Piano repertoire

Course Dates: 16/01/19 - 27/03/19
Time: 18:40 - 21:40
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Shelagh Sutherland

If you have a minimum playing standard of grade 8, come and explore the wealth of piano repertoire, concentrating on style and period. Broaden your interpretive skills and gain experience in performance practice. This course has a scheduled break week: 20th February.


What is the course about?

Acquire a deeper understanding of the stylistic interpretation and performance of a wide repertoire. Emphasis will be placed on improving technique through postural awareness in addition to specific pianistic studies, tone production, pedalling technique and a rhythm/pulse co-ordination. Students are expected to practice at least 1 hour a day.

If you are unsure which course is best for you, please come to an advice session and bring a piece to play. Our teachers will help you select a class at the right level.

What will we cover?

- Two or three composers will be selected per term plus own choice pieces.
- Please contact the music office for the latest repertoire list. [email protected]

- knowledge and awareness of repertoire including styles from baroque-period to contemporary styles as agreed by tutor and students in a workshop environment
- further understanding of musical forms and structures
- advanced technical skills
- interpretive skills
- skills in memorisation
- preparing for informal concerts.

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

- Show an improved stylistic awareness
- Demonstrate developed fluency of rhythm and pulse co-ordination
- Demonstrate your technique further to enable to co-op with more advanced repertoire
- Demonstrate an improved tone quality
- Display a subtle pedalling technique
- Make independent decisions in regards to pedalling, ornaments and articulation
- Produce layered texture of 2-3 voices.

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

You will have a standard of grade 8.
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?

Each member will be individually coached. Involvement in other class members’ performances through attentive listening, practical illustration and peer feedback.

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

Students should have access to a piano (acoustic) for practice between classes and budget approximately £15 per term for music being studied. Please contact the music office for the latest repertoire list. It is often possible to borrow scores from local libraries.

Repertoire for this module:
Czech(oslovakia) Republic: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th, 21st century.

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

You may take Piano repertoire for as long as you wish or progress to Piano: advanced workshop. Your tutor will
advise you.

You may also be interested in Music theory (all levels to Grade 8, diploma topics and counterpoint classes), 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


Customer Reviews 2 item(s)

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A great opportunity to develop piano performance skills and technique in a supportive environment with an excellent tutor.
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Review by Jeremy Dwight / (Posted on 15/11/2018)

1. First of all, how subjective this all is. For me, these classes have been brilliant, and I shall explain why, but what’s right for one person may not be so for another. Among other things, they do require you to commit at least 1 hour per day on average to practicing. If you think they may be right for you, it may be advisable to have a one-off personal lesson with the tutor to check that you are at around the right level. (If your standard is too low for the class, it’s miserable for the others in the class as well as for you!)

2. For me, the teacher is everything. So my comments are specific to this class with this teacher. She is:
a. Enthusiastic, genuinely enjoys teaching, never bored.
b. Experienced professional pianist as well as a teacher, solo as well as group / orchestral, also teacher of other aspects such as music theory / harmony and Alexander technique
c. Fast eye and ear for detail – you won’t “get away” with anything.
d. All feedback and suggestions are constructive and tailored to the individual
e. Good use of time in class – the teacher is the expert, and we don’t waste time with frequent “what does the class think about xyz’s performance just now?”
f. You learn as much, possibly more, when others play and the teacher’s discussion and advice for each other student, than when you play yourself

3. Now about how the classes work: the key features.
a. You are playing in front of others! This is a hell of a shock if you haven’t done it before, but it’s an essential stage in your development. You just have to get used to nerves. It’s amazing how you can go to pieces and make mistakes you never make in practice at home.
b. You spend most of your time in classes listening to others play. If it’s a full class, you won’t get a chance to play properly, with a decent time to work with the teacher, every week. The good thing is that it’s now a 3 hour class, so the teacher normally manages to give everyone at least a slot to play through something quickly, so they can test out what they’ve done in the last week on our fantastic Steinway, as well as in front of the others.
c. But the combination of all this, for me personally, is twofold. First you get a much better idea how you are doing from listening to others and their lessons and then playing yourself – than in the conventional one-to-one piano lesson situation. This evidence / demonstration of improvement, I find, gives me a huge incentive to practice in between the classes.
d. There’s a low-key concert at the end of each term; people tend to invite spouses / partners. Something to work towards and plan for each term.

4. Other features of the classes
a. The whole atmosphere is constructive, mutually supportive, and fun.

5. Classes generally
a. Whilst I can’t speak for other classes, with other teachers, my impression is that Build gives you access to a standard of teacher that it would be difficult to find for yourselves. This is satisfying, in that you know your lesson time is being well spent, but it’s also inspiring.
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Review by MGW / (Posted on 11/12/2015)

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Course Code: ME251B

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Wed, eve, 16 Jan - 27 Mar '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £229.00

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

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