What is the course about?
The course continues from ‘Piano/keyboards 1: module 2’ and continues to develop greater fluency at the keyboard, with music notation and keyboard harmony. It also explores rhythmic vocabulary and dynamic contrasts using ABRSM Grade 1 standard repertoire. You will extend your knowledge of major and minor keys.
What will we cover?
- Extended work on rhythmical patterns
- Development of legato technique
- Development of finger staccato
- Theoretical and practical of understanding of major and minor keys in pieces and studies
- Harmonization of simple melodies
- Performance in a range of styles
- Aural skills: keyboard harmony developed alongside playing and theoretical work
- Understanding different chord positions (inversions).
- Level 1 course repertoire will work towards an approximate grade 1 standard.
- Scales (over the course of Level 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 3 major and 1 minor scales and arpeggios, 1 octave hands separately
- Play and recognise forte and piano dynamics
- Play with finger staccato
- Play melodic lines with reliable legato technique
- Play rhythms with quavers
- Play simple tunes hands together with confident co-ordination and fluency.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have completed ‘Piano/keyboards 1: module 2’, or equivalent (approximately 18 months' tuition): you must be able to play melodies with chord textures in 3 major keys (hands together), follow basic rhythms, and read music notation in bass and treble clefs approaching an approximate Grade 1 standard. You will need to be able 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.
To make good progress, you will need to practise regularly: preferably 20-30 minutes every day.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a notebook and pencil. 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 2: module 1’.
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