What is the course about?
Grow your confidence in this intensive 2-hour class with time allowed for playing in front of others ‘workshop-style’ on an acoustic piano in a friendly and supportive environment. Achieve greater confidence in co-ordination of hands, rhythmical work and a range of dynamics. Improve your musicianship, and aural awareness. You will extend your theoretical knowledge in order to fully understand the pieces you are playing.
What will we cover?
- Developing dynamic range
- Developing co-ordination skills in variety of articulations i.e. play one hand legato and one staccato.
- Duet playing
- Technique, style and performance skills will be discussed
- Use of the pedal
- Strategies for practising and developing a practice routine.
- Performance anxiety and coping strategies.
- Learning pieces in a variety of styles, both Classical and popular, including ABRSM/Trinity exam pieces.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform at least 3 pieces on the piano from the class repertoire
- Be able to use gradual dynamics
- Perform 4 major scales and 4 minor scales suitable for the level
- Understand the skills required for effective duet playing
- Organise your practice time effectively.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have completed a City Lit piano/keyboard 3 class or its equivalent as this course has an entry level of approximately Grade 3 ABRSM, building to a much more confident Grade 3 standard by the end of the year. 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 are taught through tutor explanation and demonstration, group playing and individual practice (on acoustic and digital pianos). Sessions will also include aural skills, duet playing – a fun way of developing listening and rhythm skills - and theoretical study.
A regular practice routine is essential to progress on this course.
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 by the students (approx. cost £10 each). Music may be purchased new or second-hand and/or borrowed from local libraries. Westminster Central Music Library (Victoria) and the Barbican Music Library have very comprehensive collections.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to: Piano workshop 3
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.