What is the course about?
This workshop-style class will introduce you to working with an acoustic piano in a group situation. Achieve greater confidence in co-ordination of hands, rhythmical work and a range of dynamics. Improve your musicianship, and aural awareness. You will extend your theoretical knowledge in order to fully understand the pieces being studied. This course is taught in a friendly and supportive environment. Tutor: Chryssa Kasma.
What will we cover?
- Developing dynamic range
- Developing co-ordination skills in variety of articulations i.e. play one hand legato and one staccato.
- Duet playing
- Technical problems, style and performance skills will be discussed
- Develop practice strategies
- Performance anxiety and coping strategies.
- Learning pieces in a variety of styles, both Classical and popular.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform at least 3 pieces on the piano from the class repertoire
- Be able to use gradual dynamics
- Perform 4 major scales and 4 minor scales suitable for the level
- Understand the skills required for effective duet playing
- Organising practice time.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have completed a City Lit Level 3 piano/keyboard class or its equivalent as this course has an entry level of approx. Grade 3 ABRSM, building to a much more confident Grade 3 standard by your third module 3. You will need 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. You could also drop in to one of our advice sessions where we can hear you play and help you choose the right course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes will comprise playing/listening workshop style on an acoustic piano and in individual practice rooms, and tutor explanation and demonstration. Sessions will also include aural skills, duet playing – a fun way of developing listening and rhythm skills - and theoretical study.
Students are required to practise a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students should have access to a keyboard or piano for practice between classes plus material; one or two printed books as decided by the students (approx. cost £10 each).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We recommend three modules of study at Transition B level. After three modules have been completed your teacher will advise you to move to Piano workshop 3.
You may also be interested in Music theory, Practical Musicianship or Music appreciation courses.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details