City Lit wind ensemble: advanced

Course Dates: 16/01/24 - 19/03/24
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Keeley Street
Explore the wonderful repertoire for mixed wind ensemble, developing your technical, musical and ensemble skills. You need to play an orchestral wind instrument at grade 5 standard or higher. * no scheduled break week in term 2 (2024).
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City Lit wind ensemble: advanced
  • Course Code: ME100B
  • Dates: 16/01/24 - 19/03/24
  • Time: 18:00 - 19:30
  • Taught: Tue, Evening
  • Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Karen Betley

Course Code: ME100B

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Tue, eve, 16 Jan - 19 Mar '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course give you an opportunity to improve your ensemble skills and explore a wide range of musical styles. Different repertoire is studied every term.

What will we cover?

The course will focus on a number of pieces each term in a variety of styles. Various aspects of ensemble technique - tuning, balance, interpretation etc. - will be explored according to the demands of the repertoire. The works will then be performed at the end of term.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- have a greater awareness of tuning and balance within an ensemble
- have improved articulation and dynamic control within an ensemble
- have an ability to adapt the above techniques according to the style of a piece
- show that you have gained experience in preparing for a performance.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Playing standard of at least grade 5, with confident sight-reading skills.
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?

Rehearsals, discussion and exercises.
You will be expected to practise your parts outside class time, and to practise your own instrument regularly.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Music will be provided. Please bring a pencil and eraser to class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may continue in Wind Ensemble, subject to maintaining appropriate balance between instruments. Different repertoire is covered each term. You may also be interested in other Ensemble classes,
Music history or Music theory and musicianship.

Karen Betley

Karen Betley is a clarinettist and music historian, she studied at Goldsmiths university and has taught wind instruments and music history at both Morley College and City Lit whilst performing with her own chamber music ensemble. At City Lit she teaches the ever-popular Exploring Classical Music class and also the Wind ensemble. In 2017 Karen was awarded the Teacher of the Year prize by Lulu on behalf of City Lit.

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.