10% off all courses this cyber weekend. Enter code CYBER2020 at checkout

Discount only valid on courses between £99 and £500 inclusive. Discount ends Monday 30 November 2020 at midnight.
See full terms and conditions

Piano workshop 8

Course Dates: 12/01/21 - 23/03/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
Chryssa Kasma

If you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these online workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, learning to make your own stylistic and interpretive decision under your tutor's guidance. Break week 16th February 2021.

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 rhythm/pulse co-ordination.

If you are unsure which course is best for you, please contact the music department for further advice where our teachers will help you select a class at the right level. (music@citylit.ac.uk)

**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?

- The choice of repertoire will usually include two - three composers per term
- Advanced technical and stylistic topics.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Show an improved stylistic awareness
- Demonstrate developed fluency of rhythm and pulse co-ordination
- Demonstrate your technique further to approach more advanced repertoire
- Demonstrate an improved tone quality
- Display a subtle pedalling technique
- Make independent decisions in regards to pedalling, ornaments and articulation
- Produce layered texture of 2-3 voices.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You will have a playing standard approaching grade 8 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 (acoustic or digital) with 88 full-sized keys, a copy of the 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: Schumann's Kinderszenen Op. 15 and Waldszenen Op. 82.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may continue in Piano workshop 8 for as long as you wish. When you are ready, you may then progress to ‘Piano repertoire’ or ‘Piano: advanced workshop’. Your tutor will advise you.

You may also be interested in Music theory (all levels to Grade 8), Musicianship (e.g. Keyboard harmony & improvisation) or one of City Lit's wide range of Music history courses, including courses specifically on piano and keyboard music.


Customer Reviews 8 item(s)

Write a review

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.

Playing piano can be a lonely activity so this course is brilliant - you develop your playing withn a group, gain confidence to play in front of others and learn as much from listening to fellow students as from playing yourself. And because we play a different composer each term, with each student choosing a different piece, you learn about how to approach that composer's work. The tutor is a great teacher.
Course Rating
Review by anonymous / (Posted on 11/03/2020)
Course Rating
Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/03/2020)
An opportunity to improve you piano skills and get used to playing in front of other people.
Course Rating
Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/11/2019)
Must be prepared to practice regularly and play in front of people
Course Rating
Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/11/2019)
This is a brilliant course. You learn both through your own playing and through hearing others play, The tutors is a fantastic teacher and the course helps you to develop confidence and understanding of how to approach a particular composer's works. Highly recommended.
Course Rating
Review by anonomous / (Posted on 13/11/2019)
Must do practice regularly
Course Rating
Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/03/2019)
The group is supportive and we learn from each other as well as from the tutor
Course Rating
Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/11/2018)
This is an expertly taught piano class. It is a supportive environment in which to improve one’s technique, knowledge of the piano repertoire, and develop performance skills.
Course Rating
Review by Vicky / (Posted on 14/11/2018)
Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: ME252B

Please choose a course date 

Tue, day, 12 Jan - 23 Mar '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £239.00
Senior fee: £191.00
Concession: £146.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2630

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.