What is the course about?
Acquire a deeper understanding of the stylistic interpretation and performance of a wide range of piano repertoire. Emphasis will be placed on improving technique through postural awareness in addition to specific pianistic studies, tone production, pedalling technique and rhythm/pulse co-ordination. A regular practice routine is essential for progress at this level.
If you are unsure which course is best for you, please contact the music department (email@example.com) where our teachers will help you select a class at the right level.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- knowledge and awareness of repertoire including styles from baroque to contemporary
- further understanding of musical forms and structures
- advanced technical skills
- interpretive skills
- memorisation techniques
- preparing for informal concerts
N.B Repertoire themes are tutor-led, from which students can select their pieces.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Show an improved stylistic awareness
- Demonstrate developed fluency of rhythm and pulse co-ordination
- Demonstrate your technique to cope with more advanced repertoire
- Demonstrate an improved tone quality
- Display a subtle pedalling technique
- Make independent decisions in regards to pedalling, ornaments and articulation
- Produce layered texture of 2-3 voices.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will have a playing standard of grade 8. You need to be able 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?
For this online course you will need your own piano, be able to source your own copies of course repertoire-books (see below) and a computer or tablet with a webcam, microphone and reliable internet connection.
We use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit any homework tasks. We use ZOOM (video software) to meet for weekly classes via webcam.
Each member will be individually coached in a workshop format. Class members are invited to participate in performances through attentive listening, practical illustration and peer feedback.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students should have access to a piano (acoustic or digital) for practice between classes and budget approximately
£15 per term for scores. Music may be purchased new or second-hand. Suitable scores may also be available from IMSLP
Repertoire for this term is 'Preludes and Fugues from any era' plus own choice (for students preparing for Diplomas).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may repeat Piano repertoire for as long as you wish or when you are ready, progress to Piano: advanced workshop. Your tutor will advise you.
You may also be interested in Music theory (all levels to Grade 8, diploma topics and counterpoint classes), Keyboard harmony, or one of City Lit's wide range of Music history courses, including courses specifically on piano and keyboard music.