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:
Dance inspired pieces: 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
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