Violin and viola advanced: workshop
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME119C
Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will help you improve your technique and listening skills for both solo and ensemble playing. It covers a wide range of repertoire and develops your interpretive skills as well.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Relaxed posture and movement for efficient playing
- Improving your tone quality and intonation
- Position work in 2nd, 4th and higher positions
- Bow control and distribution to execute a variety of legato and staccato articulations
- Interpretation of music in a variety of styles.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Change position confidently and securely
- Understand how to select good fingering
- Use vibrato tastefully to create a warmer tone
- Use the bow effectively for a variety of articulations
- Play with sensitivity to different styles
- Play solo and in ensemble with confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for those who have been playing for five years o more, and who are at Grade 5 standard or above. You should have a secure basic technique, and be fluent playing and reading music in positions up to 5th.
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?
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. We will use sheet music made available online, some pre-recorded accompaniment and very simple playing by ear.
A regular practise routine is essential to make progress you will need to practise regularly outside class (ideally at least 45 minutes 5 times per week).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need your own violin or viola kit, also pencil, eraser, notepad and manuscript paper.
Live sessions will be taught via Zoom and materials provided via Google Classroom. You will need to be able to read these on a screen or print out your own hard copies.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may repeat this level (different repertoire is covered each term). Please consult with your tutor.
You may also be interested in String schools (normally, Winter, Easter, Summer), Chamber music skills or Music Theory and Musicianship.
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.