Clarinet 4A

Course Dates: 17/09/20 - 03/12/20
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online

This online course is for students who have a minimum of three years' experience (playing at around grade 4 standard). Come and work on both technical and solo work, and enjoy learning some ensemble repertoire. This course continues with Clarinet 4B next term.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This course is an introduction to the solo and ensemble repertoire. Technique, articulation, musicianship and tone
quality are taught through jazz, classical and popular styles.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- All aspects of clarinet technique - breathing, articulation, fingering, tone etc. - at grade 4 standard
- solo and ensemble repertoire in a wide variety of styles
- sight reading
- the art of interpretation.

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 repertoire and styles
- 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 4 standard, and should be at ease with note-reading.
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 online through tutor explanation and demonstration, group playing along with the tutor and individual playing. Sessions will also include class discussion, plus embedded 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?

You will need your own Bb clarinet and supply of reeds, and please bring a pencil to class.
For this course we will be using the following books which you will need to bring to class:
Studies for Clarinet by Eva Perenyi
30 Jazz Influenced Studies for Clarinet, Grades 3-5 by Tom Jackson AND/OR
20 Crucial Clarinet Studies: Clarinet by Helen Madden

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When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course leads to Clarinet 4B. You may take Clarinet level 4 courses for as many terms as you wish each year, or progress to Clarinet: advanced workshop and ensembles. Your tutor will advise.
You may also be interested in Chamber music 1 or 2, City Lit big bands, Flute and Clarinet choir, or Jazz harmony and ear training.
You may be interested in Musicianship and Music theory course; please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.


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Really good course. Extremely supportive learning environment. You can get whatever you want from it, you can push yourself really hard or on weeks when you just don't have time there is no pressure.
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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.

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Course Code: ME110A

Started Thu, eve, 17 Sep - 03 Dec '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £189.00
Concession: £115.00

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