What is the course about?
This third year of our piano programme uses repertoire of a grade 1 standard and moves towards new grade 2 work over the course of three terms. You will achieve greater confidence, fluency and control of the keyboard. You will also improve general musicianship, keyboard harmony skills and aural awareness, as well as extending your theoretical knowledge. The course is taught in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and continues with Piano/keyboards 2B.
What will we cover?
- Level 2 course repertoire will work towards an approximate grade 2 standard over the year. The choice of repertoire will be discussed at the first meeting (you will be asked to purchase your own music)
- Technical problems, style and performance skills will be discussed
- There may be some opportunity to play duets and ensemble exercises
- Devise and master technical exercises, harmonise simple melodies, and sight-read
- Developing greater co-ordination between hands, rhythm/pulse and establishing reliable dynamic control
- Chord inversions plus chord VI.
- Scales (over the whole year): C, G, F and D majors and A, E and D minors (harmonic and melodic, one octave hands together, two octaves hands separately).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Play and recognise I, IV and V chords in major and minor keys
- Play 3 major and 1 minor scales and arpeggios 1 octave hands separately
- Play and recognise different 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 reliable co-ordination and fluency.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students need to be able to play a grade 1 standard piece, or have completed ‘Piano/keyboards 1F’, as this course works towards material of an approximate grade 2 standard. 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. You could also drop in to one of our advice sessions where we can hear you play and help you choose the right course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes will comprise 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; one or two printed books as decided in class (approx. cost £10 each).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to ‘Piano/keyboards level 2B’.
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.