What is the course about?
This is the second year of flute study. The course will keep you practising and playing with others. You will learn new techniques and tools for playing, as well as new repertoire.
What will we cover?
- continuation and development of all previous learning, i.e. tone, technique, articulation, embouchure, breathing, phrasing, dynamics, vibrato and posture
- aural perception, improvisation, sight-reading, memorisation, musical interpretation
- musical theory and style through a varied repertoire
- solo and ensemble performance.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- play with better tone, tuning and expressive range
- improve articulation, breath control and a more flexible embouchure
- demonstrate an enhanced sense of rhythm, better sight reading and practice methods
- improve your listening skills, improvising and memory skills
- improve finger technique and scales
- improve reading music notation and general musicianship
- perform a range of repertoire and participate in ensemble pieces with greater confidence
- play at approximately Grade 4 (ABRSM / Trinity) level by the end of the academic year.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have 1 to 2 years' playing experience and have reached a standard beyond Grade 2 (ABRSM / Trinity), i.e. be able to an F or G major scales and arpeggios across two octaves.
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?
Demonstration and explanations by your tutor
Playing together in class
Group work in two to four parts
Listening to other students
Practising with a pianist and backing tracks
Listening to flute recordings
To make progress you will need to practise regularly between classes, ideally 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week
Occasionally you will have small written assignments to complete outside of class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need to bring your own flute with cleaning accessories, a flute stand, a notebook and pencil. You will need to buy music for the course; advice will be given by your tutor. Most ensemble music will be provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course continues to flute 2/3B and C.
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