What is the course about?
Play a wider repertoire and improve your technique. Emphasis is given to developing technical skills, understanding of the structure of pieces, developing ability to shape phrases and extending dynamic range.
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 at a standard approaching grade 5 (increasing in complexity with tutor guidance)
- Technical problems, style and performance skills will be discussed
- There will some sight reading pieces
- There may be opportunity to play duets.
- Scales: all major scales starting on white keys plus Bflat and Eflat majors and A, B, C, D, E, F and G minors (harmonic and melodic, three Octaves, hands together)
- Arpeggios in the same keys (two Octaves.
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
- Extend your range of techniques
- Demonstrate increased dynamic range
- Use the sustain pedal.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For this workshop you must be ready to study repertoire at approaching grade 5 standard.
You need to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage.
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. 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 6’, or you may repeat the course to gain more experience at the same level.
You may wish to support your learning through a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns. For more details about musicianship and music theory please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.
You may also be interested in music history classes. Please click this link: Music history: your guide to the 2019/20 programme which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.