What is the course about?
Achieve greater confidence in co-ordination of hands, rhythmical work and a range of dynamics. Improve your musicianship, keyboard harmony skills and aural awareness. You will extend your theoretical knowledge in order to fully understand the pieces you are playing. This course is taught in a friendly and supportive environment.
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
- Develop practice strategies.
- Repertoire will work from grade 2 towards an approximate grade 3 standard (over the course of level 3)
- Scales (over the course of Level 3) C, G, F, D and A majors and A, E, D and B minors (harmonic and melodic, 2 octaves, hands together).
- Arpeggios in the same 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 4 major scales and 3 minor scales suitable for the 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 ‘Piano/keyboards 3A’ or ‘Piano/keyboards 3A (intensive)’ class or have equivalent experience as this course draws on material of an approximate Grade 2/3 standard. You 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. 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 are taught through 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 30 minutes every 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 as decided in class (approx. cost £10 each).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Depending on your experience, after completing Piano/keyboards 3B (intensive), you can move on to Piano/keyboards 4A or Piano/keyboards 4A (intensive) which will introduce you to playing in front of others whilst consolidating your new grade 3 standard skills, or you may wish to move directly to a Level 3 piano workshop. These classes are taught entirely in a masterclass format on an acoustic piano with each student playing in turn. Please note for workshop classes students need to be able to prepare their grade 3 standard pieces independently in advance.
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