What is the course about?
Consolidate your skills at an approximate grade 3 standard and gain experience by playing in front of others. Achieve greater confidence in hand co-ordination, rhythmical work and a dynamic range. Improve your musicianship, keyboard harmony skills and aural awareness. You will also develop your theoretical knowledge in order to fully understand the pieces being studied. This course is taught in a friendly and supportive environment and we recommend you undertake three modules of study at this level. Tutor: Simon Atkins.
What will we cover?
- Developing dynamic range
- Developing co-ordination skills in variety of articulations i.e. play one hand legato and one staccato.
- Technical problems, style and performance skills will be discussed
- Development of practice strategies.
- Course repertoire will be of an approximate grade 3 standard (over the course of the three modules)
- Scales: C, G, F, D and A majors; A, E, D and B minors (harmonic and melodic, 2 octave hands together). Arpeggios in those keys (2 octaves hands separately).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform at least 3 pieces on the piano from the class repertoire
- Be able to use gradual dynamics
- Perform 3 major scales and 3 minor scales suitable for this level
- Play using staccato in one hand and legato in the other
- Develop technical exercises to deal with a number of technical problems.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have completed a Build piano/keyboard 3 class or its equivalent as this course draws on material of Grade 3 standard. You will need 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. You could also drop in to one of our advice sessions where we can hear you play and help you choose the right course.
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 (on acoustic and digital pianos). Sessions will also include aural skills and theoretical study.
Students are required to practise a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students should have access to a keyboard or piano for practice between classes plus material; one or two printed books (approx. cost £10 each).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
After three modules' study, this course leads to Piano: transition to workshop B or ‘Piano workshop level 3’ depending on your level.
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