Piano workshop 7

Course Dates: 14/01/21 - 18/03/21
Time: 16:30 - 18:30
Location: Online
Petros Moschos

If you play piano at around grade 7 standard, join one of these lively online workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with a focus on technique, tone production, pedalling and performance skills.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


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 contact the music department (music@citylit.ac.uk) where 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.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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?

For this online course you will need your own piano, be able to source your own copies of course repertoire-books (see below) and a computer or tablet with a webcam, microphone and reliable internet connection.
We use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit any homework tasks. We use ZOOM (video software) to meet for weekly classes via webcam.
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. Suitable scores may also be available from IMSLP
Repertoire for this term - Mendelssohn Songs without words;
Op.19 no. 1, 2, 4, 6
Op.30 no. 1, 3, 6
Op.38 no. 1, 4, 6
Op.53 no. 1, 4
Op.62 no. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
Op.67 no. 1, 3, 5
Op.85 no. 1, 4, 5
Op.102 no. 1, 2, 4, 6.

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.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

I have learnt new techniques and repertoire through this course. It is interesting and enjoyable if somewhat challenging but fun. Very much recommended
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 20/03/2020)
An inspiring course!
The workshop atmosphere is something quite unique: with the opportunity to learn from, and to give feedback to, other students.
I really appreciate the very focussed one-to-one support from the tutor.
Playing on a grand piano before an audience - at each weekly class, and also at end of term concerts - is always a hard challenge: but a great goal to work towards!
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Review by Mike / (Posted on 03/07/2019)
Excellent course which focuses on technical skills and improvement
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/06/2019)
This is a great course for piano players at around ABRSM grade 7! Tutor is full of encouraging support, and packs the sessions with detailed technical feedback. Class gives opportunity to play on a weekly basis to fellow students; and also to play in a performance type environment at end of term. Great to hear other students' pieces and good fun to meet up with colleagues who share similar interests in piano and music
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Review by Mike Perrott / (Posted on 12/12/2018)
Having always had individual lessons it is to me a new way of learning. It provides the opportunity to perform each week before the class which I struggle with but is one of the purposes of my attending a group class. The tutor provides invaluable positive and constructive feed back to each pupil
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Review by Lorna Grosse / (Posted on 10/12/2018)
The tutor is outstanding. When I first joined a piano workshop at the City Lit I was not sure how useful a group session would be, but I have found that I learn a lot from listening to others and the advice they receive, and the tutor manages to involve the whole class. I also enjoy the focus on a specific repertoire each term, and have discovered lots of music I would like to play.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 02/12/2018)
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Course Code: ME243B

Started Thu, day, 14 Jan - 18 Mar '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £121.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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