Time: 20:00 - 21:30
Location: Keeley Street
This course has now started
Course Code: ME107A
Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course introduces you to the basic technique of clarinet playing: articulation, breathing, dynamics and expression markings, fingering for the main notes on the clarinet, and how to read and play pitch and rhythm. We will also do simple improvisation and ensemble playing. Suitable for absolute beginners.
What will we cover?
- Basic clarinet technique
- Music reading
- Pulse and rhythm
- Ensemble playing
- Wide range of repertoire from classical to jazz
- Simple improvisation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Produce a good tone on your clarinet
- Know the most common notes on the clarinet
- Read and play basic music notation
- Play several simple tunes.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge is needed.
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 will comprise tutor explanation and demonstration, group and individual playing. Sessions will also include class discussion, aural skills and theoretical study.
To make progress you will need to practise regularly outside class (ideally at least 20 minutes on at least 4 days per week).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your own Bb clarinet, reeds, and a pencil.
Required text: Jonathan Rutland, Abracadabra Clarinet 3rd ed. [c.£10 incl CD]. This book is used throughout level 1 and level 2 courses. Your tutor recommends that you buy the version with the CD as this will be of most use to you.
The tutor will provide other musical material.
Have you read our guide to local music shops and choosing instruments? Where to buy music and instruments This blog post lists some of our local music shops and gives specific advice on clarinets, pianos and more.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Clarinet level 1: module 2
You may also be interested in courses that develop your musicianship, such as Musicianship: Sounds and Symbols, Essential ear training, or Rhythm course.
George is a freelance clarinet and bass clarinet player and teacher. Having graduated with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music (MA, 2010), George regularly plays in Brandenburg Sinfonia in London with players from the top London orchestras. He is a member of Kidenza Orchestra, performing classical orchestral music to thousands of young audience members every year. George has given many premieres, including pieces for the LSO's Soundhub scheme and in various national festivals. He has recorded widely, including at Abbey Road Studios. George has released two albums with his group iyatraQuartet, to critical acclaim. They were awarded the Kennedy Award 2019 by violinist Nigel Kennedy. George has led music workshops for Music for Autism, Aldeburgh Participate! and Bristol Pre-Conservatoire, and performed several operas for Royal Opera House Education and Outreach. He also conducts Surbiton Royal British Legion Marching Band and Palace Band in Alexandra Palace and at Benslow Music.
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.