Piano/keyboards 1A

Course Dates: 26/01/21 - 16/03/21
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: Online
Tutors:

This is the beginning of our piano programme: suitable for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing. This is an online course, please see below for details.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

This course is the very first step in our beginners piano programme. It offers an introduction to the keyboard layout and basic keyboard skills, using five-finger patterns. You will learn the basics of music reading and develop your listening skills through practical application. You will need access to a keyboard or piano to contribute to and practise between sessions. After this course our programme continues with Piano/keyboards 1B.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Keyboard geography
- Posture and hand shape
- Basic fingering patterns for melodies and chords in ‘C position’
- Reading music from note-names A, B, C, D, E, F and G
- Music notation: pitch on treble and bass clefs, simple time signatures and rhythmic patterns
- Reading by shape, interval and pattern
- Aural awareness of pitch (high/low, intervals) in relation to the keyboard.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand the geography of the keyboard and be able to find and name specific keys
- Read and play a simple tune (in C position) in either the bass or treble clef
- Recognise and play at least two simple chords
- Understand basic rhythmic symbols and realise simple rhythmic patterns.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for absolute beginners: no previous musical experience of any kind is needed. If you already have experience of playing piano and reading music, please contact the music department for more advice about suitable classes (music@citylit.ac.uk)
You need to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.

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?

For this online course you will need your own piano (or keyboard) with 88 full-sized keys, a copy of the course text-book (see below) and a computer or tablet with a webcam, microphone and reliable internet connection.
We use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit any homework tasks.
We use ZOOM (video software) to meet for weekly classes via webcam.

Your tutor will teach though a variety of techniques:
- tutor explanation and demonstration via webcam
- short revision videos and audio files (posted in Google Classroom)
- worksheets (posted in Google Classroom)
- group playing and individual demonstration tasks
Sessions will also include aural skills and theoretical study. To make good progress a regular practice routine is essential. We recommend 20 mins daily.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please watch our course introduction video to help you prepare for your first lesson.

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).
For this course there are music books which you are asked to buy and bring to class. Please buy your own copy of:
Adult All-in-One Course: Lesson, Theory, Technique Level 1 (Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course) [external website] Please email the music office music@citylit.ac.uk if you would like further details of how to purchase this book.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course leads to Piano/keyboards 1B. Please note: we have multiple courses at different times throughout the week.

Reviews

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

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I wish I had done this years ago.

My tutor is amazing - an absolute inspiration and makes the sessions such fun too!

I thoroughly recommend this course and I will be back when we have beaten this next global challenge! Thanks City Lit!
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Review by Julia Williams / (Posted on 18/03/2020)
The course is well structured; City Lit is a friendly place; the tutor is a skilful teacher who cares about his pupils' progress.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 17/03/2020)
Great starting point for those with little or no experience. A lot of topics are covered and it gives you the confidence for further study.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/12/2019)
A really good introduction to keyboard and fun too.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 30/11/2019)
A great way of starting to learn the piano. The group setting is supportive and the teacher is excellent
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Review by Barry / (Posted on 22/11/2019)
Go for it!
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Review by Brenda / (Posted on 20/11/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Andriana Minou Tutor Website

Andriana holds a BA in Piano Performance, an MA in Performing Arts and a PhD in Piano Performance Practice. She has been teaching children and adults of all ages and levels for about 20 years. She has participated in many different kinds of performances around the world as a solo pianist, ensemble member, director, writer, librettist, composer, songwriter, curator. She is a founding member of music ensembles, such as The Vladimir&Estragon Piano Duo, Oiseaux Bizarres Ensemble and Coocoolili (a weird cabaret regularly performed at Jamboree, London).

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.

Book your place

Course Code: ME227A

Tue, eve, 26 Jan - 16 Mar '21

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £139.00
Senior fee: £139.00
Concession: £85.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2630

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