Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME114C
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will keep able flautists practising and playing with others. Develop your technique and musicianship, 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?
- 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.
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 signatures.
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 Zoom 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. 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 via google Classroom.
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?
You may wish to continue at this level, or progress to Flute: advanced in September; ask your tutor for advice.
You may also be interested in Early music ensemble skills, World music courses, Township jazz, or one fo City Lit's many Music Theory and Musicianship and Music History courses.
Lindsey Fillingham (flute, piano, chamber music and improvisation tutor) graduated with BMus(Hons) from the University of Cape Town in 2009 and went on to study in Stockholm (KMH), Manchester (RNCM), and privately with Kate Hill (RAM). She has played with the likes of the Hallé, the Cape Philharmonic, and Orchestra of the Swan in venues including Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields, has performed as a soloist with the Johannesburg Philharmonic, and broadcast for BBC’s Songs of Praise and Sunday Worship. Lindsey is carrying out PhD research at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, into group classical improvisation. She has led improvisation workshops and courses at the University of Cape Town, City Lit and Barbican’s OpenFest, amongst others. Lindsey loves performing to diverse communities, and is equally at home singing in school workshops or playing in care settings. She is a member of soundSPARK wind quartet and, with the Ashdown Duo, the Musicians in Hospitals and Care scheme. Lindsey is passionate about passing on the joy of music-making, and teaches at City Lit and Kensington Prep School.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.