Piano: return to playing
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME802C
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Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
This mixed-level course is intended for pianists Grade 2-5 who are returning to playing after a long break but who are unsure of their standard. You will receive individual help on a piece of your choice during supervised practice sessions and enjoy group activities to refresh your knowledge of notation and piano technique.
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?
- How to practise effectively
- Refresh your knowledge of music notation
- Sharpen your aural (listening) skills
- Tutor advice for choosing suitable music
- Individual help on a solo piece
- Selected technical exercises for dexterity (eg. Hanon, Czerny).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate an increased awareness of your current level and future practice goals
- Receive advice on your level to join our main programme of workshops.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be of an approximate grade 2-5 standard and have had regular piano tuition in the past. You will need to prepare a piece that you have started to (re)learn and can play in part to work on in class practice sessions.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
For this online course you will need your own piano (acoustic or digital) with 88 full-sized keys, a copy of the course repertoire-books (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.
Each member will be individually coached, workshop style in front of the class. You will be asked to comment on each others performances and on musical styles and textures. Involvement through attentive listening and practical illustration is also encouraged.
- Tutor presentation and explanation, including handouts
- Class discussion and debate
- Supervised practice sessions with individual advice from the tutor
- Regular practise is essential. We recommend 20 mins daily.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A notebook and pencil are useful. Also two pieces of music you would like to work on.
You may like to look at some exercises in advance. If so, please use the following links:
The virtuoso pianist (Hanon) [External website]
Passagenübungen (Czerny) [External website].
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course will prepare you to join a Piano/keyboards or Piano workshop class during a subsequent term. Your tutor will advise which level would best suit you.
You may also be interested in courses in Keyboard harmony, Keyboard improvisation, musicianship, music theory or music history. Please check our website or contact the music department for advice.