We invite you to learn and grow your musical and artistic practice at The Willows Nest through individual and group music lessons and courses.
Develop your musical voice with a focus on production —from conception through polished work. Through exploration and experimentation and a strong critical awareness, grow your knowledge of music theory and history as you master new techniques through guided exercises, feedback and discussion.
Group courses are cultivated with an eye on diversity of participants, topics, practices and approaches. Lessons are safe spaces to explore your own creativity, try out new techniques and get feedback. Musicians who have felt unheard, isolated or erased in other settings will find this a welcoming space.
Composer-performers particularly welcome, as we will address the particular challenges of improvised and experimental approaches, extended instrumental technique, transmedia and installation, as well as acousmatic and electronic/concréte composition methods.
Private piano lessons alongside traditional composition and theory for those wishing to develop all three at once.
While one-on-one meetings and private lessons can be booked any time – group courses run for a specified number of sessions with the same small group to foster trust, mutual support and engagement within the format.
Group Class - Summer 2022
Practice Course: Critical Approaches to Improvised Practices.
This practice-based course invites improvising artists from across disciplines to explore critically-based approaches to generate artistic productions. Engaging a variety of methodologies, the course seeks to engage critical approaches beyond reading at the level of creative practice, through dialogue, group and individual exercises and performance projects. Courses will include a collective reference list, determined through early discussions and based on the unique interests of each member of the group.
- Engage critical perspectives through contemporary works of international artists through critical listening sessions exploring concepts in dialogue
- Through individual production projects, explore methodologies to translate critical theories into process-based practices
- Gain feedback in real time through group and solo exercises, structured improvisations and sonic meditations led by a Deep Listening certificate holder.
Start Date depends on enrollment, but the course includes 15 weeks of sessions and meets for 4 hours. Course contact will include 50 hours of instruction time, and additional 1 on 1 feedback session at the close of the course.
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