Chamber music: intermediate

Course Dates: 30/04/19 - 02/07/19
Time: 20:00 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Robert Puzey

Learn how to play in small, mixed instrumental ensembles with one player per part. You will need to be at least Grade 3 standard and a confident music reader. Please contact the Music Department to enrol. Tutor: Robert Puzey

Mid-term break: 26 May.


What is the course about?

Learn how to play in an ensemble with one instrumentalist per part, and develop your skills and confidence in performing with a small group.

What will we cover?

Ensemble skills:
Understanding how the parts fit together into a musical ensemble
listening and playing in time with others
balance and blend in a small ensemble
practice and rehearsal skills.

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

• Hold your own part in a small group with some confidence
• Play in tune and in time with others in a small group
• Understand how your own part fits into the musical ensemble
• Co-operate with others in a small group to identify problems and find solutions
• Respond positively to musical critique and suggestions from your tutor and peers
• Perform in a small group with some confidence.

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

You need at least three years' playing experience on your instrument, and confident music reading skills. You will be playing in small groups with a variety of instruments, and need to work co-operatively with others.
You need to able to follow written and verbal instructions in English and participate in class discussions.

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

• Tutor explanation and demonstration
• Playing with a variety of other instrumentalists in groups of 2 or more
• Receiving coaching within your groups
• Listening to and critiquing other groups.

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

Please bring your instrument, a pencil and eraser. The tutor will provide or recommend suitable music for the varous ensembles within the class, but you are also welcome to bring along music you are interested in playing.

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

You may continue in this course for as many terms as you wish; there will be different repertoire each term.
Build also offers courses for many instruments at levels from grade 3 upwards, where you can study solo technique and repertoire (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin/Viola, Cello, Piano). You may also be interested in String ensemble or Clarinet choir
When you are ready (your tutor will advise), you may wish to progress to one of Build's more advanced Ensembles./ You may also be interested in Music appreciation courses.

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


Customer Reviews 2 item(s)

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A wonderful way to discover a wealth of chamber music for a mix of different instruments. A friendly and encouraging atmosphere working positively together to learn and improve!
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Review by Val / (Posted on 12/12/2018)
It will considerably improve your playing with others and is a great deal of fun.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/11/2018)

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Course Code: ME269C

Tue, eve, 30 Apr - 02 Jul '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £149.00
Concession: £91.00

Before booking on this course, we'll need you to log in or register with us if you're new. Please then contact us for a chat with our team to check that this course is the right level for you.
Why do I need an advice session?

Any questions? [email protected]
or call 020 7492 2630

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.

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