Violin and viola 5A
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Course Code: ME146A
Duration: 12 sessions (over 13 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will develop the techniques of violin/viola playing at an upper intermediate level.
What will we cover?
- Further work in sound production
- Further work in higher positions, up to and including 7th
- Work on vibrato exercises and the commencement of application of vibrato in repertoire
- A wide range of repertoire up to and including ABRSM standard grade 5 pieces
- Preparation, if desired, for the ABRSM grade 5 exam.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate confidence in repertoire of Grade 5 standard
- Show some confidence in applying vibrato
- Play scales and arpeggios of Grade 5 standard using positions up to and including 7th
- Show increased confidence in sound production and different bowing techniques.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have had at least four years' tuition in your instrument and be able to play confidently and fluently pieces and technical work of Grade 4 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 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 5 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
Violin ABRSM Violin Grade 5 Pieces and Scales/Arpeggios
Viola ABRSM More Time Pieces for Viola Book 2 (Grades 4-7)
See our guide on Where to buy music and instruments.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Violin and viola 5B next term. Yo umay also be interested in String Ensemble and String Winter/Easter/Summer School.
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.