Time: 08:15 - 09:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: ME285C
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
In this module you will work on grade 2 standard repertoire. 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.
You need access to a full-sized keyboard or piano for lessons and practice.
This course continues with Piano/keyboards 3A.
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 is at an approximate grade 2 standard by this term and the choice of repertoire will be discussed at the first meeting
- Technical problems, style and performance skills will be discussed
- Opportunity to play duets
- Devise and master technical exercises, harmonise simple melodies, and sight-read
- Developing greater co-ordination between hands, rhythm and pulse and establishing reliable dynamic control
- Chord inversions plus chord VI.
- Scales (over the course of Level 2 modules): C, G, F and D majors and A, E and D minors (harmonic and melodic, one octave hands together, two octaves hands separately).
- Arpeggios in those keys (1 octave hands separately).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- play and recognise basic I, IV and V chords in major keys
- play 4 major and 3 minor scales and arpeggios 1 octave hands separately
- play and recognise gradations in 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 have been playing for two years or have completed ‘Piano level 2B’ as this course draws on material of Grade 2 standard. You will need 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Please check carefully whether you are booking an online or an in-person course. Online runs via Zoom; in-person uses the digital piano classroom. All courses use Google Classroom to share materials and messages, including any homework tasks.
You will learn through:
- tutor explanation and demonstration
- group playing and individual demonstration tasks
To make good progress a regular practice routine is essential. We recommend a minimum of 30 minutes, 4-5 times per week.
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).
Books for this course:
Encore 1 (ABRMS Grades 1-2 pieces) [external link]
Dozen a Day Book 3 [external link]
These are available from a wide range of suppliers.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Piano/keyboards 3A
Please note: we have multiple courses at different times throughout the week.
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.
Early signs of musical activity indicated David’s future path, and after taking grades on both piano and viola, he obtained a first-class honours degree in music at Leeds University, studying both instruments. He subsequently completed a postgraduate jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying piano with Simon Purcell, where he obtained an LGSM. He obtained an MMus in composition with Merit at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, with support from the Trinity College London scholarship, studying with Deirdre Gribbin, Gwyn Pritchard and Paul Newland. David is passionate about teaching, and teaches adult piano students at City Lit, as well as piano to individuals in his private practice and to young learners for Richmond Music Trust. He also performs from time to time as a jazz and classical pianist and undertakes practical music examining work for ABRSM jazz and classical syllabuses both in the UK and abroad. David also enjoys playing chamber music on viola.
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.