Violin and viola 1B

Course Dates: 27/04/22 - 29/06/22
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: Keeley Street
Learn the basics of playing violin or viola in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. Suitable for those who have been learning for at least a term.
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Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00

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Course Code: ME131B

Started Wed, eve, 27 Apr - 29 Jun '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

You will develop your playing techniques for violin or viola, tuning of your instrument, and reading music notation.

What will we cover?

- How to hold the instrument and bow correctly
- Good posture and movement while playing
- More fingering patterns (including use of the natural 2nd finger)
- How to listen to and improve your own intonation
- Reading and writing music notation.

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

- Manage the violin and bow with some confidence
- Improve your tone quality
- Know how to improve your intonation
- Know the sound and structure of major scales starting on open strings
- Read and play a variety of simple tunes and rhythms.

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

This course is suitable for those who have been learning the instrument for at least one term, and can read simple music notation. You will need 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?

We work as a group with some individual attention from the tutor and frequent division into smaller groups. The tutor leads the class by explaining, demonstrating and playing with the group. You will make good progress if you play and practice at home for at least 15 minutes 4 or 5 times a week.

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

Please bring your own violin or viola kit (including bow, rosin and shoulder rest). These cost at least £70 or more; quality will increase greatly with price, and the better your instrument the easier you will find it to play.
Also bring pen, pencil, eraser and notepad. A folder for handouts and your notes is also useful. We will use 2 textbooks costing about £10 each. The tutor will advise what these are at the first session, and they will be used throughout Level 1.

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

This course leads to Violin and viola 1C, or you may be able to progress directly to Violin and viola 2A; your tutor will advise.
You may also be interested in Musicianship courses, which support general musical development.

Edmund Taylor

Edmund is a violinist/director and music theory tutor specialising in Historical Performance. With a tremendous passion for the study of pedagogy, Edmund has taught both strings and music theory in London for over a decade. After training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Walter Reiter (The English Concert), Edmund founded the period instrument group Bellot Ensemble in 2014, performing across the UK and Europe, with many exciting concerts such as the modern premier of a reconstructed Telemann Cantata. Edmund performs regularly across the UK and Europe as a violinist and leader for other historical instrument ensembles such as Armonico Consort, The Handel Orchestra and Ensemble OrQuesta, with a particular passion for operatic works from the Baroque period! Edmund is also the founder of the charitable organisation "healing notes," an organisation set up to provide virtual concerts for the hard working NHS staff during these difficult times.

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.