Piffaro in Schools & Universities
At the school-age level, Piffaro tailors units of study for young learners, and frequently, lessons center around recorder and percussion technique. Joan, a former kindergarten teacher, is currently in residency at the John Welsh School in Philadelphia, where she brings her expertise to 3rd grade classes. The experience culminates with school assemblies, during which student performers and Piffaro share the stage.
Piffaro is active in older student and college settings, both for music appreciators and rigorous academicians. The group can be in residence for a full week, and work with students in a variety of ways: coaching band ensembles on Renaissance music, teaching Renaissance dance, working with groups of singers on madrigals, creating a “theater piece”, combining singing, dancing and instrumental performance. During the group’s upcoming November 2010 residency at Duke University, Piffaro players will coach students in the technique and performance practice of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. The experience will be capped off with a performance, during which Piffaro will play alongside the students.
Let us know how we can work with you to create a fantastic educational experience.
Piffaro in Workshops & Lectures
Piffaro ensemble members frequently lead national workshops — from double reeds, to guitars and harps, to Baroque opera, to reed-making and period performance practice. Piffaro players teach at such places as the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Medieval/Renaissance Workshop, the Texas Toot in Austin, and the semi-annual early double reed workshop sponsored by Early Music in Motion. We shape appropriate classes for amateurs, pre-professionals, and professionals, alike.
Joan and Bob are available for lectures and demonstrations on various aspects of Renaissance music and instruments, as well. These can be geared to any age and interest level, from pre-school to graduate school to amateurs to interested adults.
Find out where a Piffaro player will be next, or arrange a workshop or lecture for your own locale.
Piffaro in Festivals in the USA and Across the Globe
Early Music Festivals, or EMFs, are frequent summer hosts to Piffaro. From Amherst to Boston to Berkeley to Madison, you’ll find a Piffaro player performing and teaching at these celebrated events. The group frequently travels globally to renowned festivals such as Tage Alter Musik Resenburg and Utrecht, and recently took part in Bolivia’s most prestigious cultural event, the 22-town festival, Boliva International Renaissance and Baroque Festival. Inspired by the culture and talented student players there, Piffaro plans on incorporating this South American repertoire into an upcoming CD. Keep an eye out for these beautiful tunes, and hear more about Bolivia and other travels in our not-just-another Wine-n-Cheese
TRAVELOGUE event in spring 2011
Meet Piffaro! Our Edu-Video
Meet the players in the band during their interviews in our entertaining edu-video. Learn about their instruments, Renaissance music, life and history, and learn about Piffaro’s 25 years.
Watch, listen, and learn — it’s fun.
This project has been supported by a grant from the Philadelphia Music Project, with additional support from the Marketing innovation Program, both programs of the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by The University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
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