Clavichord Course

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Next Clavichord course 


Suzana Mendes


2 to 6 January 2018

in Westerwald, Germany



Arche Noah Marienberge,

Albert-Schmidt-Weg 1,

57581 Katzwinkel-Elkhausen / GERMANY

Telefon: 02742/6029

Telefax: 02742/8590


Begin:            2th of January 2018,  3PM

End:              6th of January, after lunch

Fees:              250,- EUR


Single room              276 EUR

Double room              232 EUR

All rooms with private toillet

Cancelation insurance possible!



Registration:        until the 20th of November 2017

After this date registration will eventually be accepted according to room availability in the house as well as the number of inscriptions (maximum 8)




Clavichord Kurs


Generalbass Starthilfe

2. bis 6. Januar 2017

im Westerwald



Arche Noah Marienberge,

Albert-Schmidt-Weg 1,

57581 Katzwinkel-Elkhausen / GERMANY

Telefon: 02742/6029

Telefax: 02742/8590


Begin:            02.01.2018, 15.00 Uhr mit dem Kaffeetrinken

Ende:              06.01.2018, mit dem Mittagessen

Kursgebühr:             250 EUR

(50 EUR bei der Anmeldung, den Rest bis Ende Dezember überweisen)


EZ       276 EUR

DZ       232 EUR

Alle Zimmer mit Bad

Anreise:                    mit der Bahn bis Wissen, Abholungdienst vom Haus möglich

Anmeldung:              Bis zum 16.11.2017 (bitte Anmeldeformular verwenden)

Unterkunftkosten werden bis Ende November direkt an das Haus überwiesen,

eine Rücktrittsversicherung ist möglich!


Nach diesem Datum werden noch, je nach Verfügbare Zimmer im Haus, Anmeldungen angenommen, und bis maximal 8 Teilnehmer.












Previous course


12 to  19  October  2016


Suzana Mendes

Venue: Almádena, Portugal
Arrival: Wednesday  12 October afternoon/evening (reception dinner)
Departure: Wednesday 19 October after breakfast
Fees: EUR 900 / 830 active participants
EUR 600 / 530 passive participants (auditors)

The prices are for full board, all rooms with private bathroom.
Partial attendance options available, partners are welcome (see table)

Special prices for students and residents: please get in touch!

Course plan: up to six hours of masterclasses a day, Friday afternoon and Monday morning free.
Repertoire: free choice, Iberian Music is specially recommended! We learn as well how to tune clavichords.

Language: English (German, French and Spanish also possible).

You can participate as a listener, just for a weekend, or as you wish.

Clavichord concert by Suzana Mendes in a local church (place and time will be anounced).


About my teaching

My aim as a teacher is to help pupils develop their capacities in order to get the most enjoyment out of their music making.

To have a conception of a piece helps us find out how to play it, but it is a process by itself to achieve this.

Creative practice is not only the most exciting, it is also the most efficient way to keep this process in motion and develop our skills.

My teaching focuses particularly on these issues, and suits any level of development and any keyboard instrument.

The Master Classes teaching model, has many advantages, but if you are not convinced please just ask for single lessons.


Is this course intended for me?

If you wonder if this course is right for you, you can get in touch with me, I will call you back.

If you are a pianist or organist and have little experience with ancient instruments, to start with the clavichord is a wonderful thing, even if you don’t have an instrument to practise on.


There will be three instruments available, two for the lessons and one to practise on:

*  After Leipzig Nr. 10: Meantone, double fretted, short octave E/C-c“‘,  built by Geert Karman.

*German model, 18th century: unfretted, GG-d“‘, built by Geert Karman.

*After Krämer, Göttingen 1804: unfretted, FF-a“‘, built by Suzana Mendes under supervision of Geert Karman