June Mini Sessions

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JUNE 2021


MINI VIRTUAL SESSIONS WHAT ARE THEY? The Mini Virtual Sessions are short, focused workshops designed to provide in depth and detailed exploration on a wide variety of topics. There are practical sessions concentrating on technique, physicality and wellbeing, as well as discussion sessions and a focus on personal and professional development for students and teachers. HOW ARE THE WORKSHOPS TAUGHT? All sessions are delivered via Zoom and taught by our incredibly diverse and experienced team of Tutors and assisted by our Ambassadors. Each and every one of them are not only extraordinary instrumentalists and teachers, but are also the most wonderfully joyous, yet serious individuals. WHAT'S ON? The Mini Sessions for June are now open. Please take a look through this brochure for further information. HOW DO I KNOW IF A SESSION IS RIGHT FOR ME? Each session has a recommendation of age and/or stage. Any grade recommendations given are to be treated as a guide only. For young musicians who are able to discuss the sessions with their instrumental teacher, we would highly recommend and encourage you to do this. HOW DO I REGISTER AND IS THERE A FEE? To sign up: Please read through the workshop description, then click the link to take you to the registration form Each workshop has a small registration fee – your place is confirmed when this is received. Bursary support is available to all who request it. No one will be prevented from attending due to financial circumstances. Please select the box for bursary support on the registration form.

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SCHOOL AGE YOUNG PEOPLE Developing Double Stops for Advanced Upper Strings Thursday 3 and 10 June 7-7.30pm UK Time Join violinists Andrea Gajic, Callum Smart and violist Jenny Lewisohn for an in-depth exploration of how to develop your double stopping. This session is designed for advanced violinists and violists (recommended Grade 7+) and will explore in particular 3rds, 5ths, 6ths, 8ves, fingered 8ves and introducing 10ths. Violins and violas will work separately on week 2. Tutors: Andrea Gajic, Callum Smart and Jenny Lewisohn Participants: Open to advanced violin and viola players, comfortable with basic double stopping (recommended Grade 7+) Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form) Closing Date: Wednesday 2 June Information will be sent by: Thursday 3 June Click here to register

Andrea Gajic

Jenny Lewisohn

Callum Smart

Improvisation with The Ayoub Sisters Saturday 5 and 12 June 4 - 4.30 pm UK Time Join The Ayoub Sisters, Laura and Sarah, as we explore and discover some of the most exciting things that improvisation has to offer. They’ll be taking us on a journey around the world, looking at different styles, and teaching us the basics of improvisation along the way. Laura and Sarah are a multi-instrumental musical duo, who arrange and perform instrumental versions of well-known pop and classical works. They have been a big part of the Foundation’s Virtual Sessions as the arrangers of our multi-instrumental works. Tutors: Laura and Sarah Ayoub Participants: Open to all school age instrumentalists

Closing Date: Friday 4 June Information will be sent by: Saturday 5 June Click here to register

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Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)


Vibrato Refresher for Cello and Double Bass Tuesday 8 June 6-7pm UK Time Cellist Su-a Lee, and double bassist, Claire Whitson will be leading a vibrato refresher session for cellists and basses. We’ll be taking you through the basics, and helping you to give your vibrato a refresh and reset. This is suitable for cellists and basses at all levels, but you should have already developed your basic vibrato with your teacher before registering for this refresher. Cellists and basses will work separately for most of the session. Tutors: Su-a Lee (cello) and Claire Whitson (double bass) Participants: Open to all instrumentalists Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form) Closing Date: Monday 7 June Information will be sent by: Tuesday 8 June Click here to register

Su-a Lee

Claire Whitson

Orchestral Excerpts Tuesday 8 June 7.30-8.30pm UK Time Join Philadelphia Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Double Bassist, Joseph Conyers for an in-depth discussion, exploration and demonstration of how to approach orchestral excerpts. Joseph recently founded a YouTube series called, ‘Play me an Excerpt’, focused on understanding the tools required to succeed at orchestral excerpts. This session will feature some live master class style excerpt coaching and is open to all instruments. Tutors: Joseph Conyers Participants: Open to all instrumentalists (recommended age 15+) Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

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Closing Date: Monday 7 June Information will be sent by: Tuesday 8 June Click here to register

Joseph Conyers


Rhythm and Song Workshop for Young People (Primary Age) Thursday 10 and 17 June 5.30-6pm UK Time Workshop leader and singer, Lucy Drever, and percussionist, Elsa Bradley, will be combining forces for this high energy, seriously fun workshop bringing together song and rhythm. This session is for primary aged young people, any instruments, or no instrument at all. Over the two sessions, we will be working together to develop our rhythm, pitch and creating a new composition as a group. Tutors: Lucy Drever and Elsa Bradley Participants: Open to all primary age players Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form) Closing Date: Wednesday 9 June Information will be sent by: Thursday 10 June Click here to register

Lucy Drever

Elsa Bradley

Violin and Viola Vibrato Refresher Wednesday 16 June 6.30-7.30pm UK Time Join Alex Laing and Suzie Collier for a vibrato refresher session for violinists and violists. We’ll be taking you back through the basics and helping you to give your vibrato a refresh and reset. This is suitable for violinists and violists of all levels, but you should have already developed your basic vibrato with your teacher before registering for this refresher. Tutors: Alex Laing and Suzie Collier Participants: Open to all instrumentalists Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form) Closing Date: Tuesday 15 June Information will be sent by: Wednesday 16 June Click here to register

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Suzie Collier

Alex Laing


INSTRUMENTAL TEACHERS The Mini Sessions are large group sessions, focused on a specific topic. The ‘Chat with Us’ Sessions are one-off sessions which provide the opportunity for teachers to discuss a topic with one of our tutors in a group of 20 teachers maximum. Anything you’re finding challenging, questions you’re looking for answers to or anything particular you need help on, these are the sessions for you. The Teaching Sessions: Energise, Innovate, Inspire are a new professional development opportunity for both instrumental and classroom teachers (including those training to be teachers). Taking place over three weeks, and working in a small group of 15-20 teachers, these sessions are designed to focus on building and developing a specific area of your teaching. Teachers will be awarded a certificate to celebrate the training undertaken. The sessions are listed in chronological order and all take place on Zoom. Registration closes the day before the start of each session. Occasionally, late registration will be accepted – please contact info@benedettifoundation.org if the session you wish to sign up for is closed.

Classroom Based Music Activities – Age 4-7 Tuesday 1 June 7-8pm UK Time This session will be led by primary music specialist, Jimmy Rotheram (Feversham Primary School) and is designed for primary classroom teachers or instrumental teachers working with children aged 4-7. Jimmy will be sharing a collection of tried and tested musical activities suitable for use in the classroom, and drawn from many different methods. Join us to refresh and discover some new ideas for teaching music to your pupils. A further session for age 7-11 will take place on Thursday 3 June. Presenter: Jimmy Rotheram Participants: Open to all those working with children aged 4-7 in primary school settings Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form) Closing Date: Monday 31 May Information will be sent by: Tuesday 1 June Click here to register

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Jimmy Rotherham


Classroom Based Music Activities – Age 7-11 Thursday 3 June 6-7pm UK Time This session will be led by primary music specialist, Jimmy Rotheram (Feversham Primary School) and is designed for primary classroom teachers or instrumental teachers working with children aged 7-11. Jimmy will be sharing a collection of tried and tested musical activities suitable for use in the classroom, and drawn from many different methods. Join us to refresh and discover some new ideas for teaching music to your pupils. A session for age 4-7 takes place on Tuesday 1 June. Presenter: Jimmy Rotheram Participants: Open to all those working with children aged 7-11 in primary school settings Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form) Closing Date: Wednesday 2 June Information will be sent by: Thursday 3 June Click here to register

Jimmy Rotherham Performance Psychology – What is it and how can I use it? Thursday 10 June 7.30-8.30pm UK Time This session will be led by specialist in performance psychology and mindfulness, Lee Holland and is designed for university/conservatoire students and teachers. Adult players and young people aged 16+ are also welcome to attend. In this session, we will be learning to understand how we can start to think about training our mind and mindset for optimal practice and performance, and for teachers, in turn how this can be used to support younger students. Tutors: Lee Holland Participants: Open to all students and teachers, young people aged 16+ and adult instrumentalists Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form) Closing Date: Wednesday 9 June Information will be sent by: Thursday 10 June

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Click here to register

Lee Holland


TEACHING SESSIONS – ENERGISE, INNOVATE, INSPIRE Teaching Beginner Brass Tuesday 1, 8 and 15 June 7.30-8.30pm UK Time During these three sessions, teachers will work in a small group led by brass specialist Arlene Macfarlane to develop your skills for teaching beginner brass. Throughout the sessions, we will explore early development, posture and set up for beginner players, including beginner instruments, strategies for motivation, establishing practise routines, exercises and repertoire for beginner players, teaching whole class brass, relationships with parents/carers and there will be plenty of time for questions. These sessions would be suitable for teachers with any level of experience. We would recommend you are actively teaching beginners for these sessions to be of greatest benefit to you. Arlene has held teaching posts for all of the Ayrshire Music Services and currently works for East Ayrshire Music Service. She is also Course Director for the West of Scotland Schools Orchestra Trust, Musical Director for the Dynamica Brass Academy and Lower Brass Instructor with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain. Arlene was formerly the SubPrincipal Trombone of BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and still continues to play professionally. Tutors: Arlene Macfarlane Participants: Brass Teachers – max. 20 places available (please note these sessions have to be attended live) Registration Fee: £50 (for bursary support, please contact us info@benedettifoundation.org) Closing Date: Monday 31 May Information will be sent on: Tuesday 1 June

Arlene Macfarlane

Click here to register Teaching from Intermediate to Advanced Violin Wednesday 16, 23 and 30 June 7.30-8.30pm UK Time During these three sessions, teachers will work in a small group led by violin teacher Andrea Gajic to develop your skills for supporting progression for your intermediate to advanced level violin students. Throughout the sessions, we will explore: Session 1 - set up and the development of the ear, teaching philosophy, parental support and lesson planning. Session 2 - scales, studies and exercises - how we use them, what to use and why are they important? Session 3 - choosing repertoire for different stages of development ...and there will be plenty of time for questions. These sessions would be suitable for teachers with any level of experience. We would recommend you are actively teaching for these sessions to be of greatest benefit to you.

Participants: Violin Teachers – max. 20 places available (please note these sessions have to be attended live) Registration Fee: £50 (for bursary support, please contact us info@benedettifoundation.org) Closing Date:Tuesday 15 June Information will be sent on:Wednesday 16 June Click here to register

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Tutor: Andrea Gajic


CLASSROOM TEACHERS Classroom Based Music Activities – Age 4-7 Tuesday 1 June 7-8pm UK Time This session will be led by primary music specialist, Jimmy Rotheram (Feversham Primary School) and is designed for primary classroom teachers or instrumental teachers working with children aged 4-7. Jimmy will be sharing a collection of tried and tested musical activities suitable for use in the classroom, and drawn from many different methods. Join us to refresh and discover some new ideas for teaching music to your pupils. A further session for age 7-11 will take place on Thursday 3 June. Presenter: Jimmy Rotheram Participants: Open to all those working with children aged 4-7 in primary school settings Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form) Closing Date: Monday 31 May Information will be sent by: Tuesday 1 June Click here to register Classroom Based Music Activities – Age 7-11 Thursday 3 June 6-7pm UK Time This session will be led by primary music specialist, Jimmy Rotheram (Feversham Primary School) and is designed for primary classroom teachers or instrumental teachers working with children aged 7-11. Jimmy will be sharing a collection of tried and tested musical activities suitable for use in the classroom, and drawn from many different methods. Join us to refresh and discover some new ideas for teaching music to your pupils. A session for age 4-7 takes place on Tuesday 1 June. Presenter: Jimmy Rotheram Participants: Open to all those working with children aged 7-11 in primary school settings Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form) Closing Date: Wednesday 2 June Information will be sent by: Thursday 3 June Click here to register

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Jimmy Rotheram


STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADUATES Orchestral Excerpts Tuesday 8 June 7.30-8.30pm UK Time Join Philadelphia Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Double Bassist, Joseph Conyers for an in-depth discussion, exploration and demonstration of how to approach orchestral excerpts. Joseph recently founded a YouTube series called, ‘Play me an Excerpt’, focused on understanding the tools required to succeed at orchestral excerpts. This session will feature some live master class style excerpt coaching and is open to all instruments. Tutors: Joseph Conyers Participants: Open to all instrumentalists (recommended age 15+) Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form) Closing Date: Monday 7 June Information will be sent by: Tuesday 8 June Click here to register

Joseph Conyers Performance Psychology – What is it and how can I use it? Thursday 10 June 7.30-8.30pm UK Time This session will be led by specialist in performance psychology and mindfulness, Lee Holland and is designed for university/conservatoire students and teachers. Adult players and young people aged 16+ are also welcome to attend. In this session, we will be learning to understand how we can start to think about training our mind and mindset for optimal practice and performance, and for teachers, in turn how this can be used to support younger students. Tutors: Lee Holland Participants: Open to all students and teachers, young people aged 16+ and adult instrumentalists Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form) Closing Date: Wednesday 9 June

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Information will be sent by: Thursday 10 June Click here to register

Lee Holland


ADULT LEARNERS Orchestral Excerpts Tuesday 8 June 7.30-8.30pm UK Time Join Philadelphia Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Double Bassist, Joseph Conyers for an in-depth discussion, exploration and demonstration of how to approach orchestral excerpts. Joseph recently founded a YouTube series called, ‘Play me an Excerpt’, focused on understanding the tools required to succeed at orchestral excerpts. This session will feature some live master class style excerpt coaching and is open to all instruments. Tutors: Joseph Conyers Participants: Open to all instrumentalists (recommended age 15+) Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form) Closing Date: Monday 7 June Information will be sent by: Tuesday 8 June Click here to register

Joseph Conyers Performance Psychology – What is it and how can I use it? Thursday 10 June 7.30-8.30pm UK Time This session will be led by specialist in performance psychology and mindfulness, Lee Holland and is designed for university/conservatoire students and teachers. Adult players and young people aged 16+ are also welcome to attend. In this session, we will be learning to understand how we can start to think about training our mind and mindset for optimal practice and performance, and for teachers, in turn how this can be used to support younger students. Tutors: Lee Holland Participants: Open to all students and teachers, young people aged 16+ and adult instrumentalists Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

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Closing Date: Wednesday 9 June Information will be sent by: Thursday 10 June Click here to register

Lee Holland