Violin and viola advanced: workshop
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: ME119B
Available start dates
Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will help you improve your technique and listening skills for both solo and ensemble playing. It covers a wide range of repertoire and develops your interpretive skills as well.
What will we cover?
- Relaxed posture and movement for efficient playing
- Improving your tone quality and intonation
- Position work in 2nd, 4th and higher positions
- Bow control and distribution to execute a variety of legato and staccato articulations
- Interpretation of music in a variety of styles.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Change position confidently and securely
- Understand how to select good fingering
- Use vibrato tastefully to create a warmer tone
- Use the bow effectively for a variety of articulations
- Play with sensitivity to different styles
- Play solo and in ensemble with confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for those who have been playing for at least five years, and who are at Grade 5 standard or above. You should have a secure basic technique, and be fluent playing and reading music in 1st and 3rd position and have some knowledge of 2nd and 4th positions. 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?
Tutor explanation and demonstration, group and individual playing and feedback. We discuss technical points and try them out either as a group or individually. You will benefit most if you can practise and play at home 4 or 5 times a week for at least 50 minutes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your own violin or viola kit (including bow, rosin and shoulder rest), plus pen, pencil, eraser and notepad. You will need to purchase some music (which will be used over the three terms of this advanced course). Other materials will be provided by the tutor via Google Classroom, including notation in treble clef for viola music / alto clef for violin music
Violin ABRSM Violin Grade 6 Pieces and Scales/Arpeggios
Viola ABRSM More Time Pieces for Viola Book 2 (Grades 4-7)
See our guide on Where to buy music and instruments.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may also be interested in String Ensemble, String Winter/Easter/Summer School, or Chamber music.
You may wish to support your learning through a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns. For details please visit our post onMusicianship and music theory at City Lit.
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.