What is the course about?
The course continues on from the first year of our beginners piano programme and develops greater fluency at the keyboard: hand/eye co-ordination, reading music notation and understanding keyboard harmony. It also explores rhythmic vocabulary and dynamic contrasts.
You will learn to recognise and play chords I, IV and V in major keys.
What will we cover?
- Extended work on rhythmic patterns, including shorter note-values and dotted notes.
- Development of legato technique
- Development of finger staccato
- Theoretical and practical of understanding of major keys in pieces and technical studies
- Harmonisation of simple melodies
- Aural skills: develop your understanding of keyboard harmony alongside playing and theoretical work.
- Over the course of the three terms, Piano/keyboards 1 course repertoire works towards an approximate grade 1 standard.
- Scales (for the whole year): C, G and F majors and A minor (harmonic and melodic, one octave).
- Arpeggios in the same keys as the scales (1 octave, hands separately).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Play and recognise basic chords I, IV and V chords
- Play a major scale hands separately
- Recognise forte and piano dynamics
- Play with basic finger staccato
- Play melodic lines with basic legato technique
- Play rhythms with quavers.
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 1D . 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you find the piece too difficult for two weeks’ practice.
Students need to have been playing for one year or have completed Piano/keyboards 1C and you will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
If you are unsure of your current level, please attend an advice session.
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?
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?
Piano classes continue with Piano/keyboards 1E
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.