Piano workshop 4

Course Dates: 16/01/20 - 02/04/20
Time: 13:45 - 15:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Chryssa Kasma

If you play piano at around grade 4 standard, join one of our workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with a focus on technique, practice and performance skills.


What is the course about?

Acquire a more solid technique and gain confidence across a wider repertoire in this workshop class with regular individual feedback. Emphasis is given to improving legato playing and quality of ‘singing tone’ as well as balance between hands.

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.

What will we cover?

- Repertoire will include pieces by two/three different composers and a selection of studies approaching grade 4 standard.
- Technical problems, style and performance skills will be discussed
- There will some sight reading pieces
- There may be the opportunity to play duets.
- Scales: C, G, F, D, A, E and B majors and A, E, D, B, C and F minors (harmonic and melodic, 2 octaves hands together).
- Arpeggios in the same keys (1 octave hands together, 2 octaves hands separately).

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

- Recognise and play perfect, imperfect and interrupted cadences
- Recognise and understand modulation
- Make decisions about the shaping of phrases
- Perform ornaments clearly and smoothly
- Co-ordinate pedalling smoothly with playing.

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

For this workshop you must be ready to study repertoire approaching grade 4 standard.
The ability to learn repertoire independently is essential.
You will also need to be comfortable playing in front of others on a regular basis.
You 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?

Classes are taught through individual performances, group work, pair work, tutor demonstration, constructive criticism and discussion. A regular practice routine is essential.

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

Students should have access to a piano (acoustic or digital) for practice between classes and budget approximately £15 per term for scores. 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. Suitable scores may also be available from http://imslp.org/.

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

This course comprises of three terms spread across the academic year, after which you may continue to ‘Piano workshop 5’, 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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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/06/2019)
Amazing quality of teaching
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Review by Lou burrows / (Posted on 20/06/2019)
I recommend City Lit to all my friends!
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Review by Judith Relf / (Posted on 21/03/2019)
I wasn't sure how group lessons would work but I have found it to be a very supportive and enjoyable environment in which to study piano.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/03/2019)
The teaching is excellent and being part of a group allows us to interactively benefit from the experiences of others.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
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Book your place

Course Code: ME209B

Please choose a course date 

Thu, day, 16 Jan - 02 Apr '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

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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.