What is the course about?
This course develops your playing technique on the clarinet, working on articulation, breathing, dynamics and expression markings, fingering for the main notes, and how to read and play pitch and rhythm. We will also work on improvisation and ensemble playing. Tutor: Ross Thomas.
What will we cover?
- Clarinet technique
- Music reading
- Pulse and rhythm
- Ensemble playing
- Wide range of repertoire from classical to jazz
- Simple improvisation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Improve your tone on your clarinet
- Improve your control of breathing and articulation
- Play a wider range of notes on the clarinet
- Read and play basic music notation
- Play simple tunes and ensemble music
- Improvise on simple melodies.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for those who have been learning the clarinet for at least two terms or who play to an approximate Grade 1-2 standard.
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 will comprise tutor explanation and demonstration, group and individual playing. Sessions will also include class discussion, aural skills and theoretical study.
To make progress you will need to practise regularly outside class (ideally at least 20 minutes on least 4 days per week).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your own Bb clarinet, reeds, and a pencil.
Required text: Jonathan Rutland, Abracadabra Clarinet 3rd ed. [c.£10 incl CD]. This book is used throughout level 1 and level 2 courses. Your tutor recommends that you buy the version with the CD as this will be of most use to you.
The course also draws on repertoire from Easy Clarinet Duets and Progressive Jazz Studies for Clarinet: Easy Level by James Rae.
The tutor will provide other musical material. If there are specific pieces you would like to learn, please feel free to suggest them to the tutor.
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When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Clarinet 2: module 1 offered every academic year starting in September.
You may also be interested in courses that develop your musicianship.
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