What is the course about?
You will acquire a more solid technique and gain confidence across a wider repertoire. Emphasis will be 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?
- The choice of repertoire will include two - three composers and a selection of studies
- Technical problems, style and performance skills will be discussed
- There will some sight reading pieces
- There may be opportunity to play duets.
- Course repertoire will be of a grade 3/4 standard (increasing in complexity with tutor guidance)
- Scales: C, G, F, D, A, E and B majors; A, E, D, B, C and F minors (harmonic and melodic, 2 octave hands together). Arpeggios in those 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?
Students will require an approx standard of Grade 4. You will need 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?
You will be taught through individual performances, group work, pair work, tutor demonstration, constructive criticism and discussion. You will be expected to practice at least 50 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. Approximately £15 per term for music being studied. It is often possible to borrow from public libraries.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
After completing three modules of this Level 4 workshop, the next level is: Piano workshop 5
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