Piano/keyboards 1A

Course Dates: 26/04/22 - 12/07/22
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: Keeley Street
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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.
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Course Code: ME227A

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Started Tue, eve, 26 Apr - 12 Jul '22

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

This is the first step in our beginners' piano programme. It offers an introduction to the keyboard layout and basic keyboard skills music reading and your listening skills. You need access to a full-sized keyboard or piano for practice (and lessons if choosing the online option). This course continues to 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 to 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).

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 simple tunes (in C position) in 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/or reading music, please read our blog Choosing a piano class at City Lit to help you choose the right level. You can also contact the Music Department for advice.
You need to be able 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?

Please check carefully whether you are booking an online or an in-person course. Online runs via Zoom; in-person uses the digital piano classroom. All courses use Google Classroom to share materials and messages, including any homework tasks. You will learn through:
- tutor explanation and demonstration
- group playing and individual demonstration tasks
To make good progress a regular practice routine is essential. We recommend a minimum of 20 minutes, 4-5 times per week.

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.
You need your own piano or keyboard with 88 full-sized keys, a computer or tablet with screen large enough for you to read handouts, and a copy of Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course Book 1 [external website].

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

This course leads to Piano/keyboards 1B. There are multiple iterations of this at different times throughout the week.

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.