Piano workshop 3

Course Dates: 15/09/20 - 01/12/20
Time: 13:15 - 15:15
Location: Online
Chryssa Kasma

If you play piano at around grade 3 standard, join one of our workshops to develop your technique and musicianship while building up your repertoire of pieces. This is an online course, please see below for details.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

You will work on establishing good technical foundations for your playing as well as developing strong practice strategies to enable you to study more independently. You will be encouraged to develop your critical listening skills to achieve greater confidence. This workshop is taught in a friendly and supportive environment with each student playing in turn. The maximum number of pianists per class is 12 and students usually stay at this level for at least three terms.

**There may be other classes at this same level taught by different tutors: please check the drop-down menu for other course dates/times

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.

This is a live online face-to-face course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- The choice of repertoire will be discussed at the first class - usually two collections of pieces to choose from, supplemented by material written by the tutor
- Technical problems, style and performance skills will be discussed
- There may be some opportunity to play duets
- Students will be encouraged to make up their own technical exercises, to harmonise simple melodies, and to sight-read
- Co-ordination between hands, rhythm and pulse and establishing sound dynamic control
- Practice strategies.
- Course repertoire will be of a grade 3 standard (and increase in complexity with tutor guidance)
- Scales: C, G, F, D and A majors and A, E, D and B minors (harmonic and melodic, 2 octave hands together).
- Arpeggios in the same keys as scales (2 octaves hands separately).

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 selected repertoire
- Recognise and explain perfect cadences
- Shape phrases and play expressively using contrasting and gradual dynamics
- Perform 3 major scales and 3 minor scales suitable for the level
- Play using finger and wrist staccato
- Play using direct and legato pedalling.

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

Students should have completed a City Lit Piano/keyboards 3 or its equivalent, be reasonably fluent in simple major and minor keys, have an understanding of simple and compound time and some knowledge of triads, inversions and cadences to a confident Grade 3 standard. The ability to learn music independently is useful at this level and you need to be confident to have a go playing in front of other students.
You also need to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.

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

This is an online course you will need your own piano (acoustic or digital) with 88 full-sized keys, a copy of the course repertoire-books (see below) and a computer or tablet with a webcam, microphone and reliable internet connection to take this class.
We use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit any homework tasks. We use video software to meet for classes via webcam (ZOOM or GOOGLE MEETS).
Classes are taught through tutor explanation and demonstration, and playing/listening workshop style on an acoustic piano. Sessions will also include aural skills and theoretical study
A regular practice routine is essential to progress on this course.

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). Music 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.
Books for this course are as follows: Up-Grade Grade 2-3 by Pam Wedgewood.

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

This course typically comprises of three terms spread across the academic year, after which you may continue to ‘Piano workshop 4’, or you may repeat the course to gain more experience at the same level.
You may also be interested in Music theory, Practical Musicianship or Music appreciation courses.


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Group lessons are a fun way for an adult to learn how to play the piano plus the tutor is excellent!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/06/2019)
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/03/2019)
Highly recommend it for anyone wanting to be stretched and challenged while being in a friendly supportive environment. Highly knowledgeable and competent teacher who is talented and inspirational.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 22/03/2019)
Go for it
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/03/2019)
Excellent tutor, encouraging and supportive.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/12/2018)
The standard of tutoring on this course is superb and highly motivating. Learning the piano in a group environment is informative and helpful.
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Review by Jan / (Posted on 02/12/2018)
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Book your place

Course Code: ME210A

Tue, day, 15 Sep - 01 Dec '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £183.00
Concession: £140.00

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.