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Professional Development Programs For Players And Teachers

 

 

PD01 VIOLIN TECHNIQUE & REPERTOIRE


Masterclass PD01: Violin Technique & Repertoire*

Applications open to violinists only at this stage.

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: Classical violin technique & repertoire, professional development including professional coaching & mentoring.

This is an opportunity to further your ongoing professional technical and musical development, audition preparation, or rebuild your technique completely (this usually takes around 3 months). Includes exactly how to prepare and execute all bow strokes (detache, martele, legato, colle, spiccato, up-bow & down-bow staccato, ricochet, flying staccato), technical etudes/studies and concert repertoire, as well as correct preparation and practice for reliable left hand technique, intonation, shifting, vibrato, double-stops, harmonics and stop-harmonics, and raising your tone, phrasing, articulation, intensity, and projection to a soloistic level. Also problem solving for teaching including preparatory exercise systems, and analytic insights for fixing faulty technique

Pre-requisite:N/A

Contact: To find out more please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Artists Pty Ltd

 

PD02 ORCHESTRA AUDITION PREPARATION & COACHING

Masterclass PD02: Orchestra Audition Preparation & Coaching*

Applications open to violinists only at this stage.

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: This course offers expert tuition on an overview and detailed preparation of the most common audition orchestral excerpts. It includes an understanding of what is being looked for from an orchestral audition panel perspective in the excerpts, as well as the classical and romantic period concertos and unaccompanied Bach suits as audition pieces. It offers tips and coaching in how to practice efficiently in preparing materials when time is at a premium, as well as performance coaching, and includes approaches to healing stage-fright to maximise conducive experiences at auditions and ways to really enjoy the whole process.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

 PD03 CHAMBER MUSIC & ENSEMBLE COACHING


Masterclass PD03: Chamber Music & Ensemble Coaching*

Application by ensemble only.

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: Meaningful chamber music and ensemble playing is dependent on our ability to feel and listen while we play - to our own instrument, and to other instruments in the ensemble, all working together as a whole. It is also crucial to understand the intention and emotion of the music the composer was intending to achieve. As much, hearing which are the important ensemble lines at play in the score at any moment, as well as having a requisite understanding of the composer’s overall music, markings, period, style and accordingly the techniques of expressive playing in use pertinent to that work. All of this sits in the context of playing our parts, within of the score as sound, with a full-body awareness. This is a supportive and informative course for any player regardless of experience, in really understanding ensemble music making. Its scope includes from the important instrument relationships in creating texture, harmony and phrasing, to the movement in music as rhythm and melody, and as importantly learning to participate and enjoy making quality chamber music.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

PD04 CLASSICAL MUSIC IMPROVISATION


Masterclass PD04: Making Contemporary Classical Music Through Improvisation*

No previous improvisation experience necessary

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: This is a new breakthrough method of classical music improvisation, which allows classical musicians to create mature, coherent improvised music as a legitimate part of their concert platform repertoire. It utilises all the wonderful classical training and experience which classical players already have. By learning a few extra practical insights into the four basic parameters which are at the heart of all music over all the ages, it allows classical players to use all their classical training, experience, sensitivity, and nuance in their own concert improvisations, right from the start. So no need to go back to being a beginner, no need to spend years learning the complicated theory of jazz before you can improvise!

This method allows classical musicians to improvise freely with great depth and meaning, creating their own works and even entire concert programs, giving wings to their own feelings, imagination and life experience, in much the same way that a painter creates pictures onto a blank canvas. It forms a profound basis for both music composition and interpretation, and additionally, adds energy and insight to every performer’s musicianship whether in improvisation or traditional repertoire. This systematic method is easily learned and is being acclaimed by professional musicians and university faculty worldwide. It can be taught, learned, performed and assessed to the same high standards which classical music has come to expect.

Successful courses have already been run over the last fifteen years at leading European conservatoriums, including the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, Vienna University for the Performing Arts (MDW) in Austria, the European String Teachers Association (ESTA) National Conference in Sweden, and at most major universities in Australia. Attendees have ranged from professional music teachers, university professors, players from La Scala Milan and Zurich Opera, and distinguished European classical concert artists.

Pre-requisite: Open to all soloists, professional classical players, teachers and advanced students who want to start contemporary classical music improvisation or accelerate their progress further.

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.

* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

Masterclass PD05: Non-Tonal Improvisation*

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: A deep understanding and practical working knowledge of atonal improvisation for contemporary classical performance. Mastering the new spectrum of musical languages, textures, complexities and freedoms which this unique idiom brings. Presented in a systematic and comprehensible format to use right away. An essential toolbox for all contemporary performers. 

Pre-requisite: Masterclass PD02

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

Masterclass PD06: Improvisation - Diverse Musical Styles*

Individuals and existing ensemble applications invited.

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: As well as a very useful introduction to the foundations of all music improvisation, this course shows how our improvisation can be enriched and deepened through understanding the basic features of a range of musical styles and influences. This course explores the practical aspects, scales, tonalities, playing techniques and touch which make up the fundamental sounds in the spectrum of music - from meditative Asian temple music influences, to blues, roots, folk, rock, gypsy, Celtic, jazz, African and South American flavours and beyond.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

PD07 CROSS-ARTS IMPROVISATION


Masterclass ICP07: Cross-Arts Improvisation* - Inter-disciplinary improvisation performance

Open to practitioners from music and all arts, science, technology, and humanities backgrounds.

No previous improvisation experience necessary.

Format: workshops or ongoing classes

Description: Inter-disciplinary improvisation performance is an exciting area of contemporary music, where music and the other arts intersect in new works which explore new frontiers. The resulting hybrid of sound, visuals, speech, text, technology & electronics is an ever expanding genre of creative expression appearing increasingly frequently on the programs at progressive arts festivals worldwide. The training, expertise, discipline, and imagination which this course draws on touch into the heart of traditional arts practice, and from there absorbs, questions, and incorporates everything - from the ancient to the avant-garde, from the intimate to the massive, from the primative to advanced technologies, from the formal stage to the most informal locations, where car parks can be as much a stage as concert halls. The approaches taught in these inter-disciplinary courses bring classical music training up to the front edge of the wave in the 21st century.

Pre-requisite: Advanced to professional proficiency in your chosen field

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

Masterclass PD08: Ensemble Skills* - new textures, voicings and concept development for ensemble improvisation

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: While improvisation can present marvellous new vistas, it also can bring challenges. One of these is ensemble continuity and coherence, and the sustainability of the ideas and emotion present in any work throughout its performance. This course brings an array of approaches to bringing feeling and listening to the centre of all your ensemble improvisation work, while maintaining the essence of the musical “story” of the improvisation in all voices of the ensemble. These keys set our graduates’ work apart from much improvised ensemble playing on the concert platform, and help us meet the number one criteria of excellence in improvisation - namely, that listening to the performance, one cannot discern whether the music is a seriously considered scored work or an improvised one.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Masterclass PD02

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

PD09 COMPOSITION


Masterclass PD09: Composition*

Composers and songwriters invited to apply.

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: In this course you learn how to refine and shape the ideas in your songwriting to be true to your inspiration, and to craft the mood via the arrangement to reflect the real spirit of the story you want to share with your audience. You will explore a number of approaches which will add experience and depth for your musical palette regarding the metre, chords and changes for you to draw on. As importantly you will learn how, at will, to always be in the space where everything just flows (“in the zone”) for your writing, not leaving inspiration as a haphazard thing which sometimes happens. We will be examining some existing songs from history, but most importantly focusing on your own ideas and writing, so that you come away at the end of the course with your own inspired body of work.

Pre-requisite: N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

PD10 CONTEMPORARY STUDIO & STAGE TECHNIQUES

Masterclass PD10: Contemporary Studio & Stage Techniques*

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: This course gives a thorough grounding in the contemporary recording studio sessions and onstage live playing techniques of the industry, as well a practical working knowledge of what is required stylistically for professional playing in live string and orchestral on-stage sections.In addition it equips professional players with the practical expertise, insights and a general understanding of acoustic and electric instruments, which enables them to make wise choices with selecting, using and caring for their instruments in a contemporary context. Upon request this course can also be combined with the Masterclass ICP14 Electric Violin, Amps & FX course in using electric stringed instruments.

Pre-requisite: Advanced to professional level of playing proficiency

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

PD11 MUSIC AS MEDITATION & THE ART OF MYSTICAL IMPROVISATION

Masterclass PD11: Music As Meditation & The Art of Mystical Improvisation*

Open to musicians and artists in all fields.

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: Learn how to sink into your music and go deep in your performance. Experience timeless knowing, endless inspirations and how to be “in the zone”, at will, all the time. Learn to experience sound, pitch, chords, scales, harmony and rhythm as personal feelings finding a way to express through you as music. There is so much more to music than playing - there is a space and flow which all the great artists have known. Learn to be at one with this way of effortless flow in music making and improvisation. This has been the way of the mystical poets, bards and minstrels throughout time.

Pre-requisite: N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

PD12 EXTENDED PLAYING TECHNIQUES

Masterclass PD12: Extended Playing Techniques*

Applications only open to string instruments at this stage.

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: Learn the main extended playing techniques of the last 60 years as you delve into the concepts, music, performers and composers who brought these to the world. There are seemingly so many by now, however there are common themes which reduce most of them to some relatively simple basic principles. This course helps classical musicians catch up on the range of extended playing techniques, how they work, and how to apply them - and as importantly how to practice them efficiently. In addition to the hands-on work, this course includes interesting listening lists to familiarise and illustrate a broad range of styles of extended techniques.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

PD13 SOUNDSCAPES & CONTEMPORARY PLAYING TECHNIQUES

Masterclass PD13: Soundscapes & Contemporary Playing Techniques* — exploring new dimensions of sound for improvisation in the 21st century

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: This course focuses on developing and consolidating a new palette of tonal and experimental sounds on acoustic & amplified instruments for application in contemporary classical performance for classical players as original artists. Includes developing soundscapes, and intensive work in known as well as new contemporary playing techniques, and explores the expressive potential of the instrument from a wide and innovative sonic perspective. Dedicated to completely practical, useful skills for new repertoires for the concert platform for all professional musicians.

Pre-requisite: Masterclass ICP2

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

PD14 GOING ELECTRIC FOR STRINGS

Masterclass PD14: Electric Strings, Amps & FX*

Open to violin, viola, cello, and contra bass

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: The complete how, why, and what of going electric for strings. Includes demonstration and practical instruction in every aspect of going electric:
• the different types of instruments and their professional uses,
• application and contexts of using FX,
• and a practical understanding of the full range of amps and PAs.

This is a thorough preparation for competency and creativity in using electric instruments and amplification in all the contexts facing the modern professional string player.

Every aspect is taught, from light acoustic sound reinforcement and the use of electronics, to rock bands and studio playing, high volume output, extended playing techniques and experimental soundscapes, and on-stage environments. As an adjunct to this, classes and training in improvisation and various musical performance contexts (both electric and acoustic) are available to maximise professional outcomes in the diversity of the contemporary classical musician's environment. Also available by appointment to school and university departments is expert consultation, contacts and guidance to purchase appropriate instruments and amplification if required.

Pre-requisite: Advanced to professional proficiency on your instrument is necessary.

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

PD15 LIVE LOOPING FOR GOING ELECTRIC

Masterclass PD15: Live Looping for Going Electric*

Applications from all instruments invited, providing they have electronic interface such as a pickup or microphone fitted and working. Must have a functioning looping pedal and all cables, power supply and necessary accessories.

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: Live looping is a whole genre of playing in itself. Keeping your ideas fresh, fluid and creative, yet also accurate, expressive and relaxed while looping is an art. This course shows you the essentials of live looping, and helps you explore, discover and develop your own sound and style. It also puts you through your paces so that your performances are as atmospheric and dynamic as a tight ensemble - which is what looping is for all intents is mirroring.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

PD16 UNDERSTANDING RHYTHM, HARMONY, CHORDS & MELODY

Masterclass PD16: Understanding Rhythm, Harmony, Chords & Melody*

Applications invited from all instruments including voice.

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: The most rewarding experience of music is a full body response and source of every move, nuance and dynamic. Rhythm, harmony, chords and melody in this way is a life-changing doorway into real music making. Many top artists speak of being “in the zone”, feeling the groove, chords and melody as a 3-dimensional experience. This course keeps you grounded in this full bodied way with yourself and your music. This is a really special transition into a whole other level of feeling and playing music, and leads to profound shifts in expressive playing, listening ability, ensemble playing and maturity of musical interpretation.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

PD17 PERSONAL MENTORING & COACHING SESSIONS

Individual Sessions with Rupert Guenther or Tanya Servaas
(This can be done either on a casual basis, or in a serious focus with weekly self-work tasks, review and feedback).

 MENTORING

Mentoring is a valuable form of personal guidance, which passes on to the student all the benefits of one who has made significant real change and growth in their life, through hard won insights and realisations, and knows the journey into deepening self-acceptance, compassion, and psychological clarity. Working together in this way, mentoring is a way to profound personal growth and emotional healing, where the student has their own unique realisations and insights, and comes into their own understanding and wisdom for navigating the pitfalls and problems in life.

Sessions available in person, by phone, or Teams/Skype/Zoom.

Click here to enquire or book sessions

COACHING

Coaching is walking alongside the student, assisting them to find their own revelations and answers which are just right for them. It encourages, questions, reflects, and holds the individual to an agreed framework of accountability which is vital for real growth and change to occur. The coaching sessions become a starting point for the person's own internal processes of review and healthy change which they can take with them and naturally evolve throughout their life. It s the key to stopping making excuses which hold you back, and instead embracing real change and growth for yourself in all areas of your life, by discovering and following through on your own breakthroughs and solutions, and blossom into the greater being that you really have been all along but were lost to.

Sessions available in person, by phone, or Teams/Skype/Zoom.

Click here to enquire or book sessions

 

PD18 MEDITATION & RELAXATION FOR MUSICIANS AND MUSIC TEACHERS

Masterclass PD18: Relaxation and Meditation for Musicians & Music Teachers*

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: Learn relaxation and meditation for inner peace. Simple and effective approaches to self-nurture you can use throughout your day, as well as more traditional sit down meditation styles.Learn simple techniques for how to be really grounded and present, how to clear your energy field, and develop inner peace through practice, self acceptance and compassion. Techniques include breathing exercises, visualisation, body awareness & relaxation, and both active and quietude meditation styles. Emphasis is on creating wellbeing outcomes to suit each individual which are attainable and conducive to the high demands of professional life.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
(Disclaimer: Rupert Guenther is not a medical doctor. Participants with a history of mental health issues are encouraged to consult their regular health professional before enrolling) 
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

PD19 HEALING STAGE-FRIGHT

Masterclass PD19: Healing Stage Fright*

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: Stage-fright is a big issue for some people, and a significant issue for many. If you do get really nervous to the extent that you can’t express yourself or share and enjoy what you really love about music in your performances, this course will enable you to begin to heal your fears around performing, and regain your original inspiration for taking up music in the first place. You will learn practical on-the-spot approaches which will change your whole experience of playing in public, and dissolve the old patterns which caused you to feel anxiety instead of joy. Includes specific take-home techniques and practical tools for on-stage use in even the most demanding performances.

Pre-requisite: Open to all musicians (also available formats for public speakers, presenters and teachers doing presentations etc)

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

PD20: THE KEYS TO CREATIVE AWESOMENESS

Masterclass PD20: The Keys To Creative Awesomeness*

Open to all instruments including voice.

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

This workshop for all artists - musicians, visual artists, dancers, writers etc, and is to cultivate a real and tangible extra dimension to our music and art making. It is where our art moves into healing. For thousands of years certain individuals have made their art a conscious meditative process or journey, which takes their audience deep into a reflective space with self and the universe, a space which is wise, compassionate, of truth, and healing to experience.

We take you on a discovery of what your ideals might be for the world, what you would like to be part of changing, of developing and refining your own inner journey and its expression through your music or art into a positive and benevolent force in the world. We explore how nurturing approaches which are inclusive, compassionate and in a spirit of serving humanity lift your game. Includes some study of examples in history who have achieved these goals to understand how they did it, explore and discover your own pathway to these goals, mapping your course ahead, and much more.

You learn to consciously attune at will, and bring this greater dimensional aspect to create with us as an integral input in our art, instead of this aspect being left to chance as a haphazard fleeting moment of being “in the zone” sometimes.

Many of the great artists throughout time have described this experience of being more like a pencil in the hand of God or inspiration itself. Yet surprisingly few share the way to it, especially in our modern times of complacency, where we can conceitedly feel like we already know and understand everything in a reductive logic of the thinking mind.
In this workshop we learn to enter this way of flow and illumination through a feeling intuitive part of us which finds this ever-creative and inspirational part of self to be its natural habitat. Here, the inspirational tap is always in the “on” position. No more writers’ block. This is the real deal.


Pre-requisite: Acceptance for this course is by interview only.

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

 

 

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Individual Lessons

 

VIOLIN TECHNIQUE & REPERTIORE*

Rupert faculty squareOne-on-one lessons with Rupert Guenther

Pre-requisite: Advanced level students, professional players and teachers.

Fees: AUD $110/hour including 10% GST (terms: payable 5 lessons in advance). All major credit cards accepted.

Location: Studio based at our picturesque rural retreat near Toodyay in Western Australia. Lessons also available world-wide on Skype or Zoom.

Description: Classical violin technique & repertoire, professional development including professional coaching & mentoring.

This is an opportunity to further your ongoing professional technical and musical development, audition preparation, or rebuild your technique completely (this usually takes around 3 months). Includes exactly how to prepare and execute all bow strokes (detache, martele, legato, colle, spiccato, up-bow & down-bow staccato, ricochet, flying staccato), technical etudes/studies and concert repertoire, as well as correct preparation and practice for reliable left hand technique, intonation, shifting, vibrato, double-stops, harmonics and stop-harmonics, and raising your tone, phrasing, articulation, intensity, and projection to a soloistic level. Also problem solving for teaching including preparatory exercise systems, and analytic insights for fixing faulty technique

Contact: To find out more please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email

Book now
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Artists Pty Ltd

 

GOING ELECTRIC FOR STRINGS*

Rupert faculty squareOne-on-one lessons with Rupert Guenther

Pre-requisite: Open to all students, music teachers and musicians of an intermediate standard and above 

Fees: AUD $110/hour including 10% GST (terms: payable 5 lessons in advance). All major credit cards accepted.

Location: Studio based at our picturesque rural retreat near Toodyay in Western Australia. Lessons also available world-wide on Skype or Zoom.

Description: Everything you need for going electric with violin, viola, cello & contra-bass.

Learn how to go electric for strings. Includes practical instruction and experience in every aspect of going electric. Discover how to use the different types of instruments, what the different FX pedals do and how to use them, using looping pedals, and a practical understanding of the range of amps and PAs. This course allows participants of classical string instruments to have the first hand experience and know-how to play on electric instruments in rock, blues, pop and folk/world music solo or in bands. Also available is expert consultation and guidance to purchase appropriate instruments, amps and FX if you don't already have them.

Contact: To find out more please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email 

Book now
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Artists Pty Ltd

 

HEALING STAGE-FRIGHT*

Rupert faculty squareOne-on-one lessons with Rupert Guenther

Pre-requisite: Open to all instruments (also available formats for public speakers, presenters and teachers doing presentations etc)

Fees: AUD $110/hour including 10% GST (terms: payable 5 lessons in advance). All major credit cards accepted.

Location: Studio based at our picturesque rural retreat near Toodyay in Western Australia. Lessons also available world-wide on Skype or Zoom.

Description: Stage-fright is a big issue for some people, and a significant issue for many. If you do get really nervous to the extent that you can’t express yourself or share and enjoy what you really love about music in your performances, this course will enable you to begin to heal your fears around performing, and regain your original inspiration for taking up music in the first place. 

You will learn practical on-the-spot approaches which will change your whole experience of playing in public, and dissolve the old patterns which caused you to feel anxiety instead of joy. Includes specific take-home techniques and practical tools for on-stage use in even the most demanding performances.

Contact: To find out more please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email

Book now
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Artists Pty Ltd

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC IMPROVISATION*

Rupert faculty squareOne-on-one lessons with Rupert Guenther

Pre-requisite: Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc. No previous improvisation experience necessary. 

Fees: AUD $110/hour including 10% GST (terms: payable 5 lessons in advance). All major credit cards accepted.

Location: Studio based at our picturesque rural retreat near Toodyay in Western Australia. Lessons also available world-wide on Skype or Zoom.

Description: This is an opportunity for participants to get intensive (and fun!) experience in making their own music through improvisation and composition.

Open to all players, teachers and musicians of an intermediate standard and above, who want to start music improvisation and composition or accelerate their progress further. Learn how to improvise and compose your own music solo or in bands and ensembles. Includes classical music, rock, pop, blues and folk/world music sounds and styles. Start your own band, record your own music, or just jam with your friends. These skills enable you to express yourself, your ideas and your passion through your own music. They are the ticket to being able to join in and play with other students and musicians of any musical background or style without needing music stands or pieces of paper for the notes. No need to learn another instrument to join in, the instrument you can already play is perfect!

Contact: To find out more please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email

Book now
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Artists Pty Ltd

 

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Meditation & Personal Development, Mentoring & Coaching

 

MINI MEDITATION RETREAT

Mini Meditation Retreat - Fiona Birt photo credit tanyanew rupertheadshot 1

Come along to a 4-hour mini meditation retreat close to the city at our new School of Creative Arts in Wangara or our picturesque country campus retreat near Toodyay and discover some simple and effective ways to meditate and/or refine your existing meditation techniques.

Meditation helps you to relax, builds self-confidence and enables you to live in the present moment. Some of the tools you will discover on the day include how to still the mind from mental chatter and the inner critic, being more heart-connected and accepting and loving of self and setting appropriate boundaries and how to manage toxic people and situations.

Mini Meditation Retreats are held monthly at each location and each retreat has its own unique theme and focus. The first date each month will be held at our new music academy in Wangara and the second date will be held in Toodyay.

Our upcoming monthly mini meditation retreats:

12 or 26 June - Mini Meditation Retreat on Setting Loving Boundaries
10 or 31 July - Mini Meditation Retreat on Healing and Relationships
14 or 28 August - Mini Meditation Retreat on Gratitude and Appreciation
11 or 25 September - Mini Meditation Retreat on Self Acceptance and Courage
16 or 30 October - Mini Meditation Retreat on Self Love and Self Worth
13 or 27 November - Mini Meditation Retreat on Kindness and Self Esteem
Meditation is becoming a way of life for many people, including Hugh Jackman, Oprah Winfrey and Russell Brand. "Now I meditate twice a day for half an hour. In meditation, I can let go of everything. I'm not Hugh Jackman. I'm not a dad. I'm not a husband. I'm just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it." Hugh Jackman

Facilitators Tanya Servaas and Rupert Guenther, are qualified mentors and coaches with extensive meditation experience both personally and professionally, are passionate about facilitating the mini meditation retreats because they are able to share with participants something they love that has helped them over many years.

"Learning how to meditate was a turning point in my life", said Tanya. "I feel more relaxed and I can respond to life more calmly because I feel more present, grounded and in my heart. Participants attending the mini meditation retreat will discover some simple, practical and empowering meditation tools that they can use in their lives."

"We have been offering these retreats now for a few years at varoius locations around Perth and hundreds of people have really enjoyed and benefited from the experience. We are excited to announce that our Mini Meditation Retreats have two new homes - at our new international School of Creative Arts in Wangara and at a beautiful picturesque country retreat near Toodyay, where you are surrounded by pastures, winding hills, beautiful trees, red dirt, kangaroos (when they visit the property which is most days) and birds singing. It's truly a healing experience just being at both locations."

The cost of the retreat is only $140 inclusive of GST (plus BF on Eventbrite) or come with a friend and pay $120 each inclusive of GST (plus BF on Eventbrite). Afternoon tea provided and optional meet and greet when in Toodyay with our friendly farm animals which includes two affectionate pet sheep, goats, donkeys and alpacas.

Places are limited and early bookings are advised.

To make make a booking call Tanya on 0413 265 831.


(Disclaimer: Rupert Guenther and Tanya Servaas are not medical doctors. Participants with a history of mental health issues are encouraged to consult their regular health professional before enrolling)
* All classes, meditation approaches, content and materials remain property of the Cosmosis Mentoring Centre

 

 

WEEKLY IN-PERSON MEDITATION CLASSES WITH RUPERT GUENTHER AND TANYA SERVAAS

tanyanewrupertheadshot 1MONDAYS - School of Creative Arts, Wangara
7:00pm To express and interest in this class click HERE.

WEDNESDAYS - Zoom/teleconference
9:30pm Melbourne/Sydney Time
Region: Australia/Asia. To express and interest in this class click HERE.

These weekly classes share simple and effective meditation approaches in how to keep your energy clear and clean, not take on other people's stuff, and be a source of harmony in life to yourself and those around you.You can use these on-the-fly approaches throughout your day, as well as for more traditional sit-down meditations.

Learning how to be really grounded in yourself, how to clear your energy field, and beginning to develop self-acceptance and compassion are foundations for being present at a soul and spirit dimension in your life.

And feeling more 'present' and connected, having better relationships, being less scattered, getting less stressed, and not letting fears and/or other people's egos run your life are the result of learning to be soul and spirit present. Using these approaches, you will learn how to have better boundaries, to connect with your heart and creative source, and how to change your old patterns which are no longer serving you.
(Disclaimer: Rupert Guenther and Tanya Servaas are not medical doctors. Participants with a history of mental health issues are encouraged to consult their regular health professional before enrolling)
* All classes, meditation approaches, content and materials remain property of the Cosmosis Mentoring Centre

 

MENTORING & COACHING - individual sessions

tanyanewrupertheadshot 1Individual Sessions with Rupert Guenther or Tanya Servaas
(This can be done either on a casual basis, or in a serious focus with weekly self-work tasks, review and feedback).

 

MENTORING

Mentoring is a valuable form of personal guidance, which passes on to the student all the benefits of one who has made significant real change and growth in their life, through hard won insights and realisations, and knows the journey into deepening self-acceptance, compassion, and psychological clarity. Working together in this way, mentoring is a way to profound personal growth and emotional healing, where the student has their own unique realisations and insights, and comes into their own understanding and wisdom for navigating the pitfalls and problems in life.

Sessions available in person, by phone, or Skype.

Click here to enquire or book sessions

 

COACHING

Coaching is walking alongside the student, assisting them to find their own revelations and answers which are just right for them. It encourages, questions, reflects, and holds the individual to an agreed framework of accountability which is vital for real growth and change to occur. The coaching sessions become a starting point for the person's own internal processes of review and healthy change which they can take with them and naturally evolve throughout their life. It s the key to stopping making excuses which hold you back, and instead embracing real change and growth for yourself in all areas of your life, by discovering and following through on your own breakthroughs and solutions, and blossom into the greater being that you really have been all along but were lost to.

Sessions available in person, by phone, or Skype.

Click here to enquire or book sessions

 

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL MENTORING FOR ACCELERATED PERSONAL GROWTH*

tanyanewrupertheadshot 1 Individual Sessions with Rupert Guenther or Tanya Servaas

This is a pathway for people who sense there is more to life than just eating, drinking and sleeping, relationships, going to work, and having pastimes. As I have said, mentoring is a valuable form of personal guidance, which passes on to the student all the benefits of one who has made significant real change and growth in their life, through hard won insights and realisations, and knows the journey into deepening self-acceptance, compassion, and psychological clarity. Working together in this way, mentoring is a way to profound personal growth and emotional healing, where the student has their own unique realisations and insights, and comes into their own understanding and wisdom for navigating the pitfalls and problems in life. Personal spiritual mentoring is where you work in this way on your self development, selflessness, psychological clarity and emotional healing and your ability to function from a place of unconditional love and self-mastery every day - just like you practice your violin or piano every day if you are serious about your musical development.

Sessions available in person, by phone, or Skype.

Click here to enquire or book.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

 

 unimasterclass

Masterclasses for Universities, Conservatoriums & Music Academies

The Integrated Contemporary Performance* (ICP) range of masterclasses, workshops & professional development courses for universities, conservatoriums & music academies.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

ICP01 VIOLIN TECHNIQUE & REPERTOIRE


Masterclass ICP01: Violin Technique & Repertoire*

Applications open to violinists only at this stage.

Format: Masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

Description: Classical violin technique & repertoire, professional development including professional coaching & mentoring.

This is an opportunity to further your ongoing professional technical and musical development, audition preparation, or rebuild your technique completely (this usually takes around 3 months). Includes exactly how to prepare and execute all bow strokes (detache, martele, legato, colle, spiccato, up-bow & down-bow staccato, ricochet, flying staccato), technical etudes/studies and concert repertoire, as well as correct preparation and practice for reliable left hand technique, intonation, shifting, vibrato, double-stops, harmonics and stop-harmonics, and raising your tone, phrasing, articulation, intensity, and projection to a soloistic level. Also problem solving for teaching including preparatory exercise systems, and analytic insights for fixing faulty technique

Pre-requisite:N/A

Contact: To find out more please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Artists Pty Ltd

 

ICP02 ORCHESTRA AUDITION PREPARATION & COACHING

Masterclass ICP02: Orchestra Audition Preparation & Coaching*

Applications open to violinists only at this stage.

Format: Masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

Description: This course offers expert tuition on an overview and detailed preparation of the most common audition orchestral excerpts. It includes an understanding of what is being looked for from an orchestral audition panel perspective in the excerpts, as well as the classical and romantic period concertos and unaccompanied Bach suits as audition pieces. It offers tips and coaching in how to practice efficiently in preparing materials when time is at a premium, as well as performance coaching, and includes approaches to healing stage-fright to maximise conducive experiences at auditions and ways to really enjoy the whole process.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

Masterclass ICP03: Chamber Music & Ensemble Coaching*

Application by ensemble only.

Format: Masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

Description: Meaningful chamber music and ensemble playing is dependent on our ability to feel and listen while we play - to our own instrument, and to other instruments in the ensemble, all working together as a whole. It is also crucial to understand the intention and emotion of the music the composer was intending to achieve. As much, hearing which are the important ensemble lines at play in the score at any moment, as well as having a requisite understanding of the composer’s overall music, markings, period, style and accordingly the techniques of expressive playing in use pertinent to that work. All of this sits in the context of playing our parts, within of the score as sound, with a full-body awareness. This is a supportive and informative course for any player regardless of experience, in really understanding ensemble music making. Its scope includes from the important instrument relationships in creating texture, harmony and phrasing, to the movement in music as rhythm and melody, and as importantly learning to participate and enjoy making quality chamber music.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

Masterclass ICP04: Making Contemporary Classical Music Through Improvisation*

No previous improvisation experience necessary

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: Masterclass or ongoing contact sessions.

Description: This is a new breakthrough method of classical music improvisation, which allows classical musicians to create mature, coherent improvised music as a legitimate part of their concert platform repertoire. It utilises all the wonderful classical training and experience which classical players already have. By learning a few extra practical insights into the four basic parameters which are at the heart of all music over all the ages, it allows classical players to use all their classical training, experience, sensitivity, and nuance in their own concert improvisations, right from the start. So no need to go back to being a beginner, no need to spend years learning the complicated theory of jazz before you can improvise!

This method allows classical musicians to improvise freely with great depth and meaning, creating their own works and even entire concert programs, giving wings to their own feelings, imagination and life experience, in much the same way that a painter creates pictures onto a blank canvas. It forms a profound basis for both music composition and interpretation, and additionally, adds energy and insight to every performer’s musicianship whether in improvisation or traditional repertoire. This systematic method is easily learned and is being acclaimed by professional musicians and university faculty worldwide. It can be taught, learned, performed and assessed to the same high standards which classical music has come to expect.

Successful courses have already been run over the last fifteen years at leading European conservatoriums, including the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, Vienna University for the Performing Arts (MDW) in Austria, the European String Teachers Association (ESTA) National Conference in Sweden, and at most major universities in Australia. Attendees have ranged from professional music teachers, university professors, players from La Scala Milan and Zurich Opera, and distinguished European classical concert artists.

Pre-requisite: Open to all soloists, professional classical players, teachers and advanced students who want to start contemporary classical music improvisation or accelerate their progress further. 

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

Masterclass ICP05: Non-Tonal Improvisation*

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: Masterclass OR ongoing contact sessions

Description: A deep understanding and practical working knowledge of atonal improvisation for contemporary classical performance. Mastering the new spectrum of musical languages, textures, complexities and freedoms which this unique idiom brings. Presented in a systematic and comprehensible format to use right away. An essential toolbox for all contemporary performers. 

Pre-requisite: Masterclass ICP2

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

Masterclass ICP06: Improvisation - Diverse Musical Styles*

Individuals and existing ensemble applications invited.

Format: Masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

Description: As well as a very useful introduction to the foundations of all music improvisation, this course shows how our improvisation can be enriched and deepened through understanding the basic features of a range of musical styles and influences. This course explores the practical aspects, scales, tonalities, playing techniques and touch which make up the fundamental sounds in the spectrum of music - from meditative Asian temple music influences, to blues, roots, folk, rock, gypsy, Celtic, jazz, African and South American flavours and beyond.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

Masterclass ICP07: Cross-Arts Improvisation* - Inter-disciplinary improvisation performance

Open to practitioners from music and all arts, science, technology, and humanities backgrounds.

No previous improvisation experience necessary.

Format: workshops or ongoing classes

Description: Inter-disciplinary improvisation performance is an exciting area of contemporary music, where music and the other arts intersect in new works which explore new frontiers. The resulting hybrid of sound, visuals, speech, text, technology & electronics is an ever expanding genre of creative expression appearing increasingly frequently on the programs at progressive arts festivals worldwide. The training, expertise, discipline, and imagination which this course draws on touch into the heart of traditional arts practice, and from there absorbs, questions, and incorporates everything - from the ancient to the avant-garde, from the intimate to the massive, from the primative to advanced technologies, from the formal stage to the most informal locations, where car parks can be as much a stage as concert halls. The approaches taught in these inter-disciplinary courses bring classical music training up to the front edge of the wave in the 21st century.

Pre-requisite: Advanced to professional proficiency in your chosen field

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

Masterclass ICP08: Ensemble Skills* - new textures, voicings and concept development for ensemble improvisation

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: Masterclass OR ongoing contact sessions

Description: While improvisation can present marvellous new vistas, it also can bring challenges. One of these is ensemble continuity and coherence, and the sustainability of the ideas and emotion present in any work throughout its performance. This course brings an array of approaches to bringing feeling and listening to the centre of all your ensemble improvisation work, while maintaining the essence of the musical “story” of the improvisation in all voices of the ensemble. These keys set our graduates’ work apart from much improvised ensemble playing on the concert platform, and help us meet the number one criteria of excellence in improvisation - namely, that listening to the performance, one cannot discern whether the music is a seriously considered scored work or an improvised one.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Masterclass ICP2

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

ICP09 COMPOSITION

Masterclass ICP09: Composition*

Composers and songwriters invited to apply.

Format: Masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

Description: In this course you learn how to refine and shape the ideas in your songwriting to be true to your inspiration, and to craft the mood via the arrangement to reflect the real spirit of the story you want to share with your audience. You will explore a number of approaches which will add experience and depth for your musical palette regarding the metre, chords and changes for you to draw on. As importantly you will learn how, at will, to always be in the space where everything just flows (“in the zone”) for your writing, not leaving inspiration as a haphazard thing which sometimes happens. We will be examining some existing songs from history, but most importantly focusing on your own ideas and writing, so that you come away at the end of the course with your own inspired body of work.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

ICP10 CONTEMPORARY STUDIO & STAGE TECHNIQUES

Masterclass ICP10: Contemporary Studio & Stage Techniques*

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: Workshop OR ongoing weekly contact sessions

Description: This course gives a thorough grounding in the contemporary recording studio sessions and onstage live playing techniques of the industry, as well a practical working knowledge of what is required stylistically for professional playing in live string and orchestral on-stage sections.In addition it equips professional players with the practical expertise, insights and a general understanding of acoustic and electric instruments, which enables them to make wise choices with selecting, using and caring for their instruments in a contemporary context. Upon request this course can also be combined with the Masterclass ICP14 Electric Violin, Amps & FX course in using electric stringed instruments.

Pre-requisite: Advanced to professional level of playing proficiency

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

ICP11 MUSIC AS MEDITATION & THE ART OF MYSTICAL IMPROVISATION

Masterclass ICP11: Music As Meditation & The Art of Mystical Improvisation*

Open to musicians and artists in all fields.

Format: Masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

Description: Learn how to sink into your music and go deep in your performance. Experience timeless knowing, endless inspirations and how to be “in the zone”, at will, all the time. Learn to experience sound, pitch, chords, scales, harmony and rhythm as personal feelings finding a way to express through you as music. There is so much more to music than playing - there is a space and flow which all the great artists have known. Learn to be at one with this way of effortless flow in music making and improvisation. This has been the way of the mystical poets, bards and minstrels throughout time.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

ICP12 EXTENDED PLAYING TECHNIQUES

Masterclass ICP12: Extended Playing Techniques*

Applications only open to string instruments at this stage.

Format: Masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

Description: Learn the main extended playing techniques of the last 60 years as you delve into the concepts, music, performers and composers who brought these to the world. There are seemingly so many by now, however there are common themes which reduce most of them to some relatively simple basic principles. This course helps classical musicians catch up on the range of extended playing techniques, how they work, and how to apply them - and as importantly how to practice them efficiently. In addition to the hands-on work, this course includes interesting listening lists to familiarise and illustrate a broad range of styles of extended techniques.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

ICP13 SOUNDSCAPES & CONTEMPORARY PLAYING TECHNIQUES

Masterclass ICP13: Soundscapes & Contemporary Playing Techniques* — exploring new dimensions of sound for improvisation in the 21st century

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: Masterclass OR ongoing contact sessions

Description: This course focuses on developing and consolidating a new palette of tonal and experimental sounds on acoustic & amplified instruments for application in contemporary classical performance for classical players as original artists. Includes developing soundscapes, and intensive work in known as well as new contemporary playing techniques, and explores the expressive potential of the instrument from a wide and innovative sonic perspective. Dedicated to completely practical, useful skills for new repertoires for the concert platform for all professional musicians.

Pre-requisite: Masterclass ICP2

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

ICP14 GOING ELECTRIC FOR STRINGS

Masterclass ICP14: Electric Strings, Amps & FX*

Open to violin, viola, cello, and contra bass

Format: Workshop or ongoing sessions

Description: The complete how, why, and what of going electric for strings. Includes demonstration and practical instruction in every aspect of going electric:
• the different types of instruments and their professional uses,
• application and contexts of using FX,
• and a practical understanding of the full range of amps and PAs.

This is a thorough preparation for competency and creativity in using electric instruments and amplification in all the contexts facing the modern professional string player.

Every aspect is taught, from light acoustic sound reinforcement and the use of electronics, to rock bands and studio playing, high volume output, extended playing techniques and experimental soundscapes, and on-stage environments. As an adjunct to this, classes and training in improvisation and various musical performance contexts (both electric and acoustic) are available to maximise professional outcomes in the diversity of the contemporary classical musician's environment. Also available by appointment to school and university departments is expert consultation, contacts and guidance to purchase appropriate instruments and amplification if required.

Pre-requisite: Advanced to professional proficiency on your instrument is necessary.

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

ICP15 LIVE LOOPING FOR GOING ELECTRIC

Masterclass ICP15: Live Looping for Going Electric*

Applications from all instruments invited, providing they have electronic interface such as a pickup or microphone fitted and working. Must have a functioning looping pedal and all cables, power supply and necessary accessories.

Format: Masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

Description: Live looping is a whole genre of playing in itself. Keeping your ideas fresh, fluid and creative, yet also accurate, expressive and relaxed while looping is an art. This course shows you the essentials of live looping, and helps you explore, discover and develop your own sound and style. It also puts you through your paces so that your performances are as atmospheric and dynamic as a tight ensemble - which is what looping is for all intents is mirroring.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

ICP16 UNDERSTANDING RHYTHM, HARMONY, CHORDS & MELODY

Masterclass ICP16: Understanding Rhythm, Harmony, Chords & Melody*

Applications invited from all instruments including voice.

Format: Masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

Description: The most rewarding experience of music is a full body response and source of every move, nuance and dynamic. Rhythm, harmony, chords and melody in this way is a life-changing doorway into real music making. Many top artists speak of being “in the zone”, feeling the groove, chords and melody as a 3-dimensional experience. This course keeps you grounded in this full bodied way with yourself and your music. This is a really special transition into a whole other level of feeling and playing music, and leads to profound shifts in expressive playing, listening ability, ensemble playing and maturity of musical interpretation.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

ICP17 PERSONAL MENTORING & COACHING SESSIONS

Individual Sessions with Rupert Guenther or Tanya Servaas
(This can be done either on a casual basis, or in a serious focus with weekly self-work tasks, review and feedback).

 MENTORING

Mentoring is a valuable form of personal guidance, which passes on to the student all the benefits of one who has made significant real change and growth in their life, through hard won insights and realisations, and knows the journey into deepening self-acceptance, compassion, and psychological clarity. Working together in this way, mentoring is a way to profound personal growth and emotional healing, where the student has their own unique realisations and insights, and comes into their own understanding and wisdom for navigating the pitfalls and problems in life.

Sessions available in person, by phone, or Teams/Skype/Zoom.

Click here to enquire or book sessions

COACHING

Coaching is walking alongside the student, assisting them to find their own revelations and answers which are just right for them. It encourages, questions, reflects, and holds the individual to an agreed framework of accountability which is vital for real growth and change to occur. The coaching sessions become a starting point for the person's own internal processes of review and healthy change which they can take with them and naturally evolve throughout their life. It s the key to stopping making excuses which hold you back, and instead embracing real change and growth for yourself in all areas of your life, by discovering and following through on your own breakthroughs and solutions, and blossom into the greater being that you really have been all along but were lost to.

Sessions available in person, by phone, or Teams/Skype/Zoom.

Click here to enquire or book sessions

 

ICP18 MEDITATION & RELAXATION FOR MUSICIANS AND MUSIC TEACHERS

Masterclass ICP18: Relaxation and Meditation for Musicians & Music Teachers*

Format: Workshop or classes ongoing

Description: Learn relaxation and meditation for inner peace. Simple and effective approaches to self-nurture you can use throughout your day, as well as more traditional sit down meditation styles.Learn simple techniques for how to be really grounded and present, how to clear your energy field, and develop inner peace through practice, self acceptance and compassion. Techniques include breathing exercises, visualisation, body awareness & relaxation, and both active and quietude meditation styles. Emphasis is on creating wellbeing outcomes to suit each individual which are attainable and conducive to the high demands of professional life.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
(Disclaimer: Rupert Guenther is not a medical doctor. Participants with a history of mental health issues are encouraged to consult their regular health professional before enrolling) 
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

ICP19 HEALING STAGE-FRIGHT

Masterclass ICP19: Healing Stage Fright*

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: Masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

Description: Stage-fright is a big issue for some people, and a significant issue for many. If you do get really nervous to the extent that you can’t express yourself or share and enjoy what you really love about music in your performances, this course will enable you to begin to heal your fears around performing, and regain your original inspiration for taking up music in the first place. You will learn practical on-the-spot approaches which will change your whole experience of playing in public, and dissolve the old patterns which caused you to feel anxiety instead of joy. Includes specific take-home techniques and practical tools for on-stage use in even the most demanding performances.

Pre-requisite: Open to all musicians (also available formats for public speakers, presenters and teachers doing presentations etc)

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

ICP 20: THE KEYS TO CREATIVE AWESOMENESS

Masterclass ICP20: The Keys To Creative Awesomeness*

Open to all instruments including voice.

Format: Masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

This workshop for all artists - musicians, visual artists, dancers, writers etc, and is to cultivate a real and tangible extra dimension to our music and art making. It is where our art moves into healing. For thousands of years certain individuals have made their art a conscious meditative process or journey, which takes their audience deep into a reflective space with self and the universe, a space which is wise, compassionate, of truth, and healing to experience.

We take you on a discovery of what your ideals might be for the world, what you would like to be part of changing, of developing and refining your own inner journey and its expression through your music or art into a positive and benevolent force in the world. We explore how nurturing approaches which are inclusive, compassionate and in a spirit of serving humanity lift your game. Includes some study of examples in history who have achieved these goals to understand how they did it, explore and discover your own pathway to these goals, mapping your course ahead, and much more.

You learn to consciously attune at will, and bring this greater dimensional aspect to create with us as an integral input in our art, instead of this aspect being left to chance as a haphazard fleeting moment of being “in the zone” sometimes.

Many of the great artists throughout time have described this experience of being more like a pencil in the hand of God or inspiration itself. Yet surprisingly few share the way to it, especially in our modern times of complacency, where we can conceitedly feel like we already know and understand everything in a reductive logic of the thinking mind.
In this workshop we learn to enter this way of flow and illumination through a feeling intuitive part of us which finds this ever-creative and inspirational part of self to be its natural habitat. Here, the inspirational tap is always in the “on” position. No more writers’ block. This is the real deal.


Pre-requisite: Acceptance for this course is by interview only.

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 schools

Creative Music Courses For Schools, Camps & Music Shops

Here you will find details about the range of creative based courses including improvisation and composition, going electric, and how to get started with your own rock or acoustic band.

 

SCHOOLS CONCERTS WITH RUPERT GUENTHER*

This is a unique opportunity for school students to experience an international calibre of artistry combined with in-person interactive time with questions and answers.

Through his schools concerts, concert violinist Rupert Guenther demonstrates how easy it is to improvise and compose your own music. Using a selection of short improvisations with looping, and covering a wide range of moods and styles, he shows the students how each tune was made, the different layers, and how it all fits together with the imaginary story content of each tune - similar to painting pictures.

If the students are learning musical instruments, the interactive discussion includes content about the different scales and other compositional elements used, and allows exchanges of ideas from the students to be woven into the music.

Open to all students whether they play a musical instrument or not, including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc, and is open to all ages (in a pre-discussed age-appropriate format tailored to each school).

He can also extend the presentation from classical music into rock, pop, blues and folk/world music sounds and styles, and brings an array of acoustic and electric violins to each presentation.

In presenting how he improvises his concert repertoire, he shows how easy it is for classically trained students to begin improvising their own music and compositions, start their own band, record their own music, or just jam with friends.

As an adjunct, he offers a series of workshops in improvisation for students at their schools, as well as professional development training in classical improvisation (and beyond) to teachers to enable them to teach improvisation to their students. These skills enable teachers to pass on to their students a way to express themselves, their ideas, and their passion through their own music. They are the ticket to students being able to join in and play with other students and musicians of any musical background or style without needing music stands or pieces of paper for the notes. No need to learn another instrument to join in, the instrument you can already play is perfect!

Contact: To find out more please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

CMS01 MUSIC IMPROVISATION & COMPOSITION FOR TEENS*

Pre-requisite: Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc. Open to all players 12+ years of an intermediate standard and above, who want to start music improvisation and composition or accelerate their progress further.

Description: This is an opportunity for small group classes of teenagers to get intensive (and fun), experience in making their own music through improvisation and composition - and no previous improvisation or composition experience necessary! It is structured to allow you to explore your own musical areas of interest in a respectful and imaginative space, and to find your own musical “voice”.

Learn how to improvise and compose your own music, solo or in bands and ensembles. Includes classical music, rock, pop, blues and folk/world music sounds and styles. If you have always wanted to make your own music, write songs, improvise, compose music, be able to jam with friends, or play in a band, this course will give you a lot of positive experience and helpful tips and approaches you can use for the rest of your life. Being able to join in and play with other students and musicians of any musical background or style without needing music stands or pieces of paper for the notes, is a great freedom to give yourself. No need to learn another instrument to join in, the instrument you can already play is perfect!

Applications invited on all instruments including voice.

Contact: To find out more please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

CMS02 BANDS & SOLO ACTS WORKSHOP SERIES*


Course information coming soon.

 

CMS03 SONGWRITING & COMPOSITION*


Course information coming soon.

 

CMS04 ELECTRIC VIOLIN/VIOLA/CELLO, AMPS & FX*

Pre-requisite: Open to violin, viola, and cello

Description: Learn how to go electric for strings. Includes practical instruction and experience in every aspect of going electric. Learn how to use the different types of instruments, what the different FX pedals do and how to use them, and a practical understanding of the range of amps and PAs. 

This course allows students of classical string instruments to have the first hand experience and know-how to play on electric instruments in rock, blues, pop and folk/world music solo or in bands.

As an adjunct to this, classes and training in improvisation (both electric and acoustic) are available to get the most out of using electric string instruments.Also available by appointment to schools is expert consultation and guidance to purchase appropriate instruments, amps and FX.

Pre-requisite: A reasonable degree of proficiency on your instrument is necessary.

Contact: To find out more please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

CMS05 LIVE LOOPING FOR GOING ELECTRIC*

Masterclass CMS05: Live Looping for Going Electric*

Applications from all instruments invited, providing they have electronic interface such as a pickup or microphone fitted and working. Must have a functioning looping pedal and all cables, power supply and necessary accessories.

Format: Masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

Description: Live looping is a whole genre of playing in itself. Keeping your ideas fresh, fluid and creative, yet also accurate, expressive and relaxed while looping is an art. This course shows you the essentials of live looping, and helps you explore, discover and develop your own sound and style. It also puts you through your paces so that your performances are as atmospheric and dynamic as a tight ensemble - which is what looping is for all intents is mirroring.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

CMS06 SOUNDSCAPES & CONTEMPORARY PLAYING TECHNIQUES*

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc
Format: Masterclass OR ongoing contact sessions
Description: This course focuses on developing and consolidating a new palette of tonal and experimental sounds on acoustic & amplified instruments for application in contemporary classical performance for classical players as original artists. Includes developing soundscapes, and intensive work in known as well as new contemporary playing techniques, and explores the expressive potential of the instrument from a wide and innovative sonic perspective. Dedicated to completely practical, useful skills for new repertoires for the concert platform for all professional musicians.

Contact: To find out more please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

CMS07 CROSS-ARTS IMPROVISATION
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ICP07: Cross-Arts Improvisation* - Inter-disciplinary improvisation performance

Open to practitioners from music and all arts, science, technology, and humanities backgrounds.

No previous improvisation experience necessary.

Format: workshops or ongoing classes

Description: Inter-disciplinary improvisation performance is an exciting area of contemporary music, where music and the other arts intersect in new works which explore new frontiers. The resulting hybrid of sound, visuals, speech, text, technology & electronics is an ever expanding genre of creative expression appearing increasingly frequently on the programs at progressive arts festivals worldwide. The training, expertise, discipline, and imagination which this course draws on touch into the heart of traditional arts practice, and from there absorbs, questions, and incorporates everything - from the ancient to the avant-garde, from the intimate to the massive, from the primative to advanced technologies, from the formal stage to the most informal locations, where car parks can be as much a stage as concert halls. The approaches taught in these inter-disciplinary courses bring classical music training up to the front edge of the wave in the 21st century.

Pre-requisite: TBC

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.

* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

CMS08 HEALING STAGE-FRIGHT*

Pre-requisite: Open to all music students (also available formats for healing stage-fright for staff and teachers doing presentations and public speaking etc)

Format: One-day masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

Description: Stage-fright is a big issue for many students. If you do get really nervous to the extent that you can’t express yourself or share and enjoy what you really love about music in your performances, this course will enable you to begin to heal your fears around performing, and regain your original inspiration for taking up music in the first place. You will learn practical on-the-spot approaches which will change your whole experience of playing in public, and dissolve the old patterns which caused you to feel anxiety instead of joy. Includes specific take-home techniques and practical tools for on-stage use in even the most demanding performances.

Contact: To find out more please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

CMS09 RELAXATION AND MEDITATION FOR STUDENTS & TEACHERS*

Pre-requisite: Open to ALL students and teachers

Format: Workshop or classes ongoing

Description: Learn relaxation and meditation techniques for inner peace. Simple and effective approaches to self-nurture which students and teachers can use on the fly throughout their day, as well as more traditional sit down meditation styles. Learn techniques for being grounded and present, how to refresh your energy, and develop inner peace through practice at self acceptance and compassion. Techniques include breathing exercises, visualisation, body awareness & relaxation, and both active and quietude meditation styles. Emphasis is on creating wellbeing outcomes for students and teachers which are attainable and conducive to the high demands of school and family life. 

Contact: To find out more please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email
(Disclaimer: Rupert Guenther is not a medical doctor. Participants with a history of mental health issues are encouraged to consult their regular health professional before enrolling) 
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

 

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Teacher Training

 

 

TTC01 CLASSICAL MUSIC IMPROVISATION TEACHING TRAINING*
Teacher Training Course for Classical Improvisation

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc. No previous improvisation experience necessary.

Pre-requisite: This course assumes an intermediate to professional level of instrumental playing skills, and is open to all classical players and teachers who want to teach classical music improvisation. 

This is a six month course. It is held twice a year and there is an intake in Feburary and July.

Contact: To express your interest in this workshop, please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email

Description: Teacher training for classical musicians and instrumental music teachers. This course focuses on how to teach classical music improvisation in a clear and encouraging, age-appropriate way. It is suitable for instrumental teachers from primary and high school to university and professional levels. Based on a new breakthrough method (see Classical Improvisation above), this practical hands-on course creates the skills, resources and confidence for classical players and instrumental teachers to teach classical music improvisation in an effective and rewarding way for themselves and their students.This systematic approach is being acclaimed by professional musicians and university faculty worldwide. It can be taught, learned, performed and assessed to the same high standards which classical music has come to expect.


* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

 

TTC02 VIOLIN TECHNIQUE, REPERTOIRE & PEDAGOGY*
Advanced professional development in teaching classical string technique & repertoire

Course information coming soon.

 

TTC03 INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TEACHING TRAINING FOR STRINGS*


Pre-requisite: Teacher training to advanced students, classical string players and teachers

This is a six month course. It is held twice a year and there is an intake in Feburary and July.

Contact: To express your interest in this workshop, please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email

Description:
Setting out and developing your own vision for your string teaching practice, and laying out a fun yet thorough framework (or map) for teaching the sequence of progressive skills and abilities you need students to meet. Then developing a corresponding reference of relevant books, etudes, technical work and repertoire. We will also look at some traditional examples of this, the various approaches used by the more influential schools of string playing as an added support to our teaching practice as needed.

How to translate and convey the fundamentals of playing
Including preparatory work, repertoire, styles, ensemble playing, interpretations and technique to students of different levels of ability, learning styles and age groups.

Boundaries!
Incorporating into our teaching the parameters of boundaries with students about goals or requirements each term, and the corresponding practice expectations, punctuality and self-discipline required to meet that.

Being accepting and encouraging yet setting the limits for students (and parents as often) of what is and what isn’t acceptable attitudes and behaviour.

The role of listening
How to cultivate musical listening with students to deepen and enhance their musical experience and playing. Listening to music whether live or recorded brings a deepening of our relationship with the feelings, stories, drama, suspension, release and general emotional colour of the music. We will explore first hand listening practice for ourselves, and ways we can bridge this experience into many of these areas of value for our students.

Building more productive relationships with our students and peers
Learning to accept people as they are and deepen our appreciation of what gifts they do bring, and not to judge or project negatively at them for any perceived shortcomings, yet still challenge them to meet standards expected, and really getting how we all grow, change, and adapt and learn to be disciplined in the process.

Teaching, mentoring and coaching
Becoming more aware in our teaching approaches and communication with students, parents and colleagues. We will explore the modalities of teaching, mentoring and coaching, and how to use these different approaches in ways which nurture self-esteem and add value to others’ lives and ours.

A culture of inclusiveness
Developing a healthy culture wherever we are, of helping students to feel appreciated, respected and accepted; demonstrate a culture of inclusiveness instead of exclusiveness around whatever our perception of excellence may be in learning, teaching, practising and performing music.

Creative problem solving
Creative problem solving in response to obstacles students may face with technique, style, interpretation, history and theory. (We go into this a lot!)

How to recognise faulty technique and reverse-engineer steps for the student, to give give them reliable step-by-step ‘how to” with positive experiences at each step.

How to recognise any gaps students may have in their training, and develop your own preparatory exercises as needed to remedy any existing weaknesses in their playing. Also how this can be applied to preparing students for some time in advance, prior to taking on new technical challenges.

Effective communication
Effective communication of ideas, instructions and expectations with different age groups, using age-appropriate examples, metaphors, technical explanations, physical gestures, story-telling and imagery.

Exploring and developing a broad palette of simple imaginative yet clear language, in teaching the steps to each skill and ability, in both technique and repertoire.

Creative Music Courses For Schools

Ensemble skills
Teaching tips, rehearsal approaches, and arrangement building through listening, for imaginative and creative (and fun) chamber music interaction.

How to practice
What to look for in setting practice tasks, and what makes practice really productive (the art of smart practice); recognising the need and correct timing for preparatory exercises, and achieving a healthy balance between technical and musical content and focus, so as to maintain enjoyment and low-stress experiences.

Showing students exactly what to focus on at any moment in their playing. We learn to pay attention to specific aspects of playing, what each step of preparation needs to be to achieve the goal, and how this approach makes everything learned to work reliably at home, in rehearsals, and in performance.

Playing music as a feeling and intuitive process
Playing music as a feeling and intuitive process as much as an informed, trained and stepwise one. This is where we explore music as a meditative experience, with more emphasis on following our ability to feel and intuitively sense the nuances in the music, as much as knowing “what to do”.

Engaging with the real meaning and value of music history and theory
We spend some time developing innovative approaches to making music history and theory come to life. We explore ways into deepening students’ musical imagination and experience of playing, through imaginative and inspired ways of conveying the human implications of the world and the composer’s life at the time the music was written. We look at how we can express these emotional implications and bring the power of those feelings to life, through being aware of (or emphasising) the use of certain intervals and notes used in the score.

Healing stage-fright
This is the big one! We get to play our instruments, explore, and try out practical and encouraging approaches and ways into the music, for more enjoyable fulfilling experiences of practice and performance, even under demanding circumstances.

The place of meditation in music study and performance
We explore meditation especially in relation to examples from the martial arts and their understanding of “being in the zone”, how to tune in, develop self-discipline, and a real deepening and maturation of our character. As well, we gain experience in various approaches to meditation which can be used to help clear our minds through the day and gain even a few moments inner peace before our next lesson starts.

How to use and teach technique as the vehicle for tone, phrasing and expression
How to use and teach technique as the vehicle for tone, phrasing and expression, rather than merely as “developmental exercises”. Feeling safe with the place of feelings and emotions in music, and how we wish to access and let them express in music is one thing. But also knowing the concrete steps of how to translate each of them into musical magic, through an acute awareness of which technical execution causes what emotional colouration of the music.

Experiencing and being able to convey and teach rhythm
The “feel” and timing in playing music is such a make-or-break component of rich music making. We will be playing our instruments while we explore the flow of rhythm in music as an instinctive awareness, arising from deep in the physical body, and the ways the body helps us and registers rhythm instinctively in different shapes of movement from different centres in the body, depending on the tempo.

Communication, inclusiveness and ethics
Developing and bringing to music teaching and performance a culture of professionalism, respect, discipline and good boundaries, side by side with values of listening, nurture, compassion and service to humanity. We explore the role of boundaries in our lives and teaching, and each come to as much clarity as we can around ethical behaviour, responsibility, communication in a culture of inclusiveness, yet which has firm safeguards to protect everyone concerned.

Setting up your teaching business
The concrete details of setting up your teaching business. Teaching requires deciding the terms, setting the rules on attendance and payments, what constitutes acceptable practice, and what clearly breaches these standards. Teaching music is a wonderful way to give back to humanity, but if any of those involved don’t uphold their end of the bargain, it can become very lop-sided and even cause personal stress and financial loss. We look at how to create a supportive framework for our music teaching practice, which keeps the real purpose of passing on all the wonderful stuff which we have to younger generations, without unnecessary stress or hinderance.

This course is an opportunity to further your ongoing professional development in technical and musical teaching skills as well. Includes exactly how to properly prepare and execute all bow strokes, apply a step by step sequential development through particular technical etudes/studies and concert repertoire, as well as correct preparation and practice for reliable right hand and left hand technique. Includes a reliable framework for posture, bow holds, bow strokes, intonation, shifting, vibrato, double-stops, harmonics and stop-harmonics, and how to teach tone, phrasing, articulation, intensity, and projection, from beginners to a soloistic level. It is suitable for string teachers from primary and high school to university and professional levels.


* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

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General Courses for Music Enthusiasts

 


GA01 MUSIC IMPROVISATION FOR TEENS*

GA01 Music Improvisation for Teens

Open to all players 8+ years of age, of an intermediate standard and above, who want to start music improvisation and composition or accelerate their progress further.

Open to all instruments including voice.

Description: This is an opportunity for small group classes of students to get intensive (and fun), experience in making their own music through improvisation and composition - and no previous improvisation or composition experience necessary! It is structured to allow you to explore your own musical areas of interest in a respectful and imaginative space, and to find your own musical “voice”.

Learn how to improvise and compose your own music, solo, with friends or in bands and ensembles. We touch on many styles including classical music, rock, pop, blues and folk/world music sounds and styles. If you have always wanted to make your own music, write songs, improvise, compose music, be able to jam or play in a band, this course will give you a lot of positive experience and helpful tips and approaches you can use for the rest of your life. Being able to join in and play with other students and musicians of any musical background or style without needing music stands or pieces of paper for the notes, is a great freedom to give yourself. No need to learn another instrument to join in, the instrument you can already play is perfect! 
Bring your instrument, a drink bottle, pen and note pad.


Contact: To find out more please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email

* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

GA02 BANDS & SOLO ACTS WORKSHOP SERIES*

Course information coming soon.

 

GA03 SONGWRITING*


Course information coming soon.

 

GA04 COMPOSITION*


GA04 Composition

Composers and songwriters invited to apply.

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: In this course you learn how to refine and shape the ideas in your songwriting to be true to your inspiration, and to craft the mood via the arrangement to reflect the real spirit of the story you want to share with your audience. You will explore a number of approaches which will add experience and depth for your musical palette regarding the metre, chords and changes for you to draw on. As importantly you will learn how, at will, to always be in the space where everything just flows (“in the zone”) for your writing, not leaving inspiration as a haphazard thing which sometimes happens. We will be examining some existing songs from history, but most importantly focusing on your own ideas and writing, so that you come away at the end of the course with your own inspired body of work.

Pre-requisite: N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.

* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

GA05 GOING ELECTRIC FOR STRINGS*


GA05 Going Electric for Strings

Open to violin, viola, cello, and contra bass

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: The complete how, why, and what of going electric for strings. Includes demonstration and practical instruction in every aspect of going electric:
• the different types of instruments and their professional uses,
• application and contexts of using FX,
• and a practical understanding of the full range of amps and PAs.

This is a thorough preparation for competency and creativity in using electric instruments and amplification in all the contexts facing the modern professional string player.

Every aspect is taught, from light acoustic sound reinforcement and the use of electronics, to rock bands and studio playing, high volume output, extended playing techniques and experimental soundscapes, and on-stage environments. As an adjunct to this, classes and training in improvisation and various musical performance contexts (both electric and acoustic) are available to maximise professional outcomes in the diversity of the contemporary classical musician's environment. Also available by appointment to school and university departments is expert consultation, contacts and guidance to purchase appropriate instruments and amplification if required.

Pre-requisite: Advanced to professional proficiency on your instrument is necessary.

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.

* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

GA06 LIVE LOOPING FOR GOING ELECTRIC*


GA06 Live Looping for Going Electric

Applications from all instruments invited, providing they have electronic interface such as a pickup or microphone fitted and working. Must have a functioning looping pedal and all cables, power supply and necessary accessories.

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: Live looping is a whole genre of playing in itself. Keeping your ideas fresh, fluid and creative, yet also accurate, expressive and relaxed while looping is an art. This course shows you the essentials of live looping, and helps you explore, discover and develop your own sound and style. It also puts you through your paces so that your performances are as atmospheric and dynamic as a tight ensemble - which is what looping is for all intents is mirroring.

Pre-requisite: N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

GA07 SOUNDSCAPES & CONTEMPORARY PLAYING TECHNIQUES*


GA07: Soundscapes & Contemporary Playing Techniques* — exploring new dimensions of sound for improvisation in the 21st century

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: This course focuses on developing and consolidating a new palette of tonal and experimental sounds on acoustic & amplified instruments for application in contemporary classical performance for classical players as original artists. Includes developing soundscapes, and intensive work in known as well as new contemporary playing techniques, and explores the expressive potential of the instrument from a wide and innovative sonic perspective. Dedicated to completely practical, useful skills for new repertoires for the concert platform for all professional musicians.

Pre-requisite: Masterclass ICP2

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.

* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

GA08 IMPROVISATION - DIVERSE MUSICAL STYLES*


GA08: Improvisation - Diverse Musical Styles*

Individuals and existing ensemble applications invited.

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: As well as a very useful introduction to the foundations of all music improvisation, this course shows how our improvisation can be enriched and deepened through understanding the basic features of a range of musical styles and influences. This course explores the practical aspects, scales, tonalities, playing techniques and touch which make up the fundamental sounds in the spectrum of music - from meditative Asian temple music influences, to blues, roots, folk, rock, gypsy, Celtic, jazz, African and South American flavours and beyond.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.

* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

GA09 CROSS-ARTS IMPROVISATION*


GA09: Cross-Arts Improvisation - Inter-disciplinary improvisation performance

Open to practitioners from music and all arts, science, technology, and humanities backgrounds.

No previous improvisation experience necessary.

Format: workshops or ongoing classes

Description: Inter-disciplinary improvisation performance is an exciting area of contemporary music, where music and the other arts intersect in new works which explore new frontiers. The resulting hybrid of sound, visuals, speech, text, technology & electronics is an ever expanding genre of creative expression appearing increasingly frequently on the programs at progressive arts festivals worldwide. The training, expertise, discipline, and imagination which this course draws on touch into the heart of traditional arts practice, and from there absorbs, questions, and incorporates everything - from the ancient to the avant-garde, from the intimate to the massive, from the primative to advanced technologies, from the formal stage to the most informal locations, where car parks can be as much a stage as concert halls. The approaches taught in these inter-disciplinary courses bring classical music training up to the front edge of the wave in the 21st century.

Pre-requisite: Advanced to professional proficiency in your chosen field

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.

* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

GA10 HEALING STAGE-FRIGHT*

GA10 Healing Stage-fright

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: Stage-fright is a big issue for some people, and a significant issue for many. If you do get really nervous to the extent that you can’t express yourself or share and enjoy what you really love about music in your performances, this course will enable you to begin to heal your fears around performing, and regain your original inspiration for taking up music in the first place. You will learn practical on-the-spot approaches which will change your whole experience of playing in public, and dissolve the old patterns which caused you to feel anxiety instead of joy. Includes specific take-home techniques and practical tools for on-stage use in even the most demanding performances.

Pre-requisite: Open to all musicians (also available formats for public speakers, presenters and teachers doing presentations etc)

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.

* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

GA11 MEDITATION & RELAXATION FOR MUSICIANS*


GA11 Meditation & Relaxation for Musicians

Format: Masterclass or individual lessons

Masterclasses also available world-wide on Zoom.

Description: Learn relaxation and meditation for inner peace. Simple and effective approaches to self-nurture you can use throughout your day, as well as more traditional sit down meditation styles. Learn simple techniques for how to be really grounded and present, how to clear your energy field, and develop inner peace through practice, self acceptance and compassion. Techniques include breathing exercises, visualisation, body awareness & relaxation, and both active and quietude meditation styles. Emphasis is on creating wellbeing outcomes to suit each individual which are attainable and conducive to the high demands of professional life.

Pre-requisite:N/A

To find out more about these masterclass courses email us or call Tanya on 0413 265 831.

(Disclaimer: Rupert Guenther is not a medical doctor. Participants with a history of mental health issues are encouraged to consult their regular health professional before enrolling) 

* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

GA12 HEALING-BASED ACTIVISM AND HUMANITERIAN IDEALS & LEADERSHIP
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Course information coming soon.

 

 


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MA01 MARKETING YOUR ART/MUSIC

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