Our Courses

 

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Holistic Teacher Training Courses

We are pleased to announce that our new Teacher Training music courses for 2021 with international virtuoso violinist, composer and teacher Rupert Guenther, are beginning in February. Each course will run on Sundays once a month from 10am to 5pm. There will be two intakes per year. The first intake begins in Feburary and the second intake is in July.

• INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TEACHER TRAINING
• TEACHER TRAINING FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC IMPROVISATION

To find out more, please go to Teacher Training courses. If you are interested in enrolling these courses or finding our more, please contact the administrator at the School of Creative Arts here.

About our courses:

This is a holistic education approach to practicing, performing and teaching music, and music improvisation. Holistic means that we are making as much focus on the journey of discovering and being comfortable with who we really are, and how to function as a bright spark of light, a spiritual being in this modern age, as much as we focus on all the wonderful journeys and compositional details which the music teaching & improvisation itself contains.
The reason for this is simple: as a soul journeying through time, if we cannot access and bring our deepest essence, experience, soul memory and intuitive ways of spiritual knowing into the music, it is not going to bring much value to the world in ways which touch people’s hearts, bring hope, and help what is hurt in us and others to heal. The holistic approach includes self-work on deepening self-esteem, understanding the differences between the modalities of coaching, mentoring and teaching, and how each of these modalities has its own special place in music education and situational life.

A snapshot of our courses

Below is a snapshot of our courses. Click on the image below to find out more.

 

Courses in more detail

 

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Professional Development Programs For Players And Teachers

 

MASTERCLASS: HEALING STAGE-FRIGHT*

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

Pre-requisite: Open to all levels

Format: One-day masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

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

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

 

MASTERCLASS: CLASSICAL MUSIC IMPROVISATION*

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

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

Format: One-day masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

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

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

 

ELECTRIC VIOLIN, AMPS & FX*

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Open to violin, viola, cello, and contra bass.

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

Format: One-day workshop or ongoing sessions

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

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 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 in using electric instruments and amplification in all the contexts facing the modern 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.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

MASTERCLASS: CONTEMPORARY STUDIO & STAGE TECHNIQUES*

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

Pre-requisite: Intermediate to advanced level of playing proficiency.

Format: One-day Masterclass workshop or ongoing weekly contact sessions

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

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 playing in live string and orchestral on-stage sections. In addition it equips 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 Electric Violin, Amps & FX course in using electric stringed instruments.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

RELAXATION & MEDITATION FOR MUSICIANS AND MUSIC TEACHERS*

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Pre-requisite: Open to ALL musicians and teachers

Format: Workshop or classes ongoing

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

 

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. 
(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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Individual Lessons

 

VIOLIN TECHNIQUE & REPORTIORE*

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One-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: Based in a relaxed rural studio just 30 minutes outside Perth CBD in Western Australia. Lessons also available world-wide on Skype or Zoom.

Contact: To book please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email

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.


* 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*

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One-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: Based in a relaxed rural studio just 30 minutes outside Perth CBD in Western Australia. Lessons also available world-wide on Skype or Zoom.

Contact: To book please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email

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.
* 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*

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One-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: Based in a relaxed rural studio just 30 minutes outside Perth CBD in Western Australia. Lessons also available world-wide on Skype or Zoom.

Contact: To book please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email

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.
*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*

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One-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: Based in a relaxed rural studio just 30 minutes outside Perth CBD in Western Australia. Lessons also available world-wide on Skype or Zoom.

Contact: To book please contact +61 0413 265 831 or click here to email

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!
* 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

 

Weekly In-Person Free Meditation Classes with Rupert Guenther and Tanya Servaas

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MONDAYS - in person
7:30pm Venue to be confirmed, Perth Western Australia. To express and interest in this class click HERE.

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

SUNDAYS - Zoom/teleconference
4pm Berlin Time
Region: Europe/UK/USA. To book in for this class click HERE.

These free 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

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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 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*

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 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

 

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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

 

HEALING STAGE-FRIGHT

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Masterclass ICP1: 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)
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC IMPROVISATION*

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Masterclass ICP2: 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. 
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

TEACHER TRAINING FOR CLASSICAL IMPROVISATION

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Masterclass ICP3: Teacher Training for Classical Improvisation*

No previous improvisation experience necessary

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

Format: Ongoing contact sessions.

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 Masterclass ICP2 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.

Pre-requisite: This course assumes an advanced to professional level of instrumental playing skills, and is open to all soloists, professional classical players and teachers who want to teach classical music improvisation. 
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

IMPROVISATION ENSEMBLE SKILLS

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Masterclass ICP4: 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: An intensive professional-level course which focuses on enhancing the maturity of musical ideas through developing responsive and dynamic musical interaction, practical application of the principles of musical texture as well as developing a lexicon of motifs and concepts, sounds and textures and establishes authentic flow in ensemble improvisation. Further enhances originality of style and interpretive maturity which is applicable to all areas of music studies and performance.

Prerequisite: Completion of Masterclass ICP2
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

NON-TONAL IMPROVISATION

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Masterclass ICP5: 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
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

SOUNDSCAPES & CONTEMPORARY PLAYING TECHNIQUES

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Masterclass ICP6: 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
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

CROSS-ARTS IMPROVISATION

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Masterclass ICP7: 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, Description, and imagination which this course draws on touches 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.

Prerequisite: Advanced to professional proficiency in your chosen field
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

ELECTRIC VIOLIN, AMPS & FX

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Masterclass ICP8: Electric Violin, 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.
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

CONTEMPORARY STUDIO & STAGE TECHNIQUES

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Masterclass ICP9: 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 ICP6 Electric Violin, Amps & FX course in using electric stringed instruments.

Pre-requisite: Advanced to professional level of playing proficiency
* All concepts, text, course content, description, including the name Integrated Contemporary Performance are copyright © and remain the property of Sonum Solis Pty Ltd

 

RELAXATION & MEDITATION FOR MUSICIANS AND MUSIC TEACHERS

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Masterclass ICP10: 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
(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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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

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

 

MUSIC IMPROVISATION & COMPOSITION FOR TEENS*

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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.

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



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. No previous improvisation or composition experience necessary!

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

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

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

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.
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HEALING STAGE-FRIGHT*

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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

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

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.
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Relaxation and Meditation for Students & Teachers*

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Pre-requisite: Open to ALL students and teachers

Format: Workshop or classes ongoing

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

 

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. 
(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) 
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TEACHER TRAINING FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC IMPROVISATION* 

Teacher Training Course for Classical Improvisation

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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. This is the Feburary to July intake.

Dates and times:
Sunday 21 February 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 21 March 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 18 April 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 16 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 20 June 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 18 July 10:00am - 5:00pm

Fees: $990 including 10% GST plus booking fee (terms: payable in advance).
All major credit cards accepted.
Course fee does not include any suggested listening, reading reference materials or text books.

Location: Based in a relaxed rural studio just 30 minutes outside Perth CBD in Western Australia. 
Teacher Training also available world-wide on Skype or Zoom.

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.
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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TEACHER TRAINING FOR STRINGS
Advanced professional development in teaching classical string technique & repertoire

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

This is a six month course. It is held twice a year. This is the Feburary to July intake.

Dates and times:
Sunday 14 February 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 14 March 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 11 April 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 9 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 13 June 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 11 July 10:00am - 5:00pm

Fees: $990 including 10% GST plus booking fee (terms: payable in advance).
All major credit cards accepted.
Course fee does not include any suggested listening, reading reference materials or text books.

Location: Based in a relaxed rural studio just 30 minutes outside Perth CBD in Western Australia. 
Teacher Training also available world-wide on Skype or Zoom.

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
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.

 

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.
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