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 come to an advice session and bring a piece to play. Our teachers will help you select a class at the right level.
What will we cover?
- Repertoire themes are tutor-led, from which students can select their pieces. (Please contact the music office for the latest repertoire list. firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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.
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.
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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
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 music. Scores may be purchased new or second-hand and/or borrowed from local libraries. Westminster Central Music Library (Victoria) and the Barbican Music Library have very comprehensive collections. Suitable scores may also be available from http://imslp.org/.
Repertoire focus for this term:
- Czech composers (Smetana, Janacek, Martinu, Dvorak).
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), Practical Musicianship (e.g. Dalcroze, Kodaly, Hindemith Method, Keyboard harmony & improvisation, Alexander Technique for musicians) or one of City Lit's wide range of Music appreciation courses, including courses specifically on piano and keyboard music.