Violin and viola 2A

Course Dates: 15/09/21 - 01/12/21
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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A course for those who have been playing violin/viola for about a year, know the G/D/A major scale finger pattern and basic music notation. Learn to play a variety of musical styles in a friendly class. Continues to Violin and viola 2B next term.
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Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00

Course Code: ME118A

Wed, eve, 15 Sep - 01 Dec '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
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What is the course about?

This course develops your playing technique, reading of music notation, basic music theory and tuning your instrument. You will be working at around Grade 1 standard and above. This course continues with Violin and viola 2B.

What will we cover?

- Good posture and movement
- Good left hand position and correct finger placement
- Good bowhold and control
- Rhythm, reading and writing music
- Improving your tone quality and intonation
- Major and minor keys and scales in up to 1 sharps/1 flat.

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

- Play with some confidence with a pleasant tone and good bow control
- Tune your instrument using an aid (e.g. tuner, piano)
- Play with the group and on your own
- Hold an independent line of music in rounds and songs
- Play selected major and minor scales and arpeggios
- Play music in the keys of your scales
- Read and improvise simple tunes and rhythms.

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

This course is for those who have been learning the instrument for at least a year. You should be able to play major scale note patterns starting on each open string in first position, and play and read simple tunes at approximately Grade 1 standard.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Classes comprise tutor explanation and demonstration, group playing and individual practice. Sessions will also include class discussion, aural skills and music theory relevant to violin/viola playing.
To make progress you will need to practise regularly outside class (ideally at least 20 minutes on least 4 days per 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), plus pen, pencil, eraser and notepad. You will need to purchase some music (which will be used throughout level 2 ABC). Other materials will be provided by the tutor via Google Classroom, including notation in treble clef for viola music / alto clef for violin books
Violin/Viola Samuel Appelbaum, Belwin String Builder Book 2, for violin / viola
Violin ABRSM Violin Grade 2 Pieces & ABRSM Grade 2 Violin Scales & arpeggios
Viola ABRSM More Time Pieces for Viola vol.1 (Grades 1-3) & ABRSM Viola Scales & arpeggios Grades 1-5
See our guide on Where to buy music and instruments. A decent student violin/viola costs at least £80; quality will increase greatly with price, and the better your instrument the easier you will find it to play. You can also hire instruments from some stores.
See our guide on Where to buy music and instruments. A decent student violin/viola costs at least £80; quality will increase greatly with price, and the better your instrument the easier you will find it to play. You can also hire instruments from some stores.

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

This course leads to Violin and viola 2B next term.
You may wish to support your learning through a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns. For details please visit our post onMusicianship and music theory at City Lit.

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.