El Taller de Músics, a reference institution in teaching popular music, decided to set up an online flamenco school in order to reach beyond its classrooms and offer 100% accessible musical training, by committing itself to the development of flexible, interactive and collaborative learning systems.
Studying online has become one of the best educational options since information technologies began their most rapid progress. These allow the elimination of barriers such as physical distance and lack of time, for the reason that they give flexibility in education and allow the optimisation of resources involved in the educational process.
The courses of the online flamenco school have been designed so they can be entirely followed online. From the virtual campus, the student will have access to the study materials (written material, videoconferences, videos, audios and other resources), as well as to the tutorials and the communication tools (forums, chats, e-mail…) necessary for the correct performance of the courses.
Since its beginnings, the Taller de Músics has been committed to ensuring that a type of music as rich as flamenco has pedagogical tools that allow it to expand, so that, in the field of teaching, it is on an equal footing with other types of music. With this philosophy, the Taller de Músics provides the necessary space to develop the task of creating, studying, practising and disseminating flamenco music, in order to break the myth saying that flamenco is an innate art form inaccessible to those who were not born in a gipsy environment or connected via Andalusian roots.
Its study is extensive and rich in musical concepts and resources and can be acquired and adopted by anyone who wants to approach it. With the aim of continuing to facilitate access to theoretical and practical musical education in flamenco, the Virtual Taller de Músics begins its journey with Discover Flamenco, a course created and developed by Taller de Músics together with the musicologist and flamenco expert Faustino Núñez, that brings the history and musical theory of the genre closer, taking the latest reflections of experts on the various topics into account, and hence updating the most widespread theories and undoing other matters that are still held in the world of flamenco as far as possible.
We also want to turn the detailed learning of the flamenco forms into a hobby so that the student gets trained in differentiating the various flamenco palos from the knowledge of their main musical elements. To achieve these objectives, we have the educator and flamenco guitar player David Leiva, who will accompany the student throughout the whole programme. The programme is carefully designed, by way of assimilating the contents in a progressive and orderly manner, with a study methodology that favours and encourages learning.
The necessary knowledge is acquired for an integral formation in the historical processes that gave rise to the flamenco genre.
The necessary knowledge is acquired for comprehensive training in the elements that make up the musical structure of flamenco styles.
David Leiva is a guitarist, composer, transcriber, and educator. He is the current head of the flamenco department at Taller de Músics, as well as the director of the Institut Flamenco de Barcelona. He is also the artistic director of the Ciutat Flamenco festival.
As a soloist he has played at many of the top theatres, festivals and concert halls around the world. As a backing guitarist he has shared a stage with great names from the world of flamenco cante and dance.
David Leiva has so far authored 60 publications (books and DVDs), some of which have been a huge successes in flamenco pedagogy. He is the first writer to have created a musical method for flamenco cante and dancing, titled Método de cante y baile flamenco y su acompañamiento (Method of Flamenco Cante and Dance and its Accompaniment) (book + CD) and Tratado del acompañamiento al cante (Treatise on accompanying cante) (book + CD).
In 2013 he began the official transcription of the musical works of the brilliant maestro Paco de Lucía for the publisher and producer Flamencolive, taking on the biggest professional challenge of his life as a transcriber and receiving excellent reviews from the world of flamenco.
The duration of the online flamenco course is 10 weeks (2 units each week)
Estimated hours of study: 3 hours per unit Total: 60 hours the whole course / 30 hours each module.
Participation in forums, chats, etc.: 1 hour
Total approximate duration of the course: 61 hours the whole course / 31 hours each module.
Estimated time of study: 2 units per week (10 weeks the complete course / 5 weeks each module). We recommend incorporating a week of rest towards the middle of each module.
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