Piano workshop 7
Time: 10:45 - 12:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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What is the course about?
Acquire a deeper understanding of the stylistic interpretation of a wide range of piano repertoire. Emphasis will be placed on improving technique, tone production, pedalling technique and a rhythm/pulse co-ordination.
*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?
- Repertoire for this module draws on music and studies of a grade 7 standard (the tutor will specify a selection)
- You may also include works of your own choice
- Technical problems, style and performance skills will be discussed
- Scales: all major scales from level 6 plus Gflat/Fsharp and all minor scales from level 6 plus Csharp and Gsharp (harmonic and melodic, 3 octaves, hands together).
- Arpeggios in the same keys (3 octaves hands together).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Produce layered texture of 2-3 voices
- Demonstrate increased fluency and rhythm/pulse co-ordination
- Develop your technique further to cope with more advanced repertoire
- Demonstrate an improved tone quality
- Display a subtle pedalling technique
- Play a legato chord sequence
- Analyse and define harmonic progression with use of dynamics.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will be expected to have a playing standard approaching grade 7 or equivalent. 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?
- 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
Repertoire for this term will be taken from A Keyboard Anthology Book 5 [external website] and Burgmuller's Op.109 18 Character Studies.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course comprises three terms across the academic year, after which you may move on to Piano workshop 8, or you may repeat this course to gain more experience. Your tutor will advise you.
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.