Language and Music for Life
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
Residential and non residential courses:
the Musical Summers from 12 and no
upper age limit
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
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
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
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
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
Among his many
duties he advised the British Council and other Language schools worldwide
on their teaching, training and testing programmes.
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
Alan tours as
Consultant for Language Teacher Training schools and regularly moderates
teacher training courses in Europe and Asia. (China, Korea, Thailand Italy
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
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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