What is the course about?
Cello Workshop is aimed at those who have confidently completed Cello 2, or who are playing at around Grade 3 standard. You will develop your technique and musicianship on the cello, learning in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
What will we cover?
- Scales, arpeggios and other technical work
- Shifting and position work, up to thumb position
- Clef work, using bass, tenor and treble
- Solo and group playing in both solo and ensemble repertoire
- Tone production and variety of tone
- Developing artistry with the bow, with a focus on legato, staccato and portato
- Relaxed and efficient posture.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Play technical work at an increasingly high standard (ultimately aiming for Grade 5)
- Use vibrato appropriately to control and vary your tone quality
- Play with sensitivity to musical style in a range of cello repertoire
- Improve your playing posture
- Improve your tone production and use of dynamics
- Be able to play in left hand positions up to 6th, and in thumb position
- Play solo and in ensemble with more confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need to be at least Grade 3 standard at the start of this course. You need to be able to work collaboratively, but will also have opportunities to play solo. 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 in a group through playing technical work, studies and solo and ensemble repertoire, and through demonstration and explanation. There will be opportunities for short solo 'master class' type work with individual students within the context of the group.
A daily practise routine is essential for progress at this level (at least 30 mins 5 times per week is recommended).
There will be opportunities for informal and formal performances.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your cello, a pencil, rosin and spare strings.
The tutor will provide handouts of musical material, which you will need to bring to each class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may continue with this course for as many terms as you wish until you are ready to move onto Cello: advanced workshop. Your tutor will advise you.
You may also be interested in ensemble playing classes such as String ensemble, String Winter/Easter schools and Chamber music 1 or Chamber music 2.
City Lit also has a wide range of Music theory, Practical musicianship and Music appreciation courses that support your practical learning.