This is a database of institutions and organisations world-wide which provide recorder tuition at tertiary level. Its operation is (or should be) self-explanatory. Inevitably, a compilation of this kind will contain outdated information & other errors. To submit corrections and additions please email me.
For convenience a number of pre-formed searches are available via the following links. Or to run a custom search use the Database link to the right.
In Australia students of the recorder can sit for the series of graded examinations offered by the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB), by Australian & New Zealand Cultural Arts Ltd (ANZCA), and by Trinity College London (TCL) leading variously to Licentiate, Associate and Fellowship qualifications as for any other serious musical instrument. State and National Eisteddfods, the ABC’s annual Concerto and Vocal Competition and other music contests provide ample scope for competitively-minded players. The recorder is accepted as an instrument study at a number of Conservatoriums, Colleges & Universities. And there are a number of private teachers in all major cities and some country centres. Many of these can be found via the Music Teachers Online web-site.
In France, music schools fall into the following categories:
- Ecoles Municipales (city schools)
- Ecoles Municipales Agrées (the same, but with government recognition)
- Ecoles Nationales de Musique (regional music schools)
- Conservatoires Nationaux de Région (nearly the same as ENM)
- Conservatoires Nationaux Supérieurs (CNSM, professional schools, Paris & Lyon only)
Recorder is taught in most of these schools by more or less capable people, sometimes by players of modern instruments, sometimes by specialists who have made a serious study of the recorder.
At the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMP) the recorder is not yet taught, although an Early Music section exists in which instruction on other early instruments & performance practice is available. At the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon (CNSML), recorder is taught part-time by Pierre Hamon.
At the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris recorder is taught by Arianne Maurette (a viol pupil of Saval and Garido), and at some Conservatoires Municipaux de la Ville de Paris recorder is taught by several people including Laurence Pottier in the 9th arrondissement, Sébastien Marq and Pierre Hamon in the 7th, Marcello Milchberg (a pupil of Marion Verbrüggen), in the 20th, Michelle Tellier & Françoise Defours in the 6th, and so on.
In most of the bigger towns there exists an ENM or CNR with recorder courses. & Conservatoires populaire de musique, offer recorder tuition in many cities throughout France.
A comprehensive and up-to-date list of conservatories in Italy which teach recorder is maintained by ERTA Italia and can be found here.
In Mexico, the recorder is taught in almost every elementary and high school as well as in a number of private schools.
In the Netherlands the recorder is taught very widely. The conservatorium system is such that a Bachelor’s degree, a four-year diploma specific to a particular instrument and not a general classroom teaching qualification, is the basic course of study. Upon completion of this diploma, selected students are allowed to undertake a Master’s degree, a diploma which generally takes one more year.
Students can sit for the recorder examinations offered by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (NZ)
See also Music Schools in Portugal, a comprehensive index with contact details.
In Spain the recorder is widely taught at both elementary & tertiary levels.
Examinations boards supervising syllabuses for recorder include:
- Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
- Society of Recorder Players (SRP), offers examinations leading to the Certificate of the SRP
- Trinity College of Music, London
A number of independent teachers of recorder can be found via The Tutor Pages.
In the USA students of the recorder can undertake a comprehensive series of graded examinations offered by the American Recorder Society Education Program. In addition, the recorder and other early instruments are taught in an extensive series of workshops & residential schools hosted by colleges and universities across the country. At many of these workshop, classes at various ARS Education Program levels are available.
A directory of recorder teachers from throughout America & Canada with contact details can be downloaded from the American Recorder Society.
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