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Early Music at CE

Aldo Abreu, Chair, Recorder, Winds ‡


Recorder for Public School Music Teachers


Aldo Abreu, Instructor
1 credit: $725 per semester
Non-credit: $490 per semester

This class is taught off-site and coordinated with different school districts. Contact Aldo Abreu for more information.

Learn about Recorder Pedagogy and Technique to teach your students. Aldo Abreu teaches how to create recorder instruction for elementary school students using all the different sizes of recorders. The class also incorporates recorder history and ensemble playing. Study materials include Aldo Abreu's four Recorder Technique books, and historical sources such as Sylvestro Ganassi's La Fontegara, Jacques Hotteterre's Principles of the Flute, Recorder & Oboe, and Quantz's On Playing the Flute. Professional Development Points available.

Large Ensembles

(Note: to receive credit for large ensembles, students must attend all rehearsals and participate in all scheduled performances.)

Friday Baroque Ensemble

Aldo Abreu, Instructor
Fridays 6:30-8:30 pm
1 credit: $700 per semester
Non-credit: $465 per semester

This group specializes in composers such as Monteverdi, Schuetz, Bach, and others. It provides an ideal opportunity for musical families to sing, play, and perform together.

Small Ensembles 

Renaissance Ensemble

John Tyson, Instructor
Wednesday 7:00-8:30pm
10 Sessions.
1 Credit: $725
Non-Credit: $490
Begins 9/9

This course qualifies for Professional Development Points.

The Renaissance is the largest and perhaps the greatest period of vocal and instrumental chamber music. Since each part has its own melody in the polyphonic web, the repertory is very satisfying for performers. This performance class will include a wide range of madrigals, instrumental music, and dance music. We will also work with some of the Renaissance improvisation manuals, such as treatises by Ortiz and Ganassi. The course is open to all advanced and professional vocalists and instrumentalists. Students will have the opportunity to perform and auditors are welcome. Please contact John Tyson at 617-460-4653 or for a placement interview and more information.

Bach Arias for Singers and Instrumentalists

To learn more, or to enroll in this course, please visit the Voice & Opera page.

Handel for Singers and instrumentalists

To learn more, or to enroll in this course, please visit the Voice & Opera page.