What is the course about?
This course will keep able flautists practising and playing with others. Develop your technique and musicianship tools for playing, and learn new repertoire for solo and ensemble.
What will we cover?
- continuation and development of previous learning i.e. tone, technique, embouchure, articulation, breath and vibrato, phrasing, posture, dynamics
- 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
- show improved articulation breath control and a more flexible embouchure
- demonstrate an enhanced sense of rhythm, better sight reading
- show improvement in finger technique and scales
- perform a range of repertoire
- play in ensemble pieces with greater confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have at least 3 years' experience of playing and have reached a standard of grade 4 - 5.
Grade 4 requirements are bflat and B major to the 12th; 2 octaves of D, A, Eflat major, C minor, G minor, D minor and F sharp minor. 2 octaves of chromatic scale. You should be able to sight read in simple time.
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?
You will play as a group, in unison, and in 2, 3, 4 parts as well as solo.There will be the opportunity to play with a pianist at end of term performances. Teaching is through demonstration, listening to flute recordings and other students. Practice between classes is essential.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to buy some music for the course - advice will be given by the tutor. Most ensemble music will be provided. You may also need to write some notes in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Continue to flute 4B 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