What is the course about?
You will develop the techniques of violin/viola playing at an intermediate level online.
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?
- Improving sound quality by developing basic bow strokes
- Study of 2nd and 4th positions
- Vibrato (starting or developing)
- Listening skills for ensemble playing
- Aural awareness (especially of intervals for tuning and note finding).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use vibrato where appropriate
- Read notation and play pieces in 2nd position
- Read notation and play pieces in 4th position
- Move between left hand positions
- Employ a variety of bowing techniques
- Understand elements of music theory relevant to violin/viola playing
- Work on individual problems
- Scales and arpeggios based on the Grade 4 syllabus.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need a playing standard of approximately Grade 3-4 and you should be able to tune your instrument independently and read music. You should be fluent in 1st and 3rd positions and familiar with major and minor scales in 2 octaves with slurred and separate bowing patterns. 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. We will use sheet music made available online, some pre-recorded accompaniment and very simple playing by ear.
A regular practise routine is essential to make progress you will need to practise regularly outside class (ideally at least 30 minutes 4/5 times per week).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need your own violin or viola and accessories. You will need: pen, pencil, eraser, notepad and manuscript paper and a folder for handouts and your notes is useful. We will use up to 3 textbooks during the year costing about £5 to £15 each.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course progresses to Violin and viola 4B.
There are opportunities for developing ensemble skills further in String ensemble, String winter / Easter / summer school, Chamber music 1 and 2, and Orchestra workshop.
City Lit also offers a wide range of Music theory, Musicianship and Music history courses that support your practical music study.