Musicianship for string players
Time: 18:15 - 20:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Course Code: MG426B
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 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 string playing, which will help you to apply your understanding of music theory to playing your instrument.
What will we cover?
* Major and minor key signatures up to 3 sharps and flats
* Counting in simple and compound time signatures
* Basic and more complex rhythmic structures
* Fingering positions for different keys (including position work)
* Enharmonic equivalents and chromatic notes.
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
* Understand enharmonic equivalents and chromatic notes
* Play as part of a group.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for string players (violin, viola, cello) who have played for around two years and can read music fluently.
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, repertoire 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 your instrument, and 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?
You may also be interested in Violin and viola 3, 4, 5 or advanced; Cello: intermediate or advanced, String ensemble, String winter school / Easter school / summer school, Chamber music 1 or 2, Orchestra workshop, or further Musicianship and Music Theory courses.
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.