Piano/keyboards 1B (early bird)

Course Dates: 13/01/20 - 30/03/20
Time: 10:30 - 11:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:

A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes. Taught in the digital piano classroom, with one keyboard per student.

Description

What is the course about?

This course is the second step in our beginners piano programme.
The aim of the course is to move beyond playing pieces which are always in ‘C position’ (i.e. hand position based on middle-C). You will increase fluency at navigating the keyboard, develop your hand/eye coordination and your ability to recognise patterns and shapes in simple melodies.

You will focus on playing hands together, and extending beyond 5-finger patterns to explore a wider range of the keyboard. You will also develop your aural and keyboard skills to increase your fluency of playing and understanding of music, and develop your ability to evaluate music and recognise mistakes as an aid to effective practise.

This course is taught in the digital piano classroom with a maximum of 15 per class. You will need access to a keyboard or piano outside class to practise between sessions.

What will we cover?

- Moving beyond ‘C position’ to ‘G position’
- Sharps and flats (accidentals)
- Playing a melody with simple chord accompaniment
- Increased fluency of reading at sight, and playing without looking at your fingers
- Reading and applying shapes and patterns at the keyboard
- Simple scale and chord patterns
- Reading and applying simple time signatures and common rhythmic patterns
- Aural skills, especially identifying and correcting mistakes in playing.

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

- Co-ordinate hands to combine melodies with simple chords
- Read music within 2 octaves
- Perform a complete piece with confidence from the course repertoire
- Aural skills: remember and perform melodies or rhythms played by tutor of up to 2 bars in length.

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

If you are new to City Lit classes please download our: preparation piece for piano/Keyboards 1B . We recommend you study this music ready for the start of your class as it addresses many of the points already covered in the previous piano class. Please contact us on music@citylit.ac.uk if you find the piece too difficult for two weeks’ practice.
You should have completed ‘Piano/keyboards 1A’, or equivalent (approximately 3 months' tuition). You must be able to play simple melodies with chord textures in major keys (hands together), follow basic rhythms, and read music notation in bass and treble clefs. 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).

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

This course leads to Piano/keyboards 1C.
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
Tutor Biographies
Gisela Meyer Tutor Website

Gisela is a multi-skilled musician: She works as a pianist, piano accompanist, classical soprano, cellist and teacher. Following undergraduate studies in Frankfurt-am-Main and a postgraduate diploma (piano) in Weimar, Gisela obtained a MMus in Accompaniment at the Guildhall School for Music and Drama. She has also studied singing privately with Jessica Cash, focussing primarily on oratorio and art songs. Gisela performs regularly in recitals as a soloist (as pianist or singer) and also sings and plays in a variety of chamber ensembles. In her freelance work she accompanies concerts, exams and recitals for professionals, students of various music colleges and Grade exam canditates. She is a consultant for Islington Sixth Form college, with her roles ranging from acoompaniment and teaching to the conducting of exams and auditions. Gisela has worked for City Lit since 2001, as accompanist and tutor. Presently, she teaches Piano, Singing and Chamber music (Level 2 and Advanced).

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.

This course has now started

Course Code: ME277B

Started Mon, day, 13 Jan - 30 Mar '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £127.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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

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