LFM Sky Workshops, August 8 - 13, 2021


Each participant may register for one of the following workshops (5 x 90 mins sessions) meeting Monday to Friday.

Jenny's Zoomtastic Choral Basket - Jenny Crober
The Music of Working - Gillian Stecyk
Finding Your Voice: The Inspiration of Sarah Vaughan - Ariel Shetzen
Exploring the Great American Songbook: Richard Rodgers - Fern Lindzon
Violin Favourites - Alex Cheung
A Folk Music Tour for Violin and Viola Players - Saskia Tomkins
Cellists Awake! Everything but Bach - Sybil Shanahan
Great Orchestral Solos for the Flute - Laura Chambers
Piano Through the Ages - Alexia Preston
Learning Guitar Through Music of the 60’s and 70’s - Mike Graham
Drum Set Technique & Snare Drum Studies - Larry Graves
Ornamentation in Baroque Music - Barbara Bolte
Deciphering Chord Charts & Lead Sheets - Tien Yeung
Demystifying Improvisation - Louis Simão
Make Your Own Split Screen Music Video - Patrick Headley

The following sessions are included in your registration and all participants are invited to attend:
Morning Stretch - Meggie Pound
Special Topics - A different speaker each day.
Sea Shanties - Ellen Vesterdal

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.


Jenny's Zoomtastic Choral Basket - Jenny Crober
This workshop will focus on a wide variety of practical choral activities and tips, including:
- A mix of daily warm-ups concentrating on legato singing, diction, body work, intervals and other vocal exercises.
- A variety of musicianship skills exploring sight singing, ear training & stagger breathing tips, as well as choral ‘best practices' to use before and during rehearsals.
- An in-depth look at one or two choral selections.
Activities demonstrated will be followed by all participants singing the exercises while muted, as well as individual participants taking turns singing and receiving constructive feedback.
Is this workshop for you?
Best suited to music readers with some choral experience.

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The Music of Working - Gillian Stecyk
Music has served to energize, protect and coordinate working men and women across cultures. We will examine a variety of working songs including African American hollers and arwhoolies of the 19th century, Celtic waulking songs from Scotland and Cape Breton, Balkan field songs and more. This workshop will include both lecture, discussion, and performance components.
Day 1: The complicated need for music in the time of African American enslavement.
Enslaved people understood the need to communicate essential information to one another for their safety. Music was a key tool to communicate potential danger, to keep community members working at a pace that would ensure their safety, and to energize the community in positivity to face the long, arduous days of work demanded by white men and women. We will learn about some of the coding for these practices, found both in lyrics and in the construction of the music itself, and will begin to look at how these work songs formed the basis for spirituals and the blues.
Day 2: Wool, Women and Work Songs
Scottish women working with “the tweed” needed to spend significant time to beat long bolts of wool fabric to make it more pliable and comfortable to wear. Waulking required coordinated and rhythmic beating of the wool - a perfect activity to support the creation of music. We will listen to a variety of Gaelic waulking songs, listening for the beats and melodies, and the structures of the music that supported this work. We will examine the lyrics to better understand the stories and sensibilities of the women who did this work. We will learn a waulking song of The Hebrides in English.
Day 3: Balkan Field Songs
Women working in the fields of Eastern Europe famously attuned their voices to one another to create a distinctive sound that would carry across great distances, in order to unite groups of women in their work. We will listen to examples of field songs from Bulgaria and beyond, and will explore how our voices can be manipulated to create the kinds of sounds made in this powerful music.
Day 4: Mining, Rocks and Rhythms
From the songs of men working to remove rock for the railroad, to ballads about process men, to rhythmic South African gumboot dance codes, the work of moving and removing rock and metal has been fertile ground for music-making. Learn about how miners from various cultures have used songs to express their experiences working in the mines.
Day 5: Reflect and Review
How has music been used culturally to support and uplift working men and women? Do we still use music today to support our working lives? We will take this time to reflect on what we have learned, to make connections to the present and to review and relive some of our favourite working songs.
Is this workshop for you?
Suitable for all levels of singing ability.

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Finding Your Voice: The Inspiration of Sarah Vaughan - Ariel Shetzen
One of the most well-known and influential jazz vocalists, Sarah Vaughan helped popularize the music now known as the Great American Songbook. Through exploration of her vocal style, phrasing and approach to melody, participants will have the opportunity to develop their own voice, technique and interpretations.
All participants will learn the standard, East of The Sun, and will also have the option to choose and learn one or two other pieces from a selected list. Emphasis will be placed on discovering your unique voice and gaining confidence to use it in new ways.
Each participant will meet with the instructor via Zoom prior to the workshop to create personalized piano accompaniments. Participants will then receive charts and recordings in their keys.
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.
Is this workshop for you?
For intermediate/advanced singers with prior vocal instruction and some experience singing with an accompanist.

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Exploring the Great American Songbook: Richard Rodgers - Fern Lindzon
This workshop for singers and instrumentalists will focus on the huge and wonderful repertoire of Rodgers & Hart and Rodgers & Hammerstein.
From a list of songs, each participant will choose a piece to learn then meet with the instructor via Zoom prior to the workshop to find a key and decide on grooves and tempi. Participants will then receive charts and recordings in their keys. The recordings will include a couple of accompaniments with different time feels to play with, plus a recording with just the original melody as Richard Rodgers wrote it. The coach will also provide material for an optional second song to learn. This song will be the same for everyone and will offer an opportunity to hear different interpretations.
We will work on some basic improvisation techniques, phrasing, and finding ways to make a song your own. We will also listen to recordings and explore the life and music of this fantastic composer. 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.
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.

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Violin Favourites - Alex Cheung
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 from Mignon (A. Thomas)
2. Skye Boat Song (Traditional Celtic)
3. Humoresque (A. Dvorak)
Intermediate level:
1. Excerpts of 1st mvmt from Concerto in A minor Op. 3 No. 1 (A. Vivaldi)
2. Arioso from Cantata BWV 156 (J.S. Bach)
3. Bolero - 1st violin part (M. Ravel)
Advanced level:
1. Gigue from Partita No. 2 in D minor (J.S. Bach)
2. Excerpts of 1st mvmt from Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Spring Sonata (L.v. Beethoven)
3. Excerpts of Czardas (V. Monti)
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.

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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.

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Cellists Awake! Everything but Bach - Sybil Shanahan
Since we explored a Bach Cello Suite last summer, this workshop will explore playable solo cello repertoire by other composers from various periods, including: Ricercare No. 1 by Domenico Gabrielli, Capricci Nos. 1 or 4 by Joseph dall'Abaco, and Fire, the Second Suite for Solo Cello by Canadian composer Stephen Brown.
Music will be distributed in advance of the workshop and participants will have the option to choose a focus piece if they have a preference or be assigned one of suitable difficulty. Participants will take turns playing and receive constructive feedback. You will also learn from the playing and instruction provided to the other participants in the session. You will leave this workshop having at least one new solo cello piece to play, and a few more to work on!
Is this workshop for you?
The repertoire is varied, but most suited to an intermediate player, with some selections being geared towards a more advanced player. Some tenor clef reading will be required in certain selections.

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Great Orchestral Solos for the Flute - Laura Chambers
This workshop will use orchestral excerpts to explore fundamental flute techniques. Excerpts are a fun and useful tool for developing technique while exploring a variety of musical styles. This class will use famous solos from the flute's orchestral repertoire to workshop the specific technical and expressive skills they were written to showcase. Excerpts will also be explored in terms of their historical background and musical style.
This workshop will function as an interactive masterclass. Participants will be assigned several excerpts (of suitable difficulty) at least a week in advance so they can be practiced. Each participant will have the opportunity to present their excerpts to the class, and work with me, learning how it 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.

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Piano Through the Ages - Alexia Preston
This workshop will explore a different composer each day, discussing main style traits, influences, performance practices, and repertoire. Participants will receive sheet music of the excerpts for each composer as well as some recommended listening. Participants will have the opportunity to play these excerpts in class as part of exploring the performance practices and possibilities associated with each composer.
Day 1: J.S. Bach: contrapuntal texture, dance forms, ornamentation, and rhythmic assimilation.
Day 2: W.A. Mozart: classical style, operatic influences, classical form.
Day 3: F. Chopin: lyricism and rubato, dance forms, virtuosity.
Day 4: C. Debussy: impressionism, imagery, whole tone and pentatonic scales, chord streams.
Day 5: Time to review and revisit works.
Is this workshop 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.

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Learning Guitar through music of the 60’s and 70’s - Mike Graham
This workshop will consist of guitar lessons using songs to learn about strumming, fingerpicking, soloing and song structure. Music will include classic songs from the likes of Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Bob Dylan and the Guess Who.
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 have a basic working knowledge of guitar 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.

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Drum Set Technique & Snare Drum Studies - Larry Graves
This series of workshops will be divided into two parts:
1. Drum set technique: 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), phrasing ideas for fills/soloing, and applied reading/notation.
2. Snare drum studies: Investigating a variety of compositions, etudes and solos designed for snare drum performance. We will discuss applied rudiments, ornamentations, sticking patterns, various techniques and notation/reading.
Downloadable reading materials and online video links will be provided as needed for personal use and reference. Participants will learn through a combination of instructor-led exercises, demonstrations and playing individually for constructive feedback.
Is this workshop 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 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.

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Ornamentation in Baroque Music - Barbara Bolte
This workshop 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 workshop for you?
For intermediate and advanced instrumentalists with a background in classical music.

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Deciphering Chord Charts & Lead Sheets - Tien Yeung
For those who have found themselves confused when browsing through a 'fakebook', you have come to the right place. This workshop explores how to interpret chords, formulate ideas, and give life to your role in the rhythm section! Designed primarily for pianists, guitarists, and bassists, we will discuss and analyse how to accompany and contribute to ensemble playing in various popular styles. We will also listen to some great rhythm sections in action and work on some exercises to help your understanding of the concepts.
Topics include chord symbols and what they mean; form; creating fills in appropriate places; intros/outros; endings; vamps; creating textures and variety; catching 'shots' (rhythmic figures).
Is this workshop for you?
For anyone interested in chord charts and lead sheets but most suitable for piano, guitar and bass players.
A basic understanding and familiarity of major and minor chords is recommended (e.g., G, E-, A-7, D7).

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Demystifying Improvisation - Louis Simão
This workshop designed for classical musicians will provide a practical introduction to jazz and the language of bebop. The workshop will consist of:
1. Lectures and discussion on what constitutes improvisation in a jazz context and the language of modern jazz.
2. Analysis of two Charlie Parker pieces: a) Breaking down the cells and components of the melodic motifs; and b) understanding the arpeggios, chord tones & scales.
3. Establishing a practice pedagogy for acquiring these skills.
4. Exercises to demonstrate and reinforce the concepts taught in the workshop.
Option 1: With the aid of sheet music, learn to play 12 to 24 bars of a Charlie Parker solo on the blues.
Option 2: Compose your own 12 bar solo on the blues using the ideas discussed in the first two sessions.
Is this workshop for you?
For instrumentalists and singers.
RCM grade 6 and good reading skills recommended.
A knowledge of basic chord types, intervals and the cycle of fifths will prove extremely helpful.

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Make Your Own Split Screen Music Video - Patrick Headley
If your quartet can not meet in person, why not just play all the parts yourself? This type of video has become popular during the pandemic and offers a new way to play and appreciate music. This workshop will guide you from start to finishing your own 4-part music video.
Patrick will contact participants before the workshop to choose a suitable piece of music to learn and provide advice on software to be used in the workshop. During the workshops, participants will receive coaching on their performances as well as guidance in the process of recording and editing your audio and video.
Is this workshop for you?
For novice to advanced singers and instrumentalists that can follow a metronome tempo.
Music reading skills are an asset.
Required hardware:
A webcam and microphone (the ones being used for Zoom are sufficient).
A metronome, ideally with headphone output and headphones.
Required software (free to download):
OBS Studio
Audacity
HitFilm Express
Minimum computer requirements: PC (Windows 8 or 10) or Mac (10.14 Mojave or better) with a 4th generation Intel processor or equivalent, 4GB RAM, 4GB hard drive space, 1GB of video memory.

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Morning Stretch
Our Morning Stretch class is a great way to get your body moving in the morning. The sessions will be tailored to the abilities of the participants and will incorporate a gentle full body stretch leaving you relaxed. No previous experience is required. A yoga mat or folded blanket is suggested.

Special Topics
Each day, a different LFM coach will talk about their musical projects and inspirations.
- Roots of the African American Spirituals - Paul Neufeld
- The Love and Resistance Sessions - Louis Simão
- Composing for Silent Movies - Fern Lindzon
- The Creative Process in Composition: Where to Begin? - Larry Graves
- Classical Music and Race - Laura Chambers

Sea Shanties - Ellen Vesterdal
Shanties originated as work songs on ships in the mid 1800’s but you won’t have to row or hoist sails during this session. Open to everyone, usually sung as a lead voice followed by all voices, it will be an opportunity to sing together robustly in simple harmonies. We will explore a few of the more popular shanties such as, the Wellerman; keep haulin; Barrett’s privateers; the Northwest passage; no hopers, jokers and rogues.

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