Violin and viola 2B
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: ME118B
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
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 towards Grade 2 standard. This course continues with Violin and viola 2C.
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: including Bflat Major.
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 more than a year. You should be able to play simple major and minor scales and arpeggios (in key signatures with up to three sharps or in one flat) and play and read simple tunes at Grade 1/2 standard.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The tutor will direct the group, playing along with the whole class (either with the students' line or an accompaniment) or listening to individuals play. Sessions will also include class discussion, aural skills and theoretical study.
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/viola kit; pen, pencil, eraser, notepad and manuscript paper. A folder for handouts and your notes is also useful. Book used on this course include 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
All Strings Book 3 [external website].
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Violin and viola 2C. You may be interested in joining String ensemble, which will help improve your sight-reading, intonation and ensemble skills.
You may also be interested in Musicianship courses, which support general musical development.
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.