond
Handling Performance Anxiety - Barbara Bolte

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 Masterclass - 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. It will be necessary to play the recorded accompaniment from a device other than the computer/mobile used for the Zoom session.
Is this workshop for you?
For intermediate/advanced singers with prior vocal instruction and some experience singing with an accompanist.

Jazz Vocal Phrasing - Ariel Shetzen
Vocal phrasing relates to how the words are sung in the time or rhythm of a song and is one way of personalizing the song. This workshop will offer singers the opportunity to practice their phrasing and experiment with different stylistic (e.g. ballad, swing, bossa) approaches. Music for two songs will be provided at least one week in advance so their melodies can be prepared for performance in class. It is preferable, but not mandatory, that songs be memorized.
In the workshop, introductions to each piece will be provided as well as instruction on vocal phrasing techniques. Participants will take turns performing and receive constructive feedback. 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. It will be necessary to play the recorded accompaniment from a device other than the computer/mobile used for the Zoom session.
Is this workshop for you?
For intermediate/advanced singers with prior vocal instruction and some experience singing with an accompanist.

Exploring the Great American Songbook: Jimmy van Heusen - Fern Lindzon
We will focus on the wonderful, rich and varied repertoire of Jimmy van Heusen. Frank Sinatra recorded more than 60 of his songs - more than any other composer. This workshop is open to both singers and instrumentalists. We will listen to recordings, paying attention to different artist's approaches and you will have the opportunity to sing or play in our informal master class.
From a list of songs, participants will select and prepare in advance at least one piece for performance in class. For singers, it is preferable, but not mandatory, that songs be memorized. Instrumentalists are encouraged to learn the lyrics to help inform their interpretations. 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. It will be necessary to play the recorded accompaniment from a device other than the computer/mobile used for the Zoom session.
Is this workshop for you?
For intermediate/advanced singers with prior vocal instruction and some experience singing with an accompanist.
For intermediate/advanced instrumentalists with music reading skills. Pieces may be played with or without accompaniment.

Violin Workshop - Teacher’s Favourites - Alex Cheung
That’s teacher’s favourite repertoire, not students! This workshop focuses on select works by composers from various periods. The repertoire has been organized by difficulty to help participants choose one piece appropriate for his/her level. All the pieces will be provided in advance to ensure everyone has a chance to choose and prepare.
Each session will function as an interactive masterclass whereby participants take turns playing their selected piece and receiving constructive feedback. The instructor will focus on technique, style, phrasing, and tone generation. You will also learn by observing the performances and instruction provided to the other participants.
Please choose one of these pieces to play in this workshop.
Beginner level:
1. Gavotte (F.J. Gossec)
2. Minuet in G (L. von Beethoven)
3. Humoresque (A. Dvorak)
Intermediate level:
1. Excerpts of First movement from Concerto in A minor Op. 3 No. 1 (A. Vivaldi)
2. Hungarian Dance No. 5 (J. Brahms)
3. Salut D’Amour (E. Elgar)
Advanced level:
1. Gigue from Partita No. 2 in D minor (J.S. Bach)
2. Excerpts of First movement from Concerto No. 3 in G major (W.A. Mozart)
3. Schon Rosmarin (F. Kreisler)
Is this workshop for you?
Suitable for violinists wanting to improve their playing, learn a new piece or improve on a piece they already know.

A Folk Music Tour for Violin and Viola Players - Saskia Tomkins
This workshop will explore music from Celtic, Balfolk and Arabic traditions. Participants will get an introduction to history and style of these genres and will have an opportunity to develop their playing technique.
Music and recordings from each genre will be provided to participants at least a week in advance. In the workshop, participants will learn through a combination of instructor-led exercises, demonstrations and playing individually for constructive feedback.
Is this workshop 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 90 bpm or more.
Participants must be able to read music OR play well by ear.

Study the Great Cellists - Sybil Shanahan
Participants will work on 4 beautiful studies (aka, etudes or caprices), by great cellists of the past, designed to overcome technical challenges and push playing skills to new heights. The workshop will be offered in a masterclass setting, and the etudes will be provided to participants at least a week in advance. Each participant will be assigned (in advance) a section of etude to work on live in front of the rest of the class. Everyone will participate in a general technique challenge at the beginning of each session. Participants will learn parts of all 4 etudes, while getting specific feedback on their assigned section, and learn how to work on and benefit from these types of pieces in their own private study.
Is this workshop for you?
This workshop is best suited to intermediate to advanced cellists who have previously worked on shifting and can read music in tenor and/or treble clef. Composers to be explored include Auguste Franchomme, J.L. Duport, Alfredo Piatti and David Popper.

Moyse’s Magic Melodies for Flute - Laura Chambers
Participants will explore Marcel Moyse’s 24 Petites Etudes Melodiques. These deceptively simple (and beautiful!) little melodies aid flutists of all levels in the development of their technique and expressive capabilities.
This workshop will function as an interactive masterclass. Participants will be assigned one (or two) of the short etudes at least a week in advance so they can be practiced. Each participant will have the opportunity to present their etude to the class, and work with me, exploring how this book can support their growth as flutists and musicians.
Is this workshop for you?
For novice to advanced flute players with at least one year of playing experience.

Masterclass for Single/Double Reed & Brass Players - Patrick Headley
Participants must prepare in advance two pieces (or excerpts) of music and will take turns performing in the workshop. You will receive constructive feedback about your own performance, technique, musicianship, and interpretation. You will also learn by observing the performances and instruction provided to the other participants in the session and apply these practices into your own performances. One session will be devoted to breathing techniques for instrumentalists, which would also be beneficial for singing.
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. It is necessary to play the recorded accompaniment from a device other than the computer/mobile used for the Zoom session.
Is this workshop for you?
For intermediate/advanced players of clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba.

Piano Masterclass - Jenny Crober
This workshop will include coaching and discussions of 1 or 2 works for piano chosen and prepared by each participant. Participants will learn through a combination of demonstrations and playing individually for constructive feedback.
Topics will include discussions about a variety of styles, as well as tone, voicing, phrasing, rubato, 'scanning' a score at first reading, specific technical advice and much more.
Participants should prepare 1 or 2 solo piano works and/or accompaniments of vocal, instrumental, or choral works. Excerpts of works will also be considered. A copy of each score must be provided in advance. Each participant will receive a copy of the repertoire being coached to facilitate learning.
Is this workshop for you?
For intermediate to advanced pianists.
Participants will need a piano or keyboard during the session, preferably with the keyboard visible to the camera..

Learning Guitar through Music of the Beatles - Mike Graham
This workshop will consist of a series of guitar lessons using Beatles songs to improve strumming, fingerpicking, soloing and theory. Music will be provided at least one week in advance so participants can review and note sections of interest or difficulty. Each participant will have the chance to interact and demonstrate their technique in every session. Participants will gain a deeper knowledge of the guitar and learn to perform songs. This format allows each participant to approach the music at their own level and learn from instruction provided to others in the workshop.
Is this workshop 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 & Rhythm Reading - Larry Graves
This series of masterclasses will be divided into two parts:
1) The drum set technique component 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.
Topics include but are not limited to: hand/foot techniques, 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.
2) The rhythm reading component will reinforce counting systems for a variety of meters and beat subdivisions, understanding and interpreting time signatures, understanding note/rest values and common articulation/expressions markings, and chart reading.
Participants will learn through a combination of instructor-led exercises, demonstrations and playing individually for constructive feedback. Downloadable reading materials and online video links will be provided as needed for personal use and reference.
Is this workshop for you?
For drum set 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.

Basic Improvisation for Instrumentalists - Tien Yeung
How do you make up music on the spot? This workshop 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 session. 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 workshop, participants are encouraged to share an excerpt of playing that does not use written notation.
Is this workshop for you?
For musicians of any instrument. A basic working knowledge of chords and scales is recommended.

Introduction to Jazz and Popular Harmony - Louis Simão
An introduction to the concepts behind modern jazz and popular harmony. Participants will learn to interpret a “lead sheet” from a “fakebook” and to create chord voicings. A workbook will be provided in advance for review and this information will be presented through demonstrations and exercises in the workshop. There will also be an opportunity to put your new skills into practice.
Although of particular interest to pianists and guitarists, an understanding of modern chord construction and chord progression is a great asset to any instrumentalist or vocalist. While some level of proficiency or familiarity with the piano or guitar is helpful, participants can also treat this workshop as a lecture-style webinar. The concepts covered in this workshop can be explored on any instrument.
Is this workshop for you?
For instrumentalists and singers.
RCM grade 6 and good reading skills recommended.
A knowledge of basic chords types, intervals and the cycle of fifths will prove extremely helpful.

Morning Stretch - 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.

Handling Performance Anxiety - Barbara Bolte
From butterflies in your stomach to full-blown panic attacks, and everything in between, this workshop addresses an all-too-common phenomenon among many performers. We will discuss the various aspects of performance anxiety, several of its possible root causes and explore various coping strategies.

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