Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Keeley Street
This course has now finished
Course Code: ME141A
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
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What is the course about?
If you have been playing cello for around a year, progress your playing in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Develop your technique, reading music notation, and knowledge of music theory.
What will we cover?
- Further development of playing in the most natural and relaxed way to maintain good posture.
- Learning to tune your instrument.
- Scales and arpeggios in both major and minor keys over 2 octaves.
- Extensions both forwards and back.
- Bowing styles including changing bow direction in quicker passages.
- Develop your listening and intonation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Play with a good relaxed posture and correct technique in each hand
- Sight-read simple bass clef music
- Play in ensembles as well as on your own
- Play on your own with confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for those who have completed at least one year of cello playing and tuition (to approximately Grade 1 standard) and who can read and play from simple notation in bass clef.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes are taught through tutor explanation and demonstration, group playing and individual practice. Sessions will also include class discussion, aural skills and theoretical study.
A regular practice routine is essential to make progress (ideally at least 20 minutes a session, 4 times per week).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your own cello, bow, rosin and case, as well as a pencil and notebook. If you do not yet own a cello,
you might consider hiring one. You will need to purchase some music (used throughout Cello 2 A/B/C):
Play Baroque! [external website]
Rick Mooney, Position Pieces for Cello (Alfred)
This book is a recommended extra -ABRSM Cello Scales and Arpeggios Grades 1-5
See our blog Where to buy music and instruments for more details.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Cello 2B next term.
You may also be interested in joining String Ensemble, which will help improve your sight-reading, intonation and ensemble skills. You may also be interested in Musicianship and music theory courses.
Polly is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer, musical director and conductor who has been an adult education tutor since 2009. She enjoys the challenge and exchange of ideas and energy that adult education provides-both as a tutor and as a student. Polly's work also includes live performances and session work in many genres and venues in London and the South East, e.g. playing cello with Clerkenwell String Quartet, piano for Associated Board exams, singing at weddings and parties, and playing in orchestras and ensembles. As a cellist she has appeared on BBC TV's Top of the Pop and on a number of albums. She has also played in lots of pop bands and, after attending a City Lit jazz piano course, she started playing jazz and blues piano too. Polly composes music for radio, for theatre productions and library music for BBC Radio 3, 4 and the World Service and for television around the world. Her study to PhD level at Goldsmiths College opened up the world of Dada and John Cage and conceptual and performance art. Consequently she has sung Dada masterpieces such as "Ursonata" as well as her own compositions at contemporary music festivals such as The Brighton Festival.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.