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Amherst Early Music Festival
Posted by Connecticut College, New London, CT on 4/12/06
Flutes and Drums around the World:
A New Approach to Classroom Recorder
July 16-23, 2006
Connecticut College, New London, CT
“Flutes and Drums around the World” is a new approach to
classroom recorder teaching that energizes elementary school
children of diverse backgrounds and makes instrumental music
appealing and accessible to them. Developed by recorder
virtuoso Nina Stern together with percussionist Mauricio
Molina, the method uses music from all over the world and
from different eras to engage children’s interest. Classroom
recorder teachers are invited to come to the Amherst Early
Music Festival to learn about this award-winning teaching
method which has had proven results in the New York schools.
The course will consist of 6 days of instruction, concerts,
and special events designed to help teachers to enhance
their teaching and playing skills.
The course by Nina Stern and Mauricio Molina will:
• Provide a foundation in recorder technique and hand
• Introduce repertoire from around the world, from medieval
• Focus on how to teach improvisation.
• Demonstrate the power of percussion accompaniment.
• Teach how to teach non-verbally through conducting gestures.
• Help teachers to work with large classes and with
different levels simultaneously.
• Show how to arrange and harmonize tunes for groups of
children with varying skill levels
• Energize teachers to make playing an instrument
accessible and meaningful to all children.
• Show how students can personalize their music by
incorporating their own poetry and dance.
• Supply information on finding instruments and music.
• Introduce classroom teachers to a high level of recorder
Continuing Education Units will be provided. Please inquire.
The Amherst Early Music Festival is the largest early music
teaching festival in North America. Participants in the
“Flutes and Drums around the World” program will have the
opportunity to register for other classes in the Festival.
Free admission to all concerts and events is included in the
tuition. For more information go to
How to apply
Fill out the registration form found on our website at
www.amherstearlymusic.org/2006/aemf/ and send either full
tuition payment of $520 or a $100 deposit plus $25
registration fee to the address below. Checks should be
made out to Amherst Early Music, Inc. We also accept credit
card payments (Visa, MC, or AmEx) Send card number,
expiration date, your name as it appears on the card, the
total you wish to charge and your signature by fax, postal
mail or phone.
Amherst Early Music
47 Prentiss St.
Watertown, MA 02472