Piano/keyboards 1D

Course Dates: 17/09/19 - 03/12/19
Time: 15:45 - 17:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street

This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique. Taught in the digital piano classroom with one keyboard per student.

Description

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 music@citylit.ac.uk 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).
Books for this course are as follows: Adult All-in-One Course: Lesson, Theory, Technique Level 1 (Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course) from page 108, and A Dozen a day by Edna-Mae Burnam.

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

You may also be interested in Music theory, Practical Musicianship or Music appreciation courses.

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Tutor Biographies
Ana Claudia Magalhaes

Ana Claudia Magalhaes is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a degree in Music (main instrument Piano) at the School of Music of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She also attended for many years, the piano class of Gloria Maria da Fonseca Costa, a former pupil of Alexander Siloti. Gloria Maria was a major influence and inspiration in Ana's piano studies. Ana came to London in 1996, where she took the Post Graduate and MA degree in Music Teaching at the Professional Practice at the University of Reading. She has a passion for teaching, individually and in groups, from beginners to advanced, children and adults and she enjoys adapting her teaching according to the main needs of her students/classes. Although her main Musical Education was Classical, Ana has also developed the ability to improvise and play by ear since her teens when playing in bands with her youth friends and she thinks this freedom was very important for her formation as a musician. Ana plays solo but she also enjoys mainly playing chamber music, accompanied by other people. She has combined teaching and performing since she lived in Brazil.

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.

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Course Code: ME216A

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Started Tue, day, 17 Sep - 03 Dec '19

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £121.00

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