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Language and Music for Life was born in Spring 1997 and is committed to providing training in both music and foreign languages to students of all ages, with a lower age limit of 10 years old and no upper age limit.

The first LMFL summer course was held in 1998 and has grown in size and quality ever since.


We organise:

Þ      Residential and non residential courses:  the Musical Summers from 12 and no upper age limit  

Þ       Language and music summer course for young children  (4 to 10 inclusive)


Our approach to learning:


Our music and language project functions in a context which is rich in individual ability, motivation, language, culture and generations. Learning is not to be restricted to its manifestation in performance, though this is an essential part, but is to be intimately linked to the dynamics of the whole individual who is able to learn while changing, and able to change while learning.


Our linguistic premise: a language is learned not just for its own sake but also for a purpose. Language is used to communicate, to organise music making with others, to facilitate professional development and because we want to enjoy exchanges with those whom we have chosen to be with, and like, and because we don't want to live like a "foreigner" in an English speaking environment.

 We learn a language to live and, as the name of our organisation puts it, to survive.


Our music project for the younger children is to make them discover the making of music: not s a solitary activity but as a whole




Our Annual International Language and Music Course


 The founder of the course is music lover, pedagogue and former psychoanalyst, Arlette Herrenschmidt.  She prepares each course with great care and passion in conjunction with the Artistic Director, Jean-Luc Borsarello, and the Director of Language, Alan D Moller.

She is the mother of 6 children (26 to 41 years old). They all play an instrument, some two, and they all sing. All are bilingual (English and French) most have German as a foreign language, one speaks Telugu and Tamil, and one some Hindi and Bahasa Melayu.




 Jean-Luc Borsarello, Artistic Director

 Jean-Luc Borsarello obtained his first prize for violin at the Conservatoire National Regional de Toulon at the age of 14 and entered the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris where he won a medal for violin (first class) in June 1968.

He is a member of the Orchestre de Chambre de Versailles and of the Orchestre Lyrique in the Paris Opera.

He is leader of the Borsarello String Trio, which has performed in France, Japan, New Caledonia, Malaysia, Australia, Germany and U.S.A  and made numerous CDs. He has also given interpretation classes in Japan and at the Flaine Summer Academy in France. Jean-Luc Borsarello is on the permanent staff of the official music school in Montgeron and is  appointed to the Conservatoire National Regional de Versailles.

Jean-Luc is a born teacher. His rich, warm and gentle personality is reflected in his music as well as in his paintings. 

He is father of 6 children. All are musicians – two violinists, two cellists, one viola player and one (the youngest) oboist and singer.


 Dr Alan D Moller MA (Cambridge), PGCE (London), Dip App Ling (Edinburgh),  Director of Language


Academic and one of the top British applied linguists specialized in language testing, Dr Moller is a retired British Council Officer, having been Director of the British Council English Language Teaching Services.

Among his many duties he advised the British Council and other Language schools worldwide on their teaching, training and testing programmes.

 Alan was posted in Africa, Singapore, and Malaysia and was Cultural attaché at the New Delhi British High Commission in charge of organizing the Henry Moore in India Exhibition in 1987/88. 

After retiring from the British Council Alan was Chief Examiner for Trinity College London. He left Trinity in 1999 and worked for it as a freelance consultant for some of its projects (China).

Alan tours as Consultant for Language Teacher Training schools and regularly moderates teacher training courses in Europe and Asia. (China, Korea, Thailand Italy and Spain).

In summer 2003 he was appointed Chair of Examiners for their London Tests of English by the British Examinations Board EDEXCEL.

He is the Academic Director for IATQuO

He is father of three children, all bilingual English/French, two with German as a foreign language, and one speaks Hindi and Thai

 Each contributes to the course a wealth of specialist knowledge and a shared caring for quality in their respective fields.


The Tutors

The music tutors are all experienced teachers and known performers. During the course they expect their students to work between each tutorial. 

The language tutors have received specialised training in foreign language teaching and are all native speakers of the language they teach.

The Jazz Programme

 The jazz programme allows students to develop techniques of jazz improvisation and to apply these skills within the context and disciplines of small jazz groups. All students are given tuition in their own instruments and the opportunity to play a variety of styles of music in small groups directed by the tutors.

All tutors are experienced teachers as well as skilled improvisers.

End of Course Concerts

At the end of the course, students and teachers will give several public concerts.

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