Grey Larsen's books The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle , and The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox provide a superb foundation for his teaching. Use of these books by students is highly encouraged, and familiarity with the books in advance of a visit by Grey can be very beneficial. These book may be obtained directly from the author or through your local music store.
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Grey Larsen teaches Irish Flute and Tin Whistle playing in a variety of formats:
- Private Lessons (for one or two students at a time)
- One-Day Workshops (for groups of up to 15 players)
- Week-Long Classes
- Lecture-Demonstrations and Seminars
- Master Classes
- Curtain Talk - A twenty-minute informal talk and question and answer session before a concert. (A Curtain Talk must conclude at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the concert.)
And in various settings:
- In my home town of Bloomington, Indiana.
- In your town, if arrangements can be made for Grey to travel there
- At music festivals
- At week-long folk music camps
- At colleges and universities
- At music schools, folklore, and ethnomusicology departments
It is highly recommended that any residency by Grey culminate with a concert performance, in which all the visit's insights, information, and repertoires are brought into play in performance. Many sponsors find that concert ticket sales can help to subsidize the teaching activities.
Grey can tailor his programs to a variety of people, including:
- Flute players (both Irish, simple-system flute and Boehm-system flute players)
- Tin whistle players
- Mixed groups of flute and tin whistle players
- Music school flute departments
- Music departments at colleges or universities
- Ethnomusicology, folklore, and musicology departments
- Early music departments and groups
- Renaissance and Baroque flutists
- Irish, Celtic, and West European studies departments
- Classes and seminars in world music
- Flute festivals, association meetings, conventions, or other flute gatherings
- Interested players of other instruments from the Irish tradition - Irish pipes, fiddle, free reed instruments, plucked strings - can also benefit, and may be encouraged to attend events.
- Any instrumentalist with a strong interest in this musical tradition is welcome, with the understanding that the program's focus is the flute and tin whistle.
Grey can adapt his programs to the needs of:
- Specific age groups (high school through graduate level)
- Various musical experience levels
- Various group sizes and presentation settings
- An informal and relaxed atmosphere
- Questions from participants
- To make use of audio and visual materials to enhance his presentations