Piano technique: advanced

Course Dates: 26/07/21 - 30/07/21
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Online
This short, online course gives you the chance to improve your technique through a focus on advanced pieces and is ideal for pianists of Grade 6 standard and above.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00

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Course Code: ME922

Started Mon+Wed+Fri, day, 26 Jul - 30 Jul '21

Duration: 3 sessions

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What is the course about?

This short course is for students at grade 6 level (and above) who wish to have extra tuition in technique. Work through those tricky passages you need some extra help with and develop your understanding of their challenges. Taught masterclass style in a friendly, online environment.
This course offers a practical approach to piano technique through the study of repertoire with a focus on technique: It will provide you with a template for your future practice, and will pay dividends as you encounter increasing complex music which demands greater dexterity and freedom.

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?

Working through the passages of pieces you are finding technically challenging; you will examine techniques for improving the following:
- posture and hand/arm movement
- flow and speed
- evenness
- voicing
- advanced fingering passages
- legato/staccato playing.

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

- show increased understanding of your own postural habits
- display increased finger dexterity in keyboard exercises
- demonstrate a short-term plan for ongoing technical work.

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

This course is aimed at pianists from levels 6 and above, who can learn repertoire self-sufficiently.

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 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 classes via webcam.

Your tutor will teach though a variety of techniques:
- tutor explanation and demonstration via webcam
- short revision videos and audio files (posted in Google Classroom)
- worksheets (posted in Google Classroom)
- group playing and individual demonstration tasks
Sessions will also include aural skills and theoretical study as appropriate.

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

The tutor will provide copies of technical exercises via the Google classroom.
You will need to prepare the passages you wish to work on and upload scans of the relevant passages to the google classroom for the tutor.

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

Our full range of piano classes is available to view on our blog: Choosing a piano class at City lit
and you can also contact the department for further guidance: music@citylit.ac.uk. 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.

Petros Moschos

Petros Moschos has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in Greece, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Spain, Switzerland, Israel, Ireland, Venezuela, Canada, USA and UK in various festivals and venues including St John's Smith Square and Soutbank Centre. Awards include the Lilan Davies Piano Prize (Royal Academy of Music) and the prestigious Mykoniou Prize (Athens Academy). Petros has been soloist with many international orchestras and has recorded for Greek and American TV, as well as BBC3, Czech, Israeli and Bavarian radios. His solo debut CD was released in 1999 followed by two piano-duo CDs co-produced by Bavarian Radio and Genuin Musikproduktions. Additionally, he collaborates with pianist Dimitris Karydis, and their team Duo Antithesis has been awarded top prizes in prestigious international competitions such as the Murray Dranof Competition (USA) Schubert Competition (Czech Republic), Bellini Competition (Italy), Donostia Hiria (Spain) and others. He studied in Athens and London (Royal Academy of Music and City Uiversity) where he gained qualifications up to doctoral level. He teaches piano workshops at City Lit.

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.