What is the course about?
Acquire a deeper understanding of the stylistic interpretation of a wide range of piano repertoire. Emphasis will be placed on improving technique, tone production, pedalling technique and a rhythm/pulse co-ordination.
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.
**There may be other classes at this same level taught by different tutors: please check the drop-down menu for other course dates/times.
What will we cover?
- Repertoire for this module draws on music and studies of a grade 7 standard (the tutor will specify a selection)
- You may also include works of your own choice
- Technical problems, style and performance skills will be discussed
- Scales: all major scales from level 6 plus Gflat/Fsharp and all minor scales from level 6 plus Csharp and Gsharp (harmonic and melodic, 3 octaves, hands together).
- Arpeggios in the same keys (3 octaves hands together).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Produce layered texture of 2-3 voices
- Demonstrate increased fluency and rhythm/pulse co-ordination
- Develop your technique further to cope with more advanced repertoire
- Demonstrate an improved tone quality
- Display a subtle pedalling technique
- Play a legato chord sequence
- Analyse and define harmonic progression with use of dynamics.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You are a playing standard approaching grade 7 or equivalent. 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 within a workshop environment. Class members are encouraged to engage in performances through attentive listening, discussion and practical illustration.
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 across the academic year, after which you may move on to ‘Piano workshop 8’, or you may repeat the course to gain more experience. Your tutor will advise you.
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.