What is the course about?
This course is the second module of our Foundation piano year. The aim of the course is to move beyond playing pieces which are always in ‘C position’ (i.e. hand position based on middle-C). You will increase fluency at navigating the keyboard, develop your hand/eye coordination and your ability to recognise patterns and shapes in simple melodies.
You will focus on playing hands together, and extending beyond 5-finger patterns to explore a wider range of the keyboard. You will also develop aural and keyboard skills to increase your fluency of playing and understanding of music, and develop your ability to evaluate music and recognise mistakes as an aid to effective practise.
This course is taught in the digital piano classroom with a maximum of 15 per class. You will need access to a keyboard or piano outside class to practise between sessions.
What will we cover?
- Moving beyond ‘C position’ to ‘G position’
- Sharps and flats (accidentals)
- Playing a melody with simple chord accompaniment
- Increased fluency of reading at sight, and playing without looking at your fingers
- Reading and applying shapes and patterns at the keyboard
- Simple scale and chord patterns
- Reading and applying simple time signatures and common rhythmic patterns
- Aural skills, especially identifying and correcting mistakes in playing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Co-ordinate hands to combine melodies with simple chords
- Read music within 2 octaves
- Perform a complete piece with confidence from the term’s course repertoire
- Aural skills: remember and perform melodies or rhythms played by tutor of up to 2 bars in length.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have completed ‘Piano/keyboards foundation: module 1’, or equivalent (approximately 3 months' tuition): you must be able to play simple melodies with chord textures in major keys (hands together), follow basic rhythms, and read music notation in bass and treble clefs. If you already have experience of playing piano and reading music, you may wish to attend a music advice session to ensure that you enrol on a course at the right level for you.
You will need to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
If you are new to Build piano classes, please take a moment to read our blog: Choosing a piano class at City lit which lists our full sequence of piano classes.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes will comprise tutor explanation and demonstration, group playing and individual practice (using headphones so the tutor can check individual progress). Sessions will also include aural skills and theoretical study.
To make good progress, you will need to practise regularly: preferably 20-30 minutes every day.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a notebook and pencil. Students should have access to a keyboard or piano for practice between classes plus material, usually one or two printed books (approx. cost £10 each).
Please buy and bring to this course:
- Alfred complete piano course level 1 (this module begins on page 50)
- A Dozen a Day by E. Mae Burnham (blue book).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to ‘Piano/keyboards foundation: module 3
You may also be interested in Music theory, Practical 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