What is the course about?
You will learn the skills of playing one per part in mixed instrumental groups. Pieces will be selected by the tutor to suit the instruments and ability levels of students enrolled.
This course is an ideal introduction to Chamber music 1 (Tuesdays 18:00 - 19:30) starting in September.
What will we cover?
- ensemble skills such as listening, playing in time and in tune together
- developing your confidence in holding your own part in the group
- how the instrumental parts relate to each other in a small ensemble
- familiarity with the chamber music repertoire for your instrument.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- hold your own part in a small mixed instrumental group
- play in tune and in time with others in a small group
- understand how your own part fits into the musical ensemble
- play with sensitivity to others in the group.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need to be playing at least at confident Grade 3 standard on your instrument, and have confident music reading skills. Sight-reading skills are useful but not essential. You will be playing in small groups with a variety of instruments, and need to work co-operatively with others.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be learning music in small groups under the guidance of the tutor, listening and critiquing within your group, and playing to and listening to the other groups. You will need to practise your parts between sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your instrument (unless you are a pianist!), a pencil and eraser. The tutor will provide suitable music, but you are also welcome to bring along music you are interested in playing.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Related Summer School courses include:
for all instrumentalists: Improvising in classical music, Baroque music on modern instruments, Orchestra workshop
for string players: String summer school, String ensemble: summer season
for wind players: City Lit wind ensemble: summer season, Clarinet choir, Jazz flute
Chamber music: intermediate, Chamber music ensembles, String quartets, City Lit wind ensemble, and workshops for instruments at all levels run throughout the academic year. Clarinet Choir and Orchestra workshop run as short courses.
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