If music be the food of love . . .
If the melody is what touches your heart, take some time
to develop your music skills – playing by ear, ensemble
playing, learning new styles and tunes and learning how
to “work the room” in a relaxed group setting.
“I just want you to know how much I am enjoying
your music course. It’s giving me lots of new insights
into playing and listening, and your teaching style is
warm and relaxed but efficient. It’s great!”
—Judy Baker, musician, dance teacher and folk music radio presenter.
Courses run for nine weeks
and are offered as requested. While
each course has a syllabus,
there is room for attention
to individual student’s
Jo can also tailor courses for your organisation or school.
Playing by Ear
Come and learn some easy ways to make the transition into playing music by
ear or improving your ability in this area. You’ll also learn some
great tunes from the folk tradition and work on other aspects of musicianship.
A course for melody players to build repertoire & sets, improve rhythm
and control, practice leading & introducing tunes at the ‘right’ speed,
develop the ability to work with a metronome, develop speed drills and learn
Arranging Celtic Music
This is a course for melody players & accompanists who would like to
gain experience with arrangements. We’ll start with simple ideas such
as droning and move onto counter-melody, harmony, improvisation and accompaniment
options. The aim is to open up the palette of things you’re able to
do in musical conversation and to give you structures you’ll become
confident building within.
Celtic Music: An Introduction
A course for people who play an instrument and would like to play Celtic
music and for musicians who want to improve their understanding of Celtic
rhythm, phrasing and ornamentation. We’ll look at tunes from Scotland,
Ireland, Shetland, Brittany & Cape Breton Island.
Performance Skills – Taking Stage
To increase your confidence playing in front of other people, help you develop
your own repertoire and to gain or improve performance skills. How to overcome “nerves”,
optimise presentation opportunities, deal with the unexpected, “work
the room” – and have a good time while you’re doing it!
Music for Adults with Disabilities
Anyone can find a place to
experience and participate
in music. Jo regularly
teaches groups with ‘Music
for Everyone’ (www.mfe.org.au) using
a broad palette of instruments,
movement and vocal expression. Private
sessions are also available.