Cello advanced workshop

Course Dates: 14/01/20 - 31/03/20
Time: 18:15 - 19:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Una Birtchnell

For students who have been playing for at least four years and are at around grade 5 standard. You will be encouraged to play in all clefs regularly and be comfortable in positions including thumb position. This course is offered every term.


What is the course about?

This course is for students who have been playing for at least 4 years and who are playing at Grade 5 standard and above. You will develop your technique, learn works from the solo repertoire, and play music for cello ensemble. There will be opportunities for formal and informal performance.

What will we cover?

- Technical work: scales and arpeggios up to four flats/sharps, chromatic scales (up to 3 octaves), studies
- Vibrato, playing in higher positions, shifting, and chords
- Bowing techniques for control of tone and articulation, string crossing
- Reading and playing in all three clefs
- Works from the solo cello repertoire
- Practice discipline, including playing with a metronome
- Awareness of musical structure and style
- Ensemble playing (3-8 parts)
- Developing confidence in performing.

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

- Acquire solid proficiency in all neck positions and thumb position
- Explore above thumb position
- Sight read more fluently
- Play with improved tone production and vibrato
- Play ensemble music in 3 to 8 parts (covering various periods and styles)
- Move comfortably between bass, tenor and treble clefs
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of some solo repertoire
- Improve performance technique and confidence.

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

You need at least four years regular tuition or grade 5 equivalent or above. 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 are taught through through tutor explanation and demonstration, class discussion, and playing technical work, studies, solo and ensemble repertoire. Music provided by the tutor will cater for the range of levels of experience in this class. A daily practise routine is essential for progress at this level (at least 30 mins 5 times per week is recommended).
There will be opportunities for informal and formal performances.

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

Please bring your cello, a pencil, and a folder to keep your music organised.
The tutor will provide some musical material, but you may also need to borrow or purchase music. A great deal of suitable repertoire is available online from Petrucci Music Library.

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

You may stay in this course for as long as you wish. There is scope for progression within this class to a high standard of playing.
You may also be interested in other ensemble opportunities: Orchestra workshop, String Chamber music and Chamber music ensembles.
Build also has a wide range of Music theory, Practical musicianship and Music appreciation courses that support
your practical learning.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Very enjoyable evening of music making
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/06/2019)
An intense weekly session on cello technique and repertoire arranged for a class of 12 - 14 students. The tutor is very encouraging and helps individuals in a class situation. A fun and friendly atmosphere.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/06/2019)
The whole experience is welcoming and the teaching excellent. Provided you keep up with practicing and engaging in the class you progress and have fun.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 31/03/2019)
It is a great course for increasing skill levels, and ensemble playing, with the opportunity for playing solo at lunchtime concert
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Review by tc / (Posted on 22/03/2019)
Just completed another delightful term. Beautiful and varied music from every period but always suited to the cello, the group and all abilities in the class. Expert tuition, encouragement and support, emphasises enjoyment of playing, musicality and continuous skill development.
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Review by Group member / (Posted on 05/04/2017)
Great way to learn cello. I have attended this workshop for a few years. The teacher is great and makes sure everybody is involved and is challenged too. I will be going back in September. Highly recommended.
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Review by AS / (Posted on 01/08/2016)
I attended this course last year and planning to attend this year too. The teacher is really positive, and enthusiastic, and really motivates us to practise and learn more. She is really good at making sure everybody is involved and takes the time to make sure everybody is learning. I enjoy playing with other students, and the atmosphere in the class is very welcoming.
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Review by AS / (Posted on 21/09/2015)
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Course Code: ME122B

Please choose a course date 

Tue, eve, 14 Jan - 31 Mar '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £189.00
Concession: £115.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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