Piano: technique levels 4-6
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME921
Duration: 4 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This short course offers a practical approach to piano technique through the study of specialist repertoire. 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 musical expression.
Exercises will be taken from the course textbook: Duvernoy’s Preparatory School of Velocity, Op.276 (free download available at IMSLP.org). Please make sure you have your own copy of this music before the first session.
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?
Through guided learning of selected technical exercises you will become aware of:
- wrist flexibility
- scale/arpeggio techniques in order to increase speed
- effective use of dynamics
- playing chords legato and staccato
- playing from memory.
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 playing Grades 4-6 standard who can work self-sufficiently on their own piano (digital or acoustic) and who are confident playing for the class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Live sessions on Zoom, supported by resources shared via Google Classroom. You will learn through
- tutor explanation and demonstration
- short revision videos, audio files and worksheets (posted in Google Classroom)
- group playing and individual demonstration tasks
Sessions will also include aural skill and theoretical study as appropriate.
Practice between sessions is helpful, however most of the work will take place in the lessons due to the short duration and structure of the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please source a copy of Duvernoy’s Preparatory School of Velocity, Op.276.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Your tutor will be able to advise you about suitable follow-on courses. There is also more information on our blog Choosing a piano class at City Lit or you can contact the department on 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.
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Chryssa has been a piano tutor at City Lit since 2006 and has extensive teaching experience in adult music education. She enjoys seeing adults in her classes embark on something new or discover an old passion. She also teaches for the piano department at the prestigious Centre for Young Musicians (a division of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama) since 2017. She has performed as a soloist and member of chamber music ensembles in London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Greece and Spain. In 2014 Chryssa and violinist Anna Ovsyanikova were invited to perform at the Cern Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. Chryssa’s training involves a Master’s degree with Commendation from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where she received the Delia Hall Prize for accompanists and a Postgraduate degree in Music Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her knowledge and strengths in performance are supported by an undergraduate degree in Musicology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Instrumental route from the Institute of Education (University of London). Chryssa also has a Bachelor degree in Communication and Mass Media (University of Athens, Greece).
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.