Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: ME140B
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
Develop your cello playing in a relaxed and supportive environment.
What will we cover?
- Reading music in bass clef
- Bow control and distribution
- Correct left hand position and fingering in 1st position
- Learning how to play in tune
- Playing in the most natural and relaxed way to take care of your posture
- Listening skills for playing solo and ensemble.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Play simple tunes on the cello with a good relaxed posture and correct technique in each hand
- Read and play music in bass clef
- Produce a pleasant tone and play with good intonation
- Play in ensembles
- Play on your own with confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for those who have been learning the cello for at least one term, and know the basics of cello technique and reading music 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 (please bring your own instrument). 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. Many music shops offer a good hire or hire-purchase scheme or you can see our blog Where to buy music and instruments for more details.
You will need to purchase Kathy & David Blackwell, " Cello Time Joggers " Book 1 (around £9), which you will use throughout Level 1. The tutor will recommend further music as the course progresses.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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.