Musicianship for keyboard players: introduction
Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: MG428B
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
Improve your knowledge of rhythm, key signatures, time signatures and accidentals. This course will cover a range of theory and musicianship topics in relation to piano playing, which will help you to apply your understanding of music theory to your playing.
What will we cover?
- Major and minor key signatures up to 2 sharps and flats
- Counting in simple and compound time signatures
- Basic and more complex rhythmic structures, including triplets
- Broken chord patterns.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Tackle a range of complex rhythms and time signatures with confidence
- Relate hand positions to key signatures
- Recognise broken chord patterns readily
- Play as part of a group.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is ideal for piano/keyboard students who have been learning for two years and who can play pieces of a grade1 standard or higher. The course covers selected topics from the Grade 1 ABRSM theory syllabus and some other topics suitable for pianists from the ABRSM Grade 2 syllabus.
As a suitable guide, you should be able to play this piece [click for pdf download] after just a few hours practice.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through a combination of musicianship exercises, scales and technical work. There will also be short repertoire studies and ensemble playing. Classes will consist of tutor explanation and demonstration, group work (including some work in smaller groups). The session will also include written and practical theory exercises and some ensemble playing.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring a pencil and rubber. Music and all other teaching materials will be provided by the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
If you are interested in City Lit piano classes, please take a moment to read our blog: Choosing a piano class at City lit which lists our full sequence of piano classes. You could also drop in to one of our advice sessions where we can hear you play and help you choose the right course.
For further courses in 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.
Polly is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer, musical director and conductor who has been an adult education tutor since 2009. She enjoys the challenge and exchange of ideas and energy that adult education provides-both as a tutor and as a student. Polly's work also includes live performances and session work in many genres and venues in London and the South East, e.g. playing cello with Clerkenwell String Quartet, piano for Associated Board exams, singing at weddings and parties, and playing in orchestras and ensembles. As a cellist she has appeared on BBC TV's Top of the Pop and on a number of albums. She has also played in lots of pop bands and, after attending a City Lit jazz piano course, she started playing jazz and blues piano too. Polly composes music for radio, for theatre productions and library music for BBC Radio 3, 4 and the World Service and for television around the world. Her study to PhD level at Goldsmiths College opened up the world of Dada and John Cage and conceptual and performance art. Consequently she has sung Dada masterpieces such as "Ursonata" as well as her own compositions at contemporary music festivals such as The Brighton Festival.
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.