What is the course about?
Learn how to play in an ensemble with one instrumentalist per part, and develop your skills and confidence in performing with a small group.
What will we cover?
* Understanding how the parts fit together into a musical ensemble
* listening and playing in time with others
* balance and blend in a small ensemble
* practice and rehearsal skills.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Hold your own part in a small group with some confidence
• Play in tune and in time with others in a small group
• Understand how your own part fits into the musical ensemble
• Co-operate with others in a small group to identify problems and find solutions
• Respond positively to musical critique and suggestions from your tutor and peers
• Perform in a small group with some confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need at least four years' playing experience on your instrument (playing at grade 4 - 6 standard), and confident music reading skills. You will be playing in small groups with a variety of instruments, and need to work co-operatively with others.
You need to able to follow written and verbal instructions in English and participate in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
• Tutor explanation and demonstration
• Playing with a variety of other instrumentalists in groups of 2 or more
• Receiving coaching within your groups
• Listening to and critiquing other groups.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your instrument, a pencil and eraser. The tutor will provide or recommend suitable music for the varous ensembles within the class, but you are also welcome to bring along music you are interested in playing.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may continue in this course for as many terms as you wish; there will be different repertoire and different groups each term.
City Lit also offers courses for many instruments at levels from grade 5 upwards, where you can study solo technique and repertoire (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin/Viola, Cello, Piano). You may also be interested in String ensemble or Flute and clarinet choir
When you are ready (your tutor will advise), you may wish to progress to one of City Lit's more advanced Ensembles
You may wish to support your learning through a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns. For more details about musicianship and music theory please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.
To find out more about music history classes and to read our year-long selection of courses, please see the blog post Music history: your guide to the 2019/20 programme which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.