Time: 18:40 - 21:40
Location: Keeley Street
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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.
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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 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 regard 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?
- All courses use Google Classroom to share materials and messages, including any homework tasks.
- 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
To see the repertoire and any required music books you will need to bring to this course please refer to our list as follows: City lit piano repertoire books 2022-2023 [external website].
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 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.
Shelagh Sutherland is established as one of Britain's leading and most versatile pianists. She enjoys a varied scheduled freelancing with the major London orchestras, particularly the Philharmonia and the London Sinfonietta, while also having a busy teaching schedule at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and teaching Alexander Technique at the University of Surrey and now at Guildhall. Shelagh enjoys teaching students of all ages and especially at City Lit, where there is a wonderfully supportive environment for both staff and students, encouraging genuine learning and passionate interest in a wide variety of subjects. She has taught year-long courses and summer-school short courses at City Lit since 2008 and also co-ordinated the keyboard department at Junior Guildhall since 1990. Shelagh has performed in all major British festivals including the Proms, and has toured Europe, the USA, Canada and South America. She has recorded many solos works for BBC Radio 3. As a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, she qualified in piano, singing and violin and was awarded a British Council Research Scholarship to specialist in Czech music in Prague.
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.