What is the course about?
This is a short consolidation course for pre-grade 1 pianists who have completed foundation-year classes at the City Lit or have been playing piano for about a year. This course will revise theory and practical skills you have learnt so far. It will also help you to gain your confidence in using your knowledge in a practical way by perfecting pieces you have learnt and learning new ones.
What will we cover?
-reading and understanding basic notation (alphabet note-names: A, B, C, D…)
-reading and understanding simple rhythm patterns with a focus on dotted rhythms
-coordinating hands in patterns based on C and G
-simple finger technique
-recognising repeated patterns: e.g. arpeggios, broken chords.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read notation with more confidence
- read rhythm patterns with more confidence
- be able to phrase melodic line
- coordinate hands more fluently.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for pianists who have completed Piano/keyboards Foundation: modules 1, 2 & 3 and/or been playing for at least a year.
The course provides extra practice-pieces covering key topics at foundation level: perfect for growing your confidence before progressing to piano/keyboards 1.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Group work, playing key passages or exercises together
- Private study on digital pianos using headphones (provided)
- Tutor demonstration with question & answer, and discussion sessions
- Practical session with aural and theoretical tasks (clapping rhythms, identifying major/minor sounds by ear)
- Students should practise a minimum of 30 minutes a day between classes.
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.
- Music and worksheets will be provided by the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Piano/keyboards 1D in September 2019
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.
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