Come and study flamenco at the Flamenco School of the Taller de Músics!
The Flamenco School of the Taller de Músics approaches flamenco from its pedagogical aspect, not as if it were a world apart, but with the will to technify the experience accumulated by our ancestors and to create pedagogical methods following the model of other kinds of music of popular extraction. The richness of flamenco as a music style combined with pedagogical tools that get taught, will allow for great development. At the Flamenco School, the study and practice of flamenco are structured around courses, concert activities and festivals born in the organisation itself.
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The Flamenco School that collaborates with the Institut Flamenco de Barcelona, was born out with a design that allows for three types of possible academic developments depending on the objectives of each student: An understanding of flamenco from a playful approach, without academic rigidities; a development of the skills to devote to the different professional branches of this musical field, to obtain the skills-set for future employment in this sector; or for preparation to access the Bachelor of Music in its field of Traditional Flamenco in order to obtain a bachelor’s degree in this discipline.
The Flamenco School has its own curriculum and offers its own degree. The curriculum is designed to accommodate students who are just starting as well as those students who already have knowledge of flamenco. It is also intended for musicians from other musical fields such as classical or modern music.
In the Flamenco School of the Taller de Músics, the student will have all the necessary tools at his disposal in order to develop any discipline carried out from flamenco nowadays. The subjects of this curriculum, such as Tablao, Flamenco Harmony, Transcription or Combo Flamenco, are designed and developed to achieve this goal.
The Flamenco School curriculum consists of four academic years. Students who have already participated in other musical educational projects will have access to the corresponding level in each subject by means of a test. The continuity of this plan, if this is the student’s wish, is guaranteed by the connection with the Bachelor of Music in the field of traditional flamenco music.
All subjects contain a part of learning coordinated with other parts.
This subject is personalised and during, the necessary resources are put to the reach for students to be able to practice interpretation with the instrument or voice in an instrumental setting. It is the fundamental technical support for the integration students within the study program. The classes are individual, in which the teacher helps the student to overcome the difficulties that arise while learning, including with regards to the progress of the instrument relating to the rest of subjects (instrumental ensemble especially).
The instrument classes work on the following aspects: General technique, theoretical knowledge of music, sight-reading, studies and repertoire. In order to direct and evaluate the student’s work, at the end of the course, instrument tests are carried out to determine in which grade of the study programme the student is and which subjects he/she can take depending on personal level.
The tests include practical exercises in applied theory, instrument technique, interpretation of subjects and sight-reading. The curriculum is divided into three levels: First Cycle, Middle Cycle and Refresher Cycle. The levels, always coordinated with the rest of the subjects in the program, will be reached as the student progresses. Therefore, the duration will depend on the dedication and work of the student.
A common subject for all instruments and an indispensable one to communicate with other musicians is on the foundation and structure of musical language and how to apply it to interpretative, creative, research or pedagogical practice. It is a collective class structured into three levels. The contents of this subject are rhythmic solfege, reading, ear education, music theory, listening, formal analysis, polyrhythms, dictation, transcription, repertoire and improvisation.
In this subject you will work on the different harmonic, melodic and rhythmic forms of the principal flamenco palos. Furthermore, this is one of the subjects studied as part of the Orientation Course for Higher Studies (Spanish acronym – COS) for optimal preparation of the entrance tests for higher studies in the specialism of Flamenco Performance.
The subject focuses mainly on the analysis of musical scores, melodic and harmonic dictations and harmonisation, this is done partly with the objective of getting students to the required standard to pass the entrance tests, but mainly in order to ensure that they are well-prepared both in musical language and in harmony once actually studying the higher degree.
The discipline of accompanying singing is one of the most important within the genre. We will work on the most representative styles of flamenco and its derivatives.
Dance accompaniment is a discipline with its own language and one of the most important in the flamenco world. We will work on the most representative styles of flamenco and its derivatives.
In the flamenco combo classes, of one and a half hours per week, there will be worked on instrumental technique and musical language in a practical way in groups of between 4 and 8 musicians in which different instruments will be played.
The Tablao course is developed so that every student knows the different structures and formations of musicians that normally exist in a tablao-show and the codes and proper language between singing, dancing and instrumentation.
Through this course, the student will be able to know and interpret the different rhythms and palos that exist in flamenco through percussion. The technique will be developed for different percussion instruments such as cajón, drums, tinaja, bongos, darbuka and palmas, among others.
We will work on the initial and average technique of the cajón or percussion instrument that the student brings, the accompaniment to polyphonic instruments, the accompaniment to melodic instruments and the rhythmic patterns for different styles of flamenco.
Teacher: Pepe Motos
* Recomended subject at the Orientation Course for Bachelor of Musics (COS), Flamenco Performance degree.
The purpose of this combo is to work on flamenco themes fused with other styles such as pop, soul, jazz, funk and bossa, among others, where each instrument can develop rhythmic patterns in an unorthodox way, applying them to the musical style of each participant.
Teacher: Pepe Motos
Within flamenco, dance is one of the most important disciplines, which is why at Taller de Músics we also promote this speciality by creating an interconnection between dance and music students. The classes will work on compás, arms, foot technique and codes characteristic of tablao dance. In addition, the different flamenco palos will be studied so that the student is able to internalise them and show the expressiveness that each one requires.
Descubre el flamenco is a course to bring the history and musical theory of the genre closer in-depth, taking into account the latest reflections of experts in the various subjects, hence updating students of the most widespread theories and undoing topics that still remain in the world of flamenco as far as possible.
From the detailed learning of the flamenco forms, the student will learn to differentiate the different flamenco palos from the knowledge of its main musical elements. In order to achieve these objectives, we have the musicologist and flamenco expert Faustino Núñez, who will accompany the student throughout the syllabus. The program is carefully designed so that the contents are assimilated in a progressive and orderly way, with a study methodology that favours and promotes learning.
Coro Flamenco is a group subject where the choral voice and party flamenco palos such as bulerías, tangos, sevillanas and rumbas are the main protagonists. The course is suited to all types of instrumentalists wishing to expand their resources for accompanying singers. It is appropriate for those seeking an initiation into flamenco palmas as well as those who want to deepen their knowledge, since students will work in great detail on the rhythms of all the flamenco palos introduced in the different sessions.
At Christmas time, this subject becomes Zambomba Flamenca and is adapted for a Christmas repertoire.
This course will be taught every Wednesday from 20:30 to 22:00 by Anna Colom.
The design of the Flamenco School of the Taller de Músics takes into account the simultaneity of the studies with the ESO and the Bachillerato. In this way, the student’s participation in the School of Music will not interfere with the performance of the compulsory studies. In addition, given the condition of School Authorized by the Departament d’Ensenyament, these studies can substitute optional subjects of the obligatory teachings by means of opportune validations. Likewise, all teachers who participate in the plan work in a coordinated and cooperative manner, taking into account that they are part of the student’s training.
Timetable: All classes at the Flamenco School take place from Monday to Friday between 10 am and 8 pm.
19 September 2022 – 27 February 2023
13 February – 26 June 2023
Courses are four-monthly (a four-month period corresponds to a complete subject level). The continuation from one quarter to the next is not obligatory. You can register at the Secretariat of the Taller de Músics during the weeks prior to the beginning of each term.
DNI, NIE or Passport/certificate from other music centres/course fees. Criteria for awarding places: in strict order of registration.
Cancellation of registrations:
Refund of the amount paid (less 15% of administrative expenses) within the same registration period.
Once the course has begun, new students will be admitted according to the criteria of the pedagogical direction. Consult the Secretary’s Office.
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