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 both jazz and classical repertoire.
What will we cover?
- All aspects of clarinet technique - breathing, articulation, fingering, tone etc. - at grade 4–5 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 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?
You will need your own Bb clarinet and supply of reeds, and please bring a pencil to class.
We will be using Studies for Clarinet by Eva Perényi’ and 30 Jazz Influenced Studies for Clarinet, Grades 3-5 by Tom Jackson
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When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Clarinet 4C. You may take Clarinet level 4 for as many terms as you wish another year, or progress to Clarinet: advanced workshop and ensembles. Your tutor will advise.
You may also be interested in Chamber music: intermediate, Chamber Music Ensembles, City Lit Wind Ensemble, City Lit Big Band, or Orchestra Workshop.
Your practical learning can be supported through one of our our wide range of Practical musicianship, Music theory or Music appreciation courses.