String winter school

Course Dates: 13/12/19 - 14/12/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Robert Puzey

Learn technique, repertoire and ensemble skills for all orchestral strings. Develop your confidence and make new string friends. For players at grade 3 or above. Repertoire: tbc.


What is the course about?

String School is a fun and social way to consolidate and develop further your playing technique, explore new repertoire, play in large and small ensembles and improve your music reading and sight-reading. This two-session course aims to build your confidence and introduce you to new techniques and styles of music.
Music will be sent out c.2 weeks before the course, to all enrolled students.

What will we cover?

- Tips and tricks for reading music faster and improving your sight-reading
- Playing in ensembles: how to listen, count, and follow a conductor and other players.

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

- play better in tune
- sight-read more quickly and accurately
- play your instrument with increased confidence.

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

This course is for orchestral string players at Grade 3 level and above who have some confidence with music reading. You should be keen to learn new techniques and repertoire.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions and explanations in English, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

- Explanations and demonstrations from the tutor
- Group playing of solo and ensemble repertoire
- Some individual playing
- Playing with the whole ensemble and with smaller groups
- Feedback from your tutor and peers
- Critique of your own and others’ playing.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring your instrument, pencil and eraser. Musical resources will be provide by the tutor, and sent to all enrolled students before the course starts.

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

You may also be interested in our regular weekly courses: String ensemble, Chamber music, and/or workshops for Violin and viola and Cello> (all levels up to advanced). There are also regular intensive Orchestra workshops.
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.


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A wonderful way to improve your sight reading and ensemble playing, following a conductor. I really enjoyed playing with other string players. Some of the music was more challenging but this was good and we had a chance to play Baroque, Romantic and a lilting contemporary waltz. A good way to meet like - minded people and make friends.
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Review by Val / (Posted on 12/12/2018)
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Course Code: ME144A

Fri-Sat, day, 13 Dec - 14 Dec '19

Duration: 2 sessions

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £69.00
Concession: £42.00

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