Piano: return to playing

Course Dates: 15/01/20 - 01/04/20
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Gary Preston

Did you once play the piano? Would you like to return to playing in a friendly and supportive class? This course

will help you refresh your dormant skills and whet your appetite to go further.


What is the course about?

This mixed-level course is intended for pianists Grade 2-5 who are returning to playing after a long break but who are unsure of their standard. Taught in a digital piano suite (one keyboard per student), you will receive individual help on a piece of your choice during supervised practice sessions and enjoy group activities to refresh your knowledge of notation and piano technique.

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).

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
- Receive advice on your level 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 exercises in advance. If so, please use the following links:

The virtuoso pianist (Hanon) [External website]
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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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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Book your place

Course Code: ME802B

Please choose a course date 

Wed, day, 15 Jan - 01 Apr '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £239.00
Senior fee: £191.00
Concession: £146.00

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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