What is the course about?
If you have played Bb clarinet for at least a year, come and improve your technique and performance skills, and explore a variety of styles and repertoire.
What will we cover?
The course covers more advanced aspects of clarinet technique up to around Grade 2 standard
- Breathing, articulation, fingering, tone etc.
- Music notation, including more complex rhythmic patterns
- beginning to play Grade 2 standard repertoire
- Individual repertoire as advised by the tutor.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate key aspects of clarinet technique at an elementary level
- Sight-read music at a basic level
- Have greater confidence in simple improvisation
- Play in an ensemble.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have had at least one year's playing experience and should be at ease with note-reading at Grade 2
standard and some very simple improvisation.
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
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your own Bb clarinet, supply of reeds, and a pencil. You will be asked to buy a recommended music-book by your tutor (approx price £15)
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 2B next term.
You may also be interested in Musicianship courses to develop your general musical skills.
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