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.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- continuation and development of previous learning i.e. tone, technique, articulation, posture and breath control
- aural perception, improvisation, sight reading and memorisation
- musical theory, interpretation and style through a varied repertoire of classical, folk, jazz and pop music
- expressive and creative solo performance
- preparation to perform or record online, and using digital resources including backing tracks / accompaniments
- support for graded exams if requested.
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 and better sight reading
- show improvement in finger technique and scales
- perform a range of repertoire
- play along with backing tracks and other online resources.
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 3 - 5 (i.e. be able to play fluently in a range from bottom D to top F).
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?
Group classes will take place via video-conference, where the tutor will teach and demonstrate repertoire and exercises. There will be opportunities to play along with the tutor and in solo spots. Additionally, each student can take up two short 1-to-1 slots with the tutor per term. You will also learn from listening to flute recordings and other students. Practice between classes is essential. Recorded accompaniments, including multiple parts, will be supplied.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to buy music for the course - advice will be given by the tutor. Most ensemble music will be provided. You will benefit from having a device to record yourself on, such as a smartphone or PC. You may want paper and a pen or device to take notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Continue with ME114C next term.
You may also be interested in our ensembles such as: Chamber music skills: intermediate, Jazz flute, World music, Township tunes
City Lit also offers a wide range of Musicianship and Music Appreciation courses.