Vicki Boeckman is an active and passionate performer of all styles of music and plays all sizes of recorders. Her travels and performances have taken her across the United States as well as Denmark, Norway, Sweden, England, Scotland and Germany. Her various recordings can be heard on the Kontra Punkt, Classico, Da Capo, Horizon, Musical Heritage America, Paula, Kadanza, and Primavera labels.
In great demand as a teacher of the recorder and related performance practices, Vicki coaches and teaches at workshops and seminars all over the United States and in British Columbia. She was chosen to be the recorder in-resident at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in 2005 and 2010. She is current Artistic Director for the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop and is the Music Director for the Portland Recorder Society. Vicki has been on the faculty of the Music Center of the Northwest in Seattle since 2005, and with colleague, Darlene Franz, is the resident recorder teacher for the 3rd grade recorder program at West Woodland Elementary. She is also on the faculty for the newly launched early music program at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
Since settling in Seattle in 2004, Vicki has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland Opera, Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra and the Skagit Symphony. She is a returning guest with the Medieval Women’s Choir led by Margriet Tindemans and the Gallery Concerts Series. Her Seattle-based chamber trio, Ensemble Electra, with violinist Tekla Cunningham and harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree, specialize in music of the 17th and 18th centuries as well as newly-composed works. Her duo with recorder maker David Ohannesian is a popular addition to the Early Music Guild’s School Programs, and is often asked to return to the same schools year after year.
Vicki resided in Denmark from 1981-2004. She taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen for 12 years, and at the Ishøj Municipal School of Music for 23 years. She co-founded a regional recorder orchestra for children and teenagers which continues to flourish and grow. She was also co-founder of two Danish-based ensembles, Opus 4, and Wood’N’Flutes, with whom she continues to perform as often as possible in spite of the geography.
For more on Vicki, visit her website www.vickiboeckman.com
How to Play the Recorder
Professional recorder player and teacher Vicki Boeckman describes the techniques necessary to learn to play the recorder.
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[Music Playing]Vicki Boeckman: Hi! I am Vicki Boeckman with the American Recorder Society. I am a professional recorder player and I have been teaching to students of all ages and abilities for about 30 years now.
In this video series I am going to teach you how to play the recorder. We will go through the topics of choosing an instrument, learning to breathe efficiently, producing a good tone, learning some basic articulation patterns, learning a couple of scales and finally onto playing real pieces.
The recorder is simple in design without reads or keys, and it's as close to the human voice as can be. It's a delightful instrument and in the beginning, relatively easy to learn. By following just a few simple instructions and experimenting on your own you will soon be on your way to playing all kinds of music.
Before we get started, let me tell you a little bit about myself and about the American Recorders Society.
I studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark. I had a great career there. I have recorded many CDs. I teach at workshops and seminars all over the United States and I have my home studio where I teach kids and adults. Plus, I teach at the music center of the North West in Seattle.
The American Recorder Society started in 1939. There mission is to promote the recorder and its music. They provide resources and opportunities for everyone. There are chapters all across the United States and in Europe and in Canada. And you can find the people of the same interest to play with, you can go to the monthly meetings and you can find out about workshops and other interesting events.
Okay, so let's get started learning how to play the recorder.