Chamber music: introduction
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Keeley Street
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Course Code: ME269
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will learn the skills of playing one per part in mixed instrumental groups. Pieces will be selected by the tutor to suit the instruments and ability levels of students enrolled.
What will we cover?
- ensemble skills such as listening, playing in time and in tune together
- developing your confidence in holding your own part in the group
- how the instrumental parts relate to each other in a small ensemble
- familiarity with the chamber music repertoire for your instrument.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- hold your own part in a small mixed instrumental group
- play in tune and in time with others in a small group
- understand how your own part fits into the musical ensemble
- play with sensitivity to others in the group.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need to be playing at least at confident Grade 3 standard on your instrument, and have confident music reading skills. Sight-reading skills are useful but not essential. You will be playing in small groups with a variety of instruments, and need to work co-operatively with others.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be learning music in small groups under the guidance of the tutor, listening and critiquing within your group, and playing to and listening to the other groups. You will need to practise your parts between sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your instrument, a pencil and eraser. The tutor will provide suitable music, but you are also welcome to bring along music you are interested in playing.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Related Summer School courses include:
for all instrumentalists: Orchestra workshop, Early Music Ensemble
for string players: String summer school, String ensemble: summer season
for wind players: City Lit wind ensemble: summer season, Flute and Clarinet choir, Jazz flute
Chamber music: intermediate, Chamber music: advanced, City Lit wind ensemble, and workshops for instruments at all levels run throughout the academic year. Clarinet and Flute Choir and Orchestra workshop run as short courses.
Gisela is a multi-skilled musician: She works as a pianist, piano accompanist, classical soprano, cellist and teacher. Following undergraduate studies in Frankfurt-am-Main and a postgraduate diploma (piano) in Weimar, Gisela obtained a MMus in Accompaniment at the Guildhall School for Music and Drama. She has also studied singing privately with Jessica Cash, focussing primarily on oratorio and art songs. Gisela performs regularly in recitals as a soloist (as pianist or singer) and also sings and plays in a variety of chamber ensembles. In her freelance work she accompanies concerts, exams and recitals for professionals, students of various music colleges and Grade exam canditates. She is a consultant for Islington Sixth Form college, with her roles ranging from acoompaniment and teaching to the conducting of exams and auditions. Gisela has worked for City Lit since 2001, as accompanist and tutor. Presently, she teaches Piano, Singing and Chamber music (Level 2 and Advanced).
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.