Time: 16:15 - 17:45
Location: Keeley Street
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 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?
You need access your own piano or keyboard with between 60-88 full-sized keys to practice between classes, 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.
Chryssa has been a piano tutor at City Lit since 2006 and has extensive teaching experience in adult music education. She enjoys seeing adults in her classes embark on something new or discover an old passion. She also teaches for the piano department at the prestigious Centre for Young Musicians (a division of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama) since 2017. She has performed as a soloist and member of chamber music ensembles in London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Greece and Spain. In 2014 Chryssa and violinist Anna Ovsyanikova were invited to perform at the Cern Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. Chryssa’s training involves a Master’s degree with Commendation from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where she received the Delia Hall Prize for accompanists and a Postgraduate degree in Music Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her knowledge and strengths in performance are supported by an undergraduate degree in Musicology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Instrumental route from the Institute of Education (University of London). Chryssa also has a Bachelor degree in Communication and Mass Media (University of Athens, Greece).
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.