Piano/keyboards: revision for levels 3 and 4

Course Dates: 11/07/24 - 01/08/24
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Location: Keeley Street
Reinforce your basic piano skills, improve your reading, hand co-ordination and technique. This course will revise key topics from City Lit level 3 and 4 piano syllabus and is a great opportunity to keep learning throughout the summer!
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Piano/keyboards: revision for levels 3 and 4
  • Course Code: ME947
  • Dates: 11/07/24 - 01/08/24
  • Time: 16:00 - 18:00
  • Taught: Thu, Daytime
  • Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Ana Claudia Magalhaes

Course Code: ME947

Thu, day, 11 Jul - 01 Aug '24

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 4582 0412

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What is the course about?

This is a consolidation course for pianists of around grade 3 standard who are currently studying Piano/keyboards level 3 or 4 classes at City Lit and/or have been playing piano for between 3 and 4 years. This course will revise the theory and practical skills you have learnt so far. Moving at a brisk pace it will also help you to gain confidence by perfecting techniques you have learnt through study of new pieces and exercises.

What will we cover?

- Reading and understanding more complex notation in treble and bass clef
- Reading and understanding more complex rhythmic patterns
- Coordinating hands in a variety of keys
- Playing technique.

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 the hands more fluently
- Develop your understanding of pedalling.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for pianists who are taking Piano/keyboards Level 3 and 4 and is perfect for growing your confidence and offering extra time to consolidate your learning at this level.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Your tutor will teach though a variety of techniques:
- tutor explanation and demonstration
- worksheets
- group playing and individual demonstration tasks
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.
- Music and worksheets will be provided by the tutor.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City lit has a range of piano courses.
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 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.

Ana Claudia Magalhaes

Ana Claudia Magalhaes is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a degree in Music (main instrument Piano) at the School of Music of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She also attended for many years, the piano class of Gloria Maria da Fonseca Costa, a former pupil of Alexander Siloti. Gloria Maria was a major influence and inspiration in Ana's piano studies. Ana came to London in 1996, where she took the Post Graduate and MA degree in Music Teaching at the Professional Practice at the University of Reading. She has a passion for teaching, individually and in groups, from beginners to advanced, children and adults and she enjoys adapting her teaching according to the main needs of her students/classes. Although her main Musical Education was Classical, Ana has also developed the ability to improvise and play by ear since her teens when playing in bands with her youth friends and she thinks this freedom was very important for her formation as a musician. Ana plays solo but she also enjoys mainly playing chamber music, accompanied by other people. She has combined teaching and performing since she lived in Brazil.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.