What is the course about?
This course will cover music of different genres to help improve your ensemble skills. It will provide methods for working as a group to achieving a great ensemble sound as well as performance techniques.
Please advise the Music department which instrument you play by email or by phone on (020) 7492 2630.
What will we cover?
The topics to be covered are:
- aural and visual communication
- leading your section
- methods of practising and rehearsing your part
- blending as a group
- intonation and musicality
- jazz improvisation
- approaches to various musical styles.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- play your parts confidently in your section and as an ensemble player
- have a greater understanding of musical styles
- have an improved level of sight reading and team work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need a working knowledge of scales and arpeggios on your instrument.
Students should have completed at least the level 2 flute or clarinet course at City Lit, or be around ABRSM Grade 3-4 standard or higher. More experienced players are encouraged and will also benefit from this short course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught in an ensemble music rehearsal setting where you will be expected to sight read. You will also need to practise your parts between classes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Sheet music will be provided. Please bring your instrument and a pencil.
Any size of instrument is welcome (e.g. piccolo, alto flute, bass clarinet). Please advise the Music department which instrument you play by by email or by phone on (020) 7492 2630.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Regular instrumental classes include Flute 4, Flute: advanced, Clarinet 4, Clarinet: advanced workshop and ensembles.
You may also be interested in Wind ensemble, Orchestra workshop, Chamber music: intermediate, Chamber music: advanced, or one of our wide range of courses in Music theory, Practical musicianship or Music appreciation.
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