Piano: return to playing

Course Dates: 11/07/20 - 08/08/20
Time: 13:00 - 15:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Did you once play the piano? Would you like to return to playing in a friendly and supportive class? This short online 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 online via webcam, 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 (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
- Follow examples in the resources booklet and study a piece of your own choice
- 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 learn from our practiec booklet and can play in part to work on during online study 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.

Please download our " target="_blank"> resources booklet and prepare a piece of your choice to play at the first session. You may wish to play just an extract of one of these pieces. This booklet is comprised of copyright-free music from IMSLP.org.

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

This course will prepare you to join a Piano/keyboards or Piano workshop class in September. Your tutor advise which level would suit you.
You may also be interested in courses in Keyboard harmony, Keyboard improvisation, practical musicianship, music theory or music appreciation. Please check the course guide or contact the music department for advice.


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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.

If you have ever wanted to get back to the piano- please go on this course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/03/2020)
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
Ana Claudia Magalhaes

Ana Claudia Magalhaes is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a degree in Music (main instrument Piano) at the School of Music of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She also attended for many years, the piano class of Gloria Maria da Fonseca Costa, a former pupil of Alexander Siloti. Gloria Maria was a major influence and inspiration in Ana's piano studies. Ana came to London in 1996, where she took the Post Graduate and MA degree in Music Teaching at the Professional Practice at the University of Reading. She has a passion for teaching, individually and in groups, from beginners to advanced, children and adults and she enjoys adapting her teaching according to the main needs of her students/classes. Although her main Musical Education was Classical, Ana has also developed the ability to improvise and play by ear since her teens when playing in bands with her youth friends and she thinks this freedom was very important for her formation as a musician. Ana plays solo but she also enjoys mainly playing chamber music, accompanied by other people. She has combined teaching and performing since she lived in Brazil.

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: ME945

Sat, day, 11 Jul - 08 Aug '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £109.00
Senior fee: £87.00
Concession: £66.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.