Piano workshop 3
Time: 13:15 - 15:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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This course has now started
Course Code: ME210B
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will work on establishing good technical foundations for your playing as well as developing strong practice strategies to enable you to study more independently. You will be encouraged to develop your critical listening skills to achieve greater confidence.
*There may be other classes at this same level taught by different tutors: please check the drop-down menu for other course dates/times
**If you are unsure which course is best for you, please contact the music department (firstname.lastname@example.org) where our teachers will help you select a class at the right level.
What will we cover?
- The choice of repertoire will be discussed at the first class - usually two collections of pieces to choose from, supplemented by material written by the tutor
- Technical problems, style and performance skills will be discussed
- There may be some opportunity to play duets
- Students will be encouraged to make up their own technical exercises, to harmonise simple melodies, and to sight-read
- Co-ordination between hands, rhythm and pulse and establishing sound dynamic control
- Practice strategies.
- Course repertoire will be of a grade 3 standard (and increase in complexity with tutor guidance)
- Scales: C, G, F, D and A majors and A, E, D and B minors (harmonic and melodic, 2 octave hands together).
- Arpeggios in the same keys as scales (2 octaves hands separately).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform at least 3 pieces on the piano from the selected repertoire
- Recognise and explain perfect cadences
- Shape phrases and play expressively using contrasting and gradual dynamics
- Perform 3 major scales and 3 minor scales suitable for the level
- Play using finger and wrist staccato
- Play using direct and legato pedalling.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have completed a City Lit Piano/keyboards 3 or its equivalent, be reasonably fluent in simple major and minor keys, have an understanding of simple and compound time and some knowledge of triads, inversions and cadences to a confident Grade 3 standard. The ability to learn music independently is useful at this level and you need to be confident to have a go playing in front of other students.
You also need to be able 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?
- All courses use Google Classroom to share materials and messages, including any homework tasks.
- Classes are taught through tutor explanation and demonstration, and playing/listening workshop style.
- Sessions may also include aural skills, musicianship and theoretical study where applicable.
- A regular practice routine is essential to progress on this course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students should have access to a piano (acoustic or digital) for practice between classes and budget approximately £15 per term for scores. Music may be purchased new or second-hand. Suitable scores may also be available from IMSLP
Text book for this term:
- Piano Mix grades 3-4 [external website].
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course typically comprises three terms spread across the academic year, after which you may continue to Piano workshop 4, or you may repeat the course to gain more experience at the same level.
Please note: we have multiple courses at different times throughout the week.
You may 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.
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.