What is the course about?
This course introduces you to the basic technique of clarinet playing: articulation, breathing, dynamics and expression markings, fingering for the main notes on the clarinet, and how to read and play pitch and rhythm. We will also do simple improvisation and ensemble playing. Suitable for absolute beginners.
What will we cover?
- Basic 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...
- Produce a good tone on your clarinet
- Know the most common notes on the clarinet
- Read and play basic music notation
- Play several simple tunes.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge is needed.
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 through tutor explanation and demonstration, group and individual playing. Sessions will also include class discussion, aural skills and theoretical study.
A regular practise routine is essential to make progress you will need to practise regularly outside class (ideally at least 20 minutes 4 times per week).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your own Bb clarinet, reeds, and a pencil.
Course book: Bruce Pearson - Standard of Excellence: Enhanced comprehensive band method book 1 (B-flat Clarinet) [external website]. This book is used throughout level 1 and level 2 courses. Your tutor recommends that you buy the version with the 'interactive practice studio' as this will be of most use to you.
The course also draws on repertoire from Progressive Jazz Studies for Clarinet: Easy Level [external website]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.
Have you read our guide to local music shops and choosing instruments? Where to buy music and instruments This blog post lists some of our local music shops and gives specific advice on clarinets, pianos and more.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Clarinet 1B next term
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