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Violin and viola taster

Course Dates: 08/12/21
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Learn how to hold the violin/viola and bow, how the instrument works, and play some simple tunes by the end of the session. Please bring your own instrument.
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Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00

Course Code: ME139D

Wed, eve, 08 Dec - 08 Dec '21

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

Enjoy discovering what is involved in learning to play the violin or viola, in a friendly, supportive small group. This course is designed as an introduction to Violin and viola 1A starting in January 2022.
If you have any previous musical experience, you may be suitable to join the Violin and Viola programme at a higher level. Your tutor will advise.

What will we cover?

- how to hold the instrument and the bow
- how to use the bow correctly to make a good tone
- the open strings and basic fingering patterns
- simple tunes using a few notes
- the basics of music notation.

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

- hold the instrument and bow correctly
- use the bow to make a good tone
- know the names of the open strings
- play a few simple tunes by ear and from notation.

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

Suitable for complete beginners. You need to be able to follow instructions in English.

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

Tutor demonstration and explanation
Playing in a group and individually
Learning by ear and from music notation.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a violin/viola and bow. Other materials will be provided by the tutor.

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

This course is an introduction to Violin and Viola 1A, starting in January.
You may also be interested in complementary classes from our wide range of Music Theory & Musicianship courses.

Trish Shaw

Trish trained as a violinist, singer and historical musicologist, with a specialism in music since 1900. She has worked variously as a university and college lecturer, choral conductor and arranger, and orchestral violinist, and has taught a wide range of subjects including choral singing and conducting, composition techniques, music theory, analysis and musicianship, music history, violin and chamber music. She has published and presented at conferences on French music (especially Ravel), and Australian music and cultural history. At City Lit, Trish currently teaches Choir at Lunchtime and Composition techniques, and supports Orchestra workshop. Her interests in the arts also include contemporary theatre, dance and visual arts.

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.