What is the course about?
This course moves beyond simple grade 1 standard repertoire and introduces elements of the grade 2 piano syllabus. 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 2C.
What will we cover?
- Level 2 course repertoire works towards an approximate grade 2 standard and the choice of repertoire will be discussed at the first meeting.
- Technical problems, style and performance skills will be discussed
- Opportunity to play duets
- Devise and master technical exercises, harmonise simple melodies, and sight-read
- Developing greater co-ordination between hands, rhythm and 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).
- Arpeggios in the same keys (1 octave hands separately).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- play and recognise basic I, IV and V chords in major keys
- play 3 major and 2 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 a confident grade 1 standard o have completed ‘Piano/keyboards 2A’ as this course draws on some material of an approximate Grade 2 standard. You will need 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 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?
This course leads to ‘Piano/keyboards 2C’.
You may also be interested in Music theory, Practical Musicianship or Music appreciation courses.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details