What is the course about?
This is our third year of flute study. The course will keep you practising and playing with others. You will learn new techniques and tools for playing, and learn new repertoire.
What will we cover?
- continuation and development of all previous learning, i.e. tone, technique, articulation, embouchure, breathing, phrasing, dynamics, vibrato and posture
- aural perception, improvisation, sight-reading, memorisation, musical interpretation
- musical theory and style through a varied repertoire
- solo and ensemble performance.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- play with better tone, tuning and expressive range
- improve articulation, breath control and a more flexible embouchure
- demonstrate an enhanced sense of rhythm, better sight reading and practice methods
- improve your listening skills, improvising and memory skills
- improve finger technique and scales
- improve reading music notation and general musicianship
- perform a range of repertoire and participate in ensemble pieces with greater confidence
- play approximately Grade 5 (ABRSM / Trinity) level.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have at least 2 years playing experience and have reached a standard of approximately Grade 4 (ABRSM or Trinity), i.e. be able to play most of the chromatic notes from bottom C to top G.
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?
Demonstration and explanation by tutor
Group work in two to four parts
Listening to other students
Playing with a pianist
Listening to flute recordings
To make progress you will need to practise regularly between classes, ideally at least 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week
Occasionally you will have small written assignments to complete outside of class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need to bring your own flute with cleaning accessories, a notebook and pencil. You will need to buy music for the course; advice will be given by the tutor. Most ensemble music will be provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Flute level 4 next academic year.
You may also be ready for an ensemble course such as Chamber music intermediate, Play popular music of the non-Western world, or Build Big Band 1.
You also be interested in one of Build's many Musicianship or 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