Violin and viola 3A

Course Dates: 18/09/20 - 04/12/20
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: Online
Tutors:

This online course is for players who have been learning violin/viola for two to three years (playing at grade 2-3 standard), take the next step to learn vibrato, positions above 1st, and improved bow control. This course continues with Violin and viola 3B next term.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.

Description

What is the course about?

You will learn to play and read music in 3rd position. You will develop your musical and technical skills through a selection of repertoire, scales and exercises. There will be an exploration of how your body works in playing. You will gain experience of playing independent lines in a group situation online.
This is the first module of a full-year course.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Shifting between 1st and 3rd positions
- Use the bow with greater skill and control
- Introduction to vibrato
- Understand major and minor (harmonic and melodic) scale patterns including scales in 3rd position
- Have confidence to join an elementary orchestra or chamber music group.
- Work on individual problems.

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

- Play with some confidence with a pleasant tone and good bow control
- Tune your instrument using an aid (e.g. tuner, piano)
- Play with the group and on your own
- Hold an independent line of music in rounds and songs
- Play selected major and minor scales and arpeggios
- Play music in the keys of your scales
- Read and improvise simple tunes and rhythms.

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

The course starts at Grade 2 level. You will need the ability to read musical notation and a fluent knowledge of 1st position. You will need 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?

The tutor will direct the group, playing along with the whole class (either with the students' line or an accompaniment) or listening to individuals play. There will be demonstration and occasional use of recording. We will use printed music principally, with some playing by ear. Individual practice in-between sessions 4 or 5 times a week of at least 30 minutes will ensure your progress.

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

Please bring your own violin or viola kit. Also bring pen, pencil, eraser, notepad and manuscript paper. A folder for handouts and your notes is also useful. We will use up to 3 textbooks during the year costing £5 to £15 each; the tutor will advise what these are at the first session. These will be used throughout the year.

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

This course leads to Violin and viola 3B. You may also be interested in String ensemble or String winter school to develop your ensemble, sight-reading and intonation and enjoy a wider range of musical repertoire.
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.

To find out more about music history classes and to read our year-long selection of courses, please see the blog post 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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I started learning Violin with City Lit from year 1 and I am now in year 3. I really enjoyed the lesson, The tutor is not only an experience teacher, their lessons are enjoyable. There are options for students who wish to learn as hobby or take the ABRSM exam. For an adult who has not studied music at my primary years, being able to learn now in a relaxing environment and a chance to do exam, I felt really pleased that I have achieved something for myself. I am learning and I will continue to learn.
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Review by Syl / (Posted on 23/11/2019)
I've been going to City Lit for 18 months. Not planning to stop any time soon. I'm very happy with the quality of the teaching
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Robert Puzey

Robert Puzey has enjoyed a varied career teaching and freelancing on violin and viola in London and the South East. He plays with (and jointly runs) The Oberon String Quartet which provides music for weddings and other functions. His teaching includes schools in north London and work with adult string players at City Lit. He also plays chamber music with the Max Bruch Trio. Other playing in recent years has included concerto appearances on both violin and viola, as well as work with the Orchestra of St John's, London Gala and Brighton Philharmonic Orchestras. His further activity with amateur musicians has included leading The Chamber Orchestra, a string orchestra based in central London. He is now incorporating more conducting for string courses at City Lit and also for an amateur string orchestra in north west London, along with Saturday workshops in north London. At City Lit he teaches Violin and viola classes from beginners to advanced, Chamber music, regular intensive String Schools, and is Principal violin for Orchestra workshops.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: ME117A

Fri, eve, 18 Sep - 04 Dec '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £189.00
Concession: £115.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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

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