Clarinet 2C

Course Dates: 20/04/20 - 29/06/20
Time: 20:00 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

If you have played Bb clarinet for at least 18 months, come and improve your technique and performance skills, and explore a variety of styles and repertoire. Continues to Clarinet 3 next academic year. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).


What is the course about?

The course aims to help you develop a good clarinet technique. You will learn the art of ensemble playing, improve
your reading skills and explore a range of musical styles. You will also learn more about improvisation.

What will we cover?

The course covers more advanced aspects of clarinet technique at Grade 3–4 standard
- Breathing, articulation, fingering, tone etc.
- Music notation, including more complex rhythmic patterns
- Grade 3 standard repertoire, solo and ensemble
- Individual repertoire as advised by the tutor.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Demonstrate all aspects of clarinet technique at an elementary level
- Sight-read music at a basic level
- Develop 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 around Grade 3 standard and some 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 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, supply of reeds, and a pencil.
Required text Jonathan Rutland, Abracadabra Clarinet 3rd ed. [c.£10 incl CD]. This book is used throughout Clarinet level 2 courses. Your tutor recommends that you buy the version with the CD as this will be of most use to you.

We will also use 40 Modern Studies for Solo Clarinet by James Rae and repertoire from Easy Clarinet Duets 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?

You should be ready to progress to Clarinet 3 next academic year. Your tutor will advise.
You may also be interested in general musicianship, music theory or music appreciation to enhance your general
musical skills.

Tutor Biographies
George Sleightholme

George is a freelance clarinet and bass clarinet player and teacher. Having graduated with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music (MA, 2010), George regularly plays in Brandenburg Sinfonia in London with players from the top London orchestras. He is a member of Kidenza Orchestra, performing classical orchestral music to thousands of young audience members every year. George has given many premieres, including pieces for the LSO's Soundhub scheme and in various national festivals. He has recorded widely, including at Abbey Road Studios. George has released two albums with his group iyatraQuartet, to critical acclaim. They were awarded the Kennedy Award 2019 by violinist Nigel Kennedy. George has led music workshops for Music for Autism, Aldeburgh Participate! and Bristol Pre-Conservatoire, and performed several operas for Royal Opera House Education and Outreach. He also conducts Surbiton Royal British Legion Marching Band and Palace Band in Alexandra Palace and at Benslow Music.

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: ME106C

Mon, eve, 20 Apr - 29 Jun '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £97.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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