Piano: return to playing

Course Dates: 08/03/20 - 29/03/20
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Did you once play the piano? Are you thinking of returning to playing? This short course, taught in a friendly and supportive environment, will help you refresh your dormant skills and re-kindle your passion for playing.


What is the course about?

This mixed-level course is intended for pianists who have previously achieved an approximate Grade 2-5 level and who are considering returning to playing after a long break. Get individual feedback and guidance on specific pieces and enjoy group activities to refresh your knowledge of music notation, scales and piano technique. This class is taught in a digital piano suite (one keyboard per student).

What will we cover?

- How to practise effectively
- Refresh your knowledge of music notation
- Sharpen your aural (listening) skills
- Tutor advice for choosing suitable music
- Individual help on a solo piece
- Selected technical exercises for dexterity (eg. Hanon, Czerny, Cramer).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Demonstrate an increased awareness of your current level and future practice goals
- Practice the piano with increased efficiency and enjoyment
- Receive advice on a suitable level of course to join our main programme of workshops.

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

- You should be of an approximate grade 2-5 standard and have had regular piano tuition in the past.
- You will need to bring a piece that you have started to (re)learn and can play in part to work on in class practice sessions.
- You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.

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

- Tutor presentation and explanation, including handouts
- Class discussion and debate
- Supervised practice sessions with individual advice from the tutor
- Students should aim to practice minimum 20 mins/ 6 days per week.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a notebook and pen and at least two pieces of music to practice.
You may like to look at some recommended exercises in advance. If so, please use the following link:

Passagenübungen (Czerny) [External website].

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

This course will prepare you to join a Piano/keyboards or Piano workshop class during a subsequent term. Your tutor advise which level would suit you once you have settled back into a regular practice routine.

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 could also make an appointment for one of our advice sessions where we can hear you play and help you choose a course.

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.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

It's a good way to see if you want to go back to playing the piano.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 01/12/2019)
Highly recommended for anyone who has played piano in the past (40 years ago in my case) and wants to get back into playing in a friendly and supportive environment. The course covers many different aspects of piano playing, music theory and general musicianship. In particular I was pleased that it covered playing by ear, improvising, playing duets and as a group as well as individual practice & advice.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Gisela Meyer Tutor Website

Gisela is a multi-skilled musician: She works as a pianist, piano accompanist, classical soprano, cellist and teacher. Following undergraduate studies in Frankfurt-am-Main and a postgraduate diploma (piano) in Weimar, Gisela obtained a MMus in Accompaniment at the Guildhall School for Music and Drama. She has also studied singing privately with Jessica Cash, focussing primarily on oratorio and art songs. Gisela performs regularly in recitals as a soloist (as pianist or singer) and also sings and plays in a variety of chamber ensembles. In her freelance work she accompanies concerts, exams and recitals for professionals, students of various music colleges and Grade exam canditates. She is a consultant for Islington Sixth Form college, with her roles ranging from acoompaniment and teaching to the conducting of exams and auditions. Gisela has worked for City Lit since 2001, as accompanist and tutor. Presently, she teaches Piano, Singing and Chamber music (Level 2 and Advanced).

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.

Book your place

Course Code: ME804B

Please choose a course date 

Sun, day, 08 Mar - 29 Mar '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £79.00
Concession: £48.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2630

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