What is the course about?
You will play various chamber music works in a variety of mixed instrumental groups, and experience at first hand the colours and possibilities of various instruments. Works will be selected by the tutor in consultation with the students, according to skill, experience and musical tastes and interests. Commitment to the course and regular attendance is essential.
What will we cover?
- A selection of chamber music works appropriate to the abilities of the players.
- Listening skills when rehearsing and performing chamber music works.
- How to practise efficiently in order to achieve a good performance.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- play and perform with an improved sense of rhythm
- play with a better sense of phrasing and timbre
- react more sensitively with other players in a chamber music ensemble
- understand in detail the stylistic features of pieces studied and performed in class
- identify the characteristics of different instruments
- perform to other students and friends and in more formal concerts.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be playing at Grade 6 standard or above and a good sense of rhythm as well as good sight-reading skills.
You will need to work co-operatively with other students in the group and receptive to tutor feedback.
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?
This is a practical course, with tutoring every week in the various groups you play with.
You will be expected to practise between sessions and be committed to the course and your fellow ensemble members.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your own instrument (pianos are provided) and a pencil.
Where possible, students supply their own music. City Lit Music department has a library of chamber music, and music is also available from public libraries, with especially good collections at Barbican and Westminster.
A great deal of suitable repertoire is available for free online from the Petrucci Music Library [external website].
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Players continue in the course for as many terms as they wish. Different repertoire is covered each term, and students are assigned to different groups to broaden their musical experience. You may also be interested in Orchestra workshop, Flute and clarinet choir, City Lit wind ensemble, or Brass workshop (depending on your instrument).
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.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details