What is the course about?
The course continues from our foundation year courses and develops greater fluency at the keyboard: hand/eye co-ordination, reading music notation and understanding keyboard harmony. It also explores rhythmic vocabulary and dynamic contrasts.
You will learn to recognise and play chords I, IV and V in major keys. It continues with Level 1: module 2.
What will we cover?
- Extended work on rhythmic patterns, including shorter note-values and dotted notes.
- Development of legato technique
- Development of finger staccato
- Theoretical and practical of understanding of major keys in pieces and technical studies
- Harmonization of simple melodies
- Performance in a range of styles
- Aural skills: understanding of keyboard harmony will be developed alongside playing and theoretical work.
- Over the course of the three modules, Piano/keyboards 1 course repertoire works towards an approximate grade 1 standard.
- Scales (over the course of three Piano/keyboards 1 modules): C, G and F majors; A minor (harmonic and melodic, one octave). Arpeggios in those keys (1 octave hands separately).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Play and recognise basic chords I, IV and V chords
- Play a major scale hands separately
- Recognise forte and piano dynamics
- Play with basic finger staccato
- Play melodic lines with basic legato technique
- Play rhythms with quavers.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students need to have been playing for one year or have completed Piano/keyboards foundation: module 3 and you will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
If you are unsure of your current level, please attend an advice session.
If you are new to City Lit piano classes, please take a moment to read our blog: Choosing a piano class at City lit which lists our full sequence of piano classes.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes will comprise tutor explanation and demonstration, group playing and individual practice (using headphones so the tutor can check individual progress). Sessions will also include aural skills and theoretical study.
Students are required to practise a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students should have access to a keyboard or piano for practice between classes plus material, usually one or two printed books (approx. cost £10 each).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Piano/keyboards 1: module 2.
You may also be interested in Music theory, Practical Musicianship or Music appreciation courses.
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