Date(s) - 22/06/2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Mint Music Yonge & Dundas


This free workshop is specially designed for anyone interested in learning saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe, or bassoon, as well as any music teacher curious about how to teach woodwinds. Paul will start the seminar by introducing each instrument and give demonstrations on what makes each of them unique (dynamics, range, how they are made, what gives them their sound, etc…) and why they are fun to play. Most importantly, volunteers from the audience will then be given an opportunity to experience demo lessons taught by Paul.

Drawing on his extensive teaching and musical experience Paul will show that there’s simply nothing that should hold anyone back from playing any woodwind regardless of age or prior musical experience. Paul will also explain the differences between instruments in embouchure, hand position, posture and breathing. For music teachers a variety of teaching methods, approaches and solutions to common teaching challenges specific to woodwinds will be covered.

After the presentation and demo lessons Paul will open the floor to any questions the audience might have about woodwinds, lessons and music in general. The masterclass will end with an overview of what individual lessons, ensemble and band options exist at Mint Music and The Toronto Guitar School who are co-sponsors of this event and where Paul is an instructor. Please join us for a this special woodwind masterclass guaranteed to inspire and enlighten potential students and music teachers alike with a fresh and innovative approach to teaching woodwinds.

Bio: As an award-winning multi-instrumentalist specializing in saxophones, flutes, clarinets, oboe, and bassoon, Paul Carter has played in dozens of musical theater pits across the country. Some of his credits include: The Producers, Chicago, Annie, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, and The Phantom of the Opera. Paul has performed alongside Grammy award-winning musician Cleo Laine, jazz legend Benny Golson, and has recorded for eight time Academy Award winner Alan Menken. He teaches Classical, Jazz, Blues, Pop, and Rock in many schools, music camps, community programs, and studios in Toronto and Montreal. Paul uses gentle encouragement and various practice techniques and exercises to push his students to be the best they can be on their instruments. With his extensive musical knowledge and passionate instruction, he inspires his students by introducing them to new styles, teaches them how to express music beyond just playing notes, and most importantly how to actually have fun while practicing.

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