Piano/keyboards 3A

Course Dates: 16/09/21 - 02/12/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
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This fourth year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 2 standard. Improve your hand co-ordination, musical phrasing, reading and finger technique, and improve your confidence.
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: ME245A

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Started Thu, eve, 16 Sep - 02 Dec '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

Working with grade 2 standard repertoire at first, you will achieve greater confidence in co-ordination of hands, rhythmical work and a range of dynamics. Improve your musicianship, keyboard harmony skills and aural awareness. You will extend your theoretical knowledge in order to fully understand the pieces you are playing and as the course progresses you will begin to encounter some elements of the grade 3 syllabus. You need access to a full-sized keyboard or piano for lessons and practice.
This course continues to Piano/keyboards 3B.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Developing dynamic range
- Developing co-ordination skills in variety of articulations i.e. play one hand legato and one staccato
- Technical problems, style and performance skills will be discussed
- Develop practice strategies.
- Repertoire will work from grade 2 towards an approximate grade 3 standard (over the course of the whole year)
- Scales (over the whole year): C, G, F, D and A majors and A, E, D and B minors (harmonic and melodic, 2 octaves, hands together).
- Arpeggios in the same keys (2 octaves, hands separately).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Perform at least 3 pieces on the piano from the class repertoire
- Be able to use gradual dynamics
- Perform 4 major scales and 3 minor scales suitable for the level
- Play using staccato in one hand and legato in the other
- Develop technical exercises to deal with a number of technical problems.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Students should have completed City Lit Piano/keyboards 2 or have equivalent experience as this course draws on material of an approximate Grade 2/3 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 - music@citylit.ac.uk.

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 20-30 minutes, 4-5 times per week.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Repertoire for autumn 2021:
- Piano adventures level 3b, Lesson book and Technique and artistry

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 as listed above (approx. cost £10 each).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course leads to ‘Piano/keyboards 3B’.
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.

Nikos Stavlas Tutor Website

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.