Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME218A
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This third year of our piano programme uses repertoire of a grade 1 standard and moves towards new grade 2 work over the course of three terms. You will achieve greater confidence, fluency and control of the keyboard. You will also improve general musicianship, keyboard harmony skills and aural awareness, as well as extending your theoretical knowledge. The course is taught in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and continues with Piano/keyboards 2B.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Level 2 course repertoire will work towards an approximate grade 2 standard over the year. The choice of repertoire will be discussed at the first meeting (you will be asked to purchase your own music)
- Technical problems, style and performance skills will be discussed
- There may be some opportunity to play duets and ensemble exercises
- Devise and master technical exercises, harmonise simple melodies, and sight-read
- Developing greater co-ordination between hands, rhythm/pulse and establishing reliable dynamic control
- Chord inversions plus chord VI.
- Scales (over the whole year): C, G, F and D majors and A, E and D minors (harmonic and melodic, one octave hands together, two octaves hands separately).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Play and recognise I, IV and V chords in major and minor keys
- Play 3 major and 1 minor scales and arpeggios 1 octave hands separately
- Play and recognise different forte and piano dynamics
- Play with finger staccato
- Play melodic lines with reliable legato technique
- Play rhythms with quavers
- Play simple tunes hands together with reliable co-ordination and fluency.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students need to be able to play a grade 1 standard piece, or have completed ‘Piano/keyboards 1F’, as this course works towards material of an approximate grade 2 standard. You need to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
If you need any further advice please take a moment to read our blog: Choosing a piano class at City lit which lists our full sequence of piano classes and you can always contact the music department directly - email@example.com.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
For this online course you will need your own piano (or keyboard) with 88 full-sized keys, a copy of the course text-book (see below) and a computer or tablet with a webcam, microphone and reliable internet connection.
We use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit any homework tasks.
We use ZOOM (video software) to meet for weekly classes via webcam.
Your tutor will teach though a variety of techniques:
- tutor explanation and demonstration via webcam
- short revision videos and audio files (posted in Google Classroom)
- worksheets (posted in Google Classroom)
- group playing and individual demonstration tasks
Sessions will also include aural skills and theoretical study as appropriate.
To make good progress a regular practice routine is essential. We recommend 20-30 mins daily.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A notebook and pencil are useful for this class and students should have access to a keyboard or piano for practice between classes plus material, usually one or two printed books (approx. cost £10 each).
Course books for this term are as follows; Piano Adventures Lesson book - 3b and Piano Adventures Technique and Artistry - 3b both from Faber music.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to ‘Piano/keyboards level 2B’.
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.
Greek pianist Nikos Stavlas studied at the National Conservatory of Thessaloniki (Diploma and First Prize, 2003), at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki (BMus with distinction, 2005) and at the Royal College of Music with Yonty Solomon and Kathron Sturrock (Masters Degree with distinction, 2007), financially supported both by the Greek State Scholarship Foundation and by the RCM itself. He holds a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London (supervised by Andrew Zolinsky and Keith Potter) on Ludwig van, a film and a musical composition dedicated to Beethoven by the Argentinian composer Mauricio Kagel. He has appeared several times as a soloist with orchestras in Greece, Albania and the UK, and has given solo and chamber music recitals in Greece, Albania, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the USA and the UK, most notably at the Southbank centre, St John's Smith Square and the Wigmore Hall. He has recorded live for BBC radio 3 and Catalunya música. He is a member of the Vladimir & Estragon Piano Duo, the Oiseaux Bizarres ensemble and the Ciklus ensemble. He is a keen performer of both classical and contemporary music, and also likes to explore rarely performed repertoire.
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.