Violin and viola 3A
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Course Code: ME117A
Duration: 12 sessions (over 13 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will learn to play and read music in 3rd position. You will develop your musical and technical skills through a selection of repertoire, scales and exercises. You will gain learn how to play solo and in ensemble.
What will we cover?
- Finding 3rd position and shifting between 1st and 3rd positions
- Use the bow with greater skill and control
- Introduction to vibrato
- Understand major and minor (harmonic and melodic) scale patterns including scales in 3rd position
- Develop confidence to hold your own part in ensemble playing
- Work on individual development points.
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?
You need at least two years' tuition, playing at confident Grade 2 standard (playing in major and minor keys up to 3 sharps/2 flats), able to read musical notation, and fluent fingering in 1st position. 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?
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 30 minutes on least 5 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 3 ABC). Other materials will be provided by the tutor via Google Classroom, including notation in treble clef for viola music / alto clef for violin music
ABRSM Violin Grade 3 Pieces and Scales/Arpeggios
Neil Mackay, A Tuneful Introduction to the third position (Stainer & Bell)
Viola ABRSM More Time Pieces for Viola Book 1 (Grades 1-3)
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 3B next term. Yo umay also be interested in String Ensemble.
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.
Robert Puzey has enjoyed a varied career teaching and freelancing on violin and viola in London and the South East. He plays with (and jointly runs) The Oberon String Quartet which provides music for weddings and other functions. His teaching includes schools in north London and work with adult string players at City Lit. He also plays chamber music with the Max Bruch Trio. Other playing in recent years has included concerto appearances on both violin and viola, as well as work with the Orchestra of St John's, London Gala and Brighton Philharmonic Orchestras. His further activity with amateur musicians has included leading The Chamber Orchestra, a string orchestra based in central London. He is now incorporating more conducting for string courses at City Lit and also for an amateur string orchestra in north west London, along with Saturday workshops in north London. At City Lit he teaches Violin and viola classes from beginners to advanced, Chamber music, regular intensive String Schools, and is Principal violin for Orchestra workshops.
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.