Piano workshop 4
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: ME209C
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
Acquire a more solid technique and gain confidence across a wider repertoire in this workshop class with regular individual feedback. Emphasis is given to improving legato playing and quality of ‘singing tone’ as well as balance between hands.
If you are unsure which course is best for you, please contact the music department (email@example.com) where our teachers will help you select a class at the right level.
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?
- Repertoire will include pieces by two/three different composers and a selection of studies approaching grade 4 standard.
- Technical problems, style and performance skills will be discussed
- There will some sight reading pieces
- There may be the opportunity to play duets.
- Scales: C, G, F, D, A, E and B majors and A, E, D, B, C and F minors (harmonic and melodic, 2 octaves hands together).
- Arpeggios in the same keys (1 octave hands together, 2 octaves hands separately).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise and play perfect, imperfect and interrupted cadences
- Recognise and understand modulation
- Make decisions about the shaping of phrases
- Perform ornaments clearly and smoothly
- Co-ordinate pedalling smoothly with playing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For this workshop you must be ready to study repertoire approaching grade 4 standard.
The ability to learn repertoire independently is essential.
You will also need to be comfortable playing in front of others on a regular basis.
You 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?
For this online course you will need your own piano, be able to source your own copies of 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.
Classes are taught through tutor explanation and demonstration, and playing/listening workshop style. Sessions 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
Repertoire for this term: 25 Easy and Progressive studies by Burgmüller.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course comprises of three terms spread across the academic year, after which you may continue to ‘Piano workshop 5’, or you may repeat the course to gain more experience at the same level.
You may also be interested in Music theory, Practical Musicianship or Music appreciation courses.
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.