Piano/keyboards: exploring Grade 1 and 2 pieces
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
This online course offers an opportunity to consolidate your piano learning at a Grade 1 standard through study of selected pieces from the current ABRSM exam syllabus. There will be a focus on studying two contrasting pieces whilst maintaining good practice of scales and arpeggios, musicianship skills and sight-reading. You will need your own copy of the music (see section below).
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?
- Study of two contrasting pieces from the current ABRSM exam syllabus
- Legato technique
- Aural training with special attention to recognition of features such as dynamics as well as rhythm patterns.
- Sight-reading skills, developing the ability to identify patterns and continuity.
- Relaxation and finger strength technique.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand clearly the requirements of a grade 1 and 2 examination
- Identify and begin learning two pieces in contrasting styles
- Play with better legato and staccato technique
- Develop your musicianship so that you can identify time signatures by ear
- Demonstrate more accurate musical listening due to the work on aural training
- Consolidate your scale and arpeggio playing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students need to have been playing for one to two years or have completed Piano/keyboards 1C or Piano/keyboards 1D (or above) meaning that you are ready to approach music of ABRSM Grade 1 or 2 standard.
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) preferably 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 Zoom to meet for classes and GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit any homework tasks.
Your tutor will teach though a variety of techniques:
- tutor explanation and demonstration via webcam
- short revision videos and audio files
- group playing and individual demonstration tasks
Sessions will also include aural skills and theoretical study as appropriate.
You will need time to practise in between sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
To join this online class you will need a good internet connection and computer/tablet with webcam and sound. You will also need your own piano or keyboard at home for practice and use in the lesson.
You need access to a piano/keyboard between classes for practice (acoustic or digital piano).
For this course there are music books which you are asked to buy and bring to class. Please buy your own copy/copies of:
- Piano Grade 2 pieces 21-22 from the ABRSM
- Piano grade 1 pieces 21-22 from the ABRSM
you may buy both books if you would like to study pieces from either, or just one book if you prefer.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Your tutor can advise you about follow-on courses or 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. If you are interested in further 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.
For further courses in musicianship and music theory please click: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.
You may also be interested in music history classes. Please click this link: Music history courses in London and online which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.
Ana Claudia Magalhaes is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a degree in Music (main instrument Piano) at the School of Music of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She also attended for many years, the piano class of Gloria Maria da Fonseca Costa, a former pupil of Alexander Siloti. Gloria Maria was a major influence and inspiration in Ana's piano studies. Ana came to London in 1996, where she took the Post Graduate and MA degree in Music Teaching at the Professional Practice at the University of Reading. She has a passion for teaching, individually and in groups, from beginners to advanced, children and adults and she enjoys adapting her teaching according to the main needs of her students/classes. Although her main Musical Education was Classical, Ana has also developed the ability to improvise and play by ear since her teens when playing in bands with her youth friends and she thinks this freedom was very important for her formation as a musician. Ana plays solo but she also enjoys mainly playing chamber music, accompanied by other people. She has combined teaching and performing since she lived in Brazil.
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.