Piano/keyboards: exploring Grade 3 and 4 pieces
Time: 13:00 - 15:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME946
Duration: 3 sessions
What is the course about?
This onine course offers an opportunity to consolidate your piano learning at Grades 3/4 standard through study of selected pieces from the current exam syllabuses. There will be a focus on learning the major features of the set pieces at these levels with an opportunity to focus on two contrasting pieces to set you on your way.
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?
- Major features of exam pieces at grades 3/4
- Legato technique
- Relaxation and finger strength technique
- a general overview of the components of a grade 3/4 exam.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify and begin learning two pieces in contrasting styles
- Play with better legato and staccato technique
- Demonstrate more accurate musical listening
- 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 about three years and/or been attending a City Lit Piano/keyboards 3 or 4 course.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
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 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?
You need access to a piano/keyboard for classes and practice (acoustic or digital piano).
You will require your own copy of the music: Piano Exam Pieces 2021 & 2022, ABRSM Grade 3 or Grade 4
Piano grade 3 pieces 21-22
Piano grade 4 pieces 21-22.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Your tutor will be able to advise you about suitable follow-on courses and you can get more information about the our main piano programme from 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 for further advice - firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.