Piano/keyboards 1A

Course Dates: 22/04/20 - 01/07/20
Time: 19:30 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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. You will be taught in our digital piano classroom, with one keyboard per student.

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. This course is taught in the digital piano classroom with a maximum of 15 students per class. You will need regular access to a keyboard or piano outside class to practise between sessions. It continues with Piano/keyboards 1B.

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, you may wish to attend a music advice session to ensure that you enrol on a course at the right level for you.
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?

Classes are taught through 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).

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.
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. You could also request an advice session where we can hear you play and help you choose the right course.
You may wish to support your learning through a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns. For more details about musicianship and music theory please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.

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.

Do not hesitate - just get started.

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
Sarha Moore

Sarha is an experienced teacher and gigging musician, performing on the saxophone, arranging and composing on the piano, in classical, jazz and world music genres. Her principal band, Bollywood Brass Band, is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style wedding band, performing tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood films. Twice nominated for Songlines World Music Awards, the band has performed across the world in concerts, festivals, and Indian weddings in the UK, Europe, India, Thailand and South Africa. Sarha played with Ghanaian Highlife band Orchestre Jazira, and socialist big band, The Happy End. She also plays in the Charlie Mingus jazz cover band Hog Callin’, The Great Yiddish Parade marching band and Freylekh klezmer band. Sarha’s specialist area is World Music, and she has a PhD on the study of the Flattened Supertonic across different cultures. At CityLit she teaches jazz and classical piano, saxophone, world music styles (practical and academic courses), musicianship and music theory.

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: ME233A

Please choose a course date 

Wed, eve, 22 Apr - 01 Jul '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £229.00
Concession: £140.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
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