What is the course about?
Improve your technique and command of tone colour and sonority. You will enhance your interpretative resourcefulness, practise more effectively and improve projection and the ability to communicate with an audience. You will improve your own teaching skills. Tutor: Yekaterina Lebedeva [external website].
What will we cover?
- A wide range of piano literature with reference to individual commitments such as exams, concerts, teaching and lecturing of each student
- Discussion and comparison of different practice and teaching methods
- Analysis and study technique in depth.
Repertoire for this module: Bach preludes and fugues from book 1 and Liszt transcriptions.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate solid technique and thorough understanding of physiological phenomena to bring this about
- Demonstrate enhanced understanding of the works played
- Communicate this enhanced musical understanding to an audience
- Demonstrate strong listening skills and aural perceptiveness
- Demonstrate more independent capacity to make telling and significant interpretative decisions by placing the works they play in a stylistic/aesthetic and historical context.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be of a Diploma ABRSM standard and ideally have completed grade 8. Also, you should ideally have had previous performing experience. 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?
You will be taught through group work, discussion and exchange of ideas/suggestions between different members of class as well as direct comments. You will also be taught through practical demonstration by the tutor. You will be expected to practice at least 1.5 hours a day.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students should have access to a piano for practice between classes and budget approximately £15 per term for music being studied. It is often possible to borrow scores from local libraries.
Repertoire focus for this module:
- Beethoven sonatas.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may take Piano: advanced workshop for as long as you wish.
You may also be interested in Music theory (all levels to Grade 8), Practical Musicianship, or one of Build's wide range of Music appreciation courses, including courses specifically on piano and keyboard music.
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