What is the course about?
Acquire a more solid technique and explore a wider repertoire at approximately grade 6 standard. Emphasis will be given to improving legato playing, quality of tone, tonal balance between hands as well as between voices in one hand. A regular practise routine is essential to develop at this level.
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 and of studies at an approximate grade 6 standard (directed by the tutor)
- You may also include a piece of your own choice in agreement with your tutor.
- Technical problems, style, and performance skills will be discussed.
- Scales: all major scales from level 5 plus Aflat and Dflat and A, B, C, D, E, F, and G minors (harmonic & melodic, 3 octaves, hands together)
- Arpeggios in the same keys (2 octaves, hands together).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform contrasting hand movements with a variety of articulation.
- Make informed pedalling decisions
- Decipher ornaments and implement them smoothly
- Maintain the same pulse with a change of note value
- Recognise sequences
- Be able to voice chords
- demonstrate your understanding of texture.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For this workshop you must be ready to study repertoire at a grade 6 standard.
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?
Each member will be individually coached, workshop style in front of the class. You will be asked to comment on each others performances and on musical styles and textures. Involvement through attentive listening and practical illustration is also encouraged.
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 7’, or you may repeat the course to gain more experience.
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.