1. Instruction on the Lutes and Related Early Plucked Instruments


Žak provides private instruction in both solo and continuo playing on early plucked instruments. Special attention is placed on the development of efficient and pain-free playing techniques. Students with existing or developing carpal-tunnel syndrome, back pains, and similar ailments are instructed in using their body to advantage, thus avoiding unnecessary pain-inducing movements. Meditation techniques, based on models drawn from both Eastern and Western traditions, can also be taught for use in reducing stage fright. Students also are trained in the theoretical aspects of the early plucked instruments, including related history and philosophy, and tutored in the vast related repertoire. Full guidance is provided in the purchase and maintenance of instruments and accessories.  Lessons over Skype are possible.


Žak was recently invited to write a lute method for Hal Leonard, to be published in 2020.


2. Private Tuition in Stylistic and Historical Elements of Early Music


Students may choose one of a number of programs of study (applicable to both instrumentalists and vocalists) focusing on particular aspects of the music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Early Classical periods, or they may choose to combine various aspects of these specialized topics. Programs of study currently available are:


i. Interpretation of Music from 1400-1750 (Renaissance and Baroque)
ii. Ornamentation of Music from 1400--1750 (Renaissance and Baroque)
iii. Transcription of Music from Original Sources (Renaissance and Baroque)
iv. Survey of Western Music from 1400--1600 (Renaissance)
v. Survey of Western Music from 1600--1750 (Baroque)


Further details will be provided upon request.


3. Instruction in Using the Sibelius™ Notation Programme


This service is available to professional musicologists, composers, arrangers, orchestrators, and music students at any level of proficiency at using Sibelius™ notation programme. 20 years of experience at using this industry standard notation software will be utilized to help you improve your own skills at Sibelius™. Individual, and group pricing and programmes of study available.


4. Research Services for Musicologists and other Serious Music Scholars Outside of the UK


Do you need to take a look at or obtain materials from the British Library, or any other London-based archives, but are not able to take a sabbatical and make a special trip to London? We are here to help you! Please contact us for further details. Quality of service guaranteed.

For details of any of the above services, please contact us here.


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