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 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.
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.
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?
This is an 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 to take this class.
We use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit any homework tasks. We use video software to meet for classes via webcam (ZOOM or GOOGLE MEETS).
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?
Repertoire fo this class: Impressionism: 21 Piano Pieces around Debussy (Schott)
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?
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), Practical 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.