LFM Sky Workshops, February 4 - 6, 2022


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

Jenny's Zoomtastic Choral Basket - Jenny Crober
The Music of Working - Gillian Stecyk
A Folk Music Tour for Violin and Viola Players - Saskia Tomkins
Vivaldi's Sonatas for Cello - Sybil Shanahan
French Fantaisie for Flute - Laura Chambers
Masterclass for Reed and Brass Instruments - Patrick Headley
Learning Guitar Through Music of the 60’s and 70’s - Mike Graham
Drum Set Technique & Snare Drum Studies - Larry Graves
Exploring the Music of Stevie Wonder - Tien Yeung
Make Your Own Split Screen Music Video - Alex Cheung

The following session is included in your registration and all participants are invited to attend:
Morning Stretch - Alice Bond

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 a prior 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, intervals and other vocal exercises
- A variety of musicianship skills exploring sight singing, ear training, listening and 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. We will discuss how music has been used culturally to support and uplift working men and women, and how we still use music today to support our working lives.
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.
Is this workshop for you?
This workshop will include both lecture, discussion, and performance components.
Suitable for all levels of singing ability.

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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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Vivaldi's Sonatas for Cello - Sybil Shanahan
The cello sonata became popular in the early 1700s. Vivaldi’s works include fast and slow movements typical of late Baroque sonatas. This repertoire is designed to be performed with basso continuo accompaniment, so playable with another cello, piano, or both!
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. Familiarity with reading in the tenor clef is an asset.

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French Fantaisie for Flute - Laura Chambers
This workshop will explore the tone, color, and style of 20th century French flute repertoire.
Participants can select their own music or be assigned one or two pieces (appropriate to their level) at least a week in advance so they can be practiced. Participants will take turns playing and receive constructive feedback. You will also learn from the playing and instruction provided to the other participants. Everyone will leave this workshop with tips for improving their flute playing and a greater appreciation for this wonderful period of flute music.
Is this workshop for you?
For novice to advanced flute players with at least one year of playing experience.

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Masterclass for Reed and Brass Instruments - 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 from the performances and instruction provided to the other participants in the workshop. In addition, we will devote time 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 let us know in advance if one is required and we will try to accommodate.
Is this workshop for you?
For intermediate/advanced players of clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba.

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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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Exploring the Music of Stevie Wonder - Tien Yeung
This workshop examines how to play the music of Stevie Wonder using chord charts and lead sheets. Stevie incorporates intricate basslines, rhythmic horn riffs, beautiful chord progressions, and groovin' intros in his Grammy-award winning music. Learn how the music was created with a breakdown analysis of what each instrument plays.
Is this workshop for you?
This workshop is suitable for instrumentalists who want to gain understanding of how to play popular music styles with the aid of lead sheets and chord charts. Have your instrument ready to play! Whether you want to be a part of the 'tight' horn section or help establish the groove in the rhythm section, you'll discover ways to improve your own ensemble playing.

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Make Your Own Split Screen Music Video - Alex Cheung
If your ensemble is not ready to meet in person, no worries; you can still have everyone participate in making a video of your performance, or you can record all the parts yourself! This type of split-screen video became popular during the pandemic and offers a new way to play and appreciate music.
This workshop will guide you from start to finishing a multiple-part music video. Advice about recording your own videos will be offered but, due to time constraints, videos will be provided for editing during the workshop. You will learn how to import, edit, add pictures and soundtracks, and save videos in the FREE software, DaVinci Resolve 17, which is available for download and should be installed on your computer before the first workshop. This program contains all you will need for both video and audio editing in this workshop.
Is this workshop for you?
For all singers and instrumentalists.
Basic computer skills are required, including copying files, copy/paste, using a mouse, drag/drop and navigating menus.
Minimum computer requirements for DaVinci Resolve 17:
- PC (Windows 8 or 10) or Mac (10.14 Mojave or better)
- 16GB RAM recommended (the software will run with < 16GB RAM, but with some limitations)
- 10GB hard drive space, 1GB of video memory
Download the free version of DaVinci Resolve 17 software.
- Scroll way down to “Two Great Software Versions”
- Click “Free Download Now”
- Click “DaVinci Resolve 17” for Windows, Mac or Linux
- Complete details, ignore the two text boxes on the right
- Click ‘Register & Download’
When installing the software, you will be asked to select “Default Installation” or select specific features to install; please select Default and ADD: Fairlight Audio Accelerator Utility and Fairlight Studio Utility.
Software installation help for Windows and Mac.

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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. A yoga mat or folded blanket is suggested for parts of the class that are on the floor, and some adaptations can be made for sitting on a chair.

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