Piano repertoire

Course Dates: 20/09/17 - 29/11/17
Time: 18:40 - 21:40
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Shelagh Sutherland

If you have a minimum playing standard of grade 8, come and explore the wealth of piano repertoire, concentrating on style and period. Broaden your interpretive skills and gain experience in performance practice. Break week: 25th October.


What is the course about?

Acquire a deeper understanding of the stylistic interpretation and performance of a wide repertoire. Emphasis will be placed on improving technique through postural awareness in addition to specific pianistic studies, tone production, pedalling technique and a rhythm/pulse co-ordination. Students are expected to practice at least 1 hour a day.

If you are unsure which course is best for you, please come to an advice session and bring a piece to play. Our teachers will help you select a class at the right level. Tutor: Shelagh Sutherland [external website].

What will we cover?

- Two or three composers will be selected per term plus own choice pieces.
- Please contact the music office for the latest repertoire list. music@citylit.ac.uk

- knowledge and awareness of repertoire including styles from baroque-period to contemporary styles as agreed by tutor and students in a workshop environment
- further understanding of musical forms and structures
- advanced technical skills
- interpretive skills
- skills in memorisation
- preparing for informal concerts.

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 further to enable to co-op 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 standard of grade 8.
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?

Each member will be individually coached. Involvement in other class members’ 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 music being studied.

Projected repertoire for this module: Brahms Op 76 - Op 119 inclusive, Bach (Partitas, English & French suites or preludes & fugues) Plus own choice to allow students to prepare for Diplomas, recitals etc.

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

You may take Piano repertoire for as long as you wish or progress to Piano: advanced workshop. Your tutor will
advise you.
You may also be interested in Music theory (all levels to Grade 8), Practical Musicianship, or one of City Lit's wide range of Music appreciation courses, including courses specifically on piano and keyboard music.

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


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Course Code: ME251A

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Full Wed, eve, 20 Sep - 29 Nov '17

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £229.00
Concession: £140.00
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