Piano: return to playing
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: ME804A
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
This mixed-level course is intended for pianists who have previously achieved an approximate Grade 2-5 level and who are considering returning to playing after a long break. Get individual feedback and guidance on specific pieces and enjoy group activities to refresh your knowledge of music notation, scales 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, Cramer).
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
- Practice the piano with increased efficiency and enjoyment
- Receive advice on a suitable level of course 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?
- All courses use Google Classroom to share materials and messages, including any homework tasks.
Each member will be individually coached, workshop style, in front of the class. You will be asked to comment on each other’s 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.
Please download our Return to playing resources booklet and prepare a piece of your choice to play at the first session. You may wish to play just an extract of one of these pieces. This booklet is comprised of copyright-free music from IMSLP.org.
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 advise which level would suit you once you have settled back into a regular practice routine.
If you are new to 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. You can also contact the music department for further guidance at email@example.com
You may also 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.