What is the course about?
The course continues from ‘Piano/keyboards 1E’ and continues to develop greater fluency at the keyboard, with music notation and keyboard harmony. It also explores rhythmic vocabulary and dynamic contrasts using ABRSM Grade 1 standard repertoire. You will extend your knowledge of major and minor keys.
What will we cover?
- Extended work on rhythmical patterns
- Development of legato technique
- Development of finger staccato
- Theoretical and practical of understanding of major and minor keys in pieces and studies
- Harmonisation of simple melodies
- Aural skills: develop your keyboard harmony skills alongside playing and theoretical work
- Understanding different chord positions (inversions).
- Level 1 course repertoire will work towards an approximate grade 1 standard.
- Scales (over the year): C, G and F majors and A minor (harmonic and melodic, one octave).
- Arpeggios in the same keys as 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 3 major and 1 minor scales and arpeggios, 1 octave hands separately
- Play and recognise forte and piano dynamics
- Play with finger staccato
- Play melodic lines with reliable legato technique
- Play rhythms with quavers
- Play simple tunes hands together with confident co-ordination and fluency.
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 1F . 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.
You should have completed ‘Piano/keyboards 1E’, or equivalent (approximately 18 months' tuition): you must be able to play melodies with chord textures in 3 major keys (hands together), follow basic rhythms, and read music notation in bass and treble clefs approaching an approximate Grade 1 standard. You need to be able 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?
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 2A
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.