Clarinet 1C

Course Dates: 23/04/20 - 02/07/20
Time: 20:00 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Learn the basics of playing clarinet in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. Suitable for those who have been learning for at least two terms. Continues to Clarinet 2 next year.


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 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.
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 2A offered every academic year starting in September.
You may also be interested in courses that develop your musicianship.

Tutor Biographies
Ross Thomas Tutor Website

Ross Thomas is a professional musician, conductor, arranger and composer based in London. Also known as their alter ego Taxi Rank, they are working at the intersection of classical/contemporary music, fashion and performance. Ross is currently championing the works of female, LGBT, BME composers and musicians as well as Australian contemporary music. Ross is passionate about the clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone and enjoys passing on these skills to keen learners. Courses currently taught at City Lit are Clarinet, Flute and clarinet choir, and Wind ensemble.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: ME148C

Thu, eve, 23 Apr - 02 Jul '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00
Concession: £109.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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