At Eagle Rock Music Studio in Los Angeles, musicians of all ages and levels may take recorder lessons. Young children and adults alike frequently study the recorder, and some aspire to be professionals while others simply study the instrument for recreational fulfillment. If your situation fits either scenario, or if it lies somewhere in the middle, Eagle Rock has something for you that will expand your musical horizons beyond dreaming and towards doing.
The recorder can be traced back to at least the 14th century, when it gained popularity during medieval times. It is thought to be older, but has only been documented as having been referred to as the recorder since the 1300s. Since the recorder is one of the least cumbersome instruments and is one of the simpler ones, as well, it remained popular throughout the Renaissance and Baroque periods. After the 18th century, however, the instrument fell into decline until it was revived in the early 20th century. Today, many children are exposed to the recorder in elementary school music classes.
Often, children are exposed to various aspects of musical notation and music theory from learning the recorder. As such, it is a wonderful instrument to expand a child’s musical vocabulary; since music is a language, learning an instrument is known to enhance our adeptness with English and foreign languages, too. The recorder is even used in popular music with more frequency than most of us would imagine: the instrument appears on recordings like “Ruby Tuesday” by the Rolling Stones, “I’ve Seen All Good People” by Yes, and even “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin.
The mission of Eagle Rock Music Studio is to help students in the Los Angeles area take their recorder game to their desired level. We believe students should learn something new every visit, and that lessons should be fun, engaging, and exciting. Our lessons focus on proper technique, competition preparation (if applicable), sight-reading, and basic music theory.
We believe, however, that each student has their own goals and learning styles, and that it is important to tailor the lessons to the individual needs of each and every student. We offer two course paths for recorder players: one for professionals and another for recreation. Since it can take months to prepare for an audition, all recorder lessons are private/one-on-one — you’ll make more progress much faster in this setting than when working alone or in a group.
Practice is extremely important for developing a working proficiency with your instrument, but actually becoming a working professional requires honing these skills under the guidance of an instructor who can identify your goals and help you work towards fulfilling them. Playing for recreation removes the stress involved from playing competitively, but the same principles of identifying goals and working towards their specific solutions still apply when teaching within this setting.
Eagle Rock Music Studios is located just north of downtown Los Angeles between Glendale and Pasadena. We look forward to seeing you come by. For more information or to set up a lesson, please call us at 323-309-8467.