What is the course about?
This course is an introduction to the solo and ensemble repertoire. Technique, articulation, musicianship and tone quality are taught with jazz and classical pieces.
What will we cover?
- All aspects of clarinet technique - breathing, articulation, fingering, tone etc - to approximately grade 3 or 4 standard
- The art of interpretation will be developed
- Explore a variety of repertoire, solo and ensemble, in a variety of styles.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate improved aspects of clarinet technique
- Interpret a wider variety of music
- Demonstrate improved reading skills
- Demonstrate progress in the art of ensemble playing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should be able to play Bb clarinet to approximately Grade 3 standard, and should be at ease with note-reading 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 playing and individual practice (please bring your own instrument). 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?
You need your own Bb clarinet and supply of reeds.
Required text Jonathan Rutland, Abracadabra Clarinet 3rd ed. [c.£10 incl CD] and 20 Crucial Clarinet Studies by Helen Madden.
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When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Clarinet level 3: module 3 next term.
Chamber music: intermediate offers the opportunity to learn how to play with others in small ensembles. You may also be interested in City Lit's wide range of Practical musicianship, Music theory, or Music appreciation courses.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details