This series of masterclasses is for advanced pianists (of post diploma level) playing the major works of the repertoire. There are regular opportunities for public performance. Join in any term subject to audition.
Each student plays several times a term and works in detail with the tutor. Usually 3 students perform during the course of a session. The attending students are urged to make comments and partake in the proceedings. Hearing others perform, a great variety of repertoire, is just as important a part of learning. Each year we also have a specific project, which is in addition to the repertoire that each student works on. For example, it might be the complete Studies of Chopin, the complete Preludes of Debussy or the complete piano works by Scriabin, with each student allocated a few. The idea is to cover all the works, which obviously may be beyond the ability of one student. You will need to follow and contribute to discussions in English. Music Study can include the use of digital resources such as listening to recordings, watching videos online, using appropriate mobile applications and following Moodle -Morley's virtual learning environment- to enhance your learning inside and outside the classroom. Music study also offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to enhance wellbeing. Music practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment including developing creativity, developing high-concentration levels, building self-confidence, working to deadlines, being able to control nerves and working as part of a team. The students are also encouraged to record their performances so these can be streamed on Morley's social media.
Entry is by audition. The standards of this class are high and solid pianistic technique as well as considerable musical intelligence and sensitivity are expected.
In addition to the entry requirement, students must also be prepared to spend a significant amount of time practising their works out of the class time. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the learning outcomes above. Your progress towards achieving the learning outcomes will be reviewed throughout the course. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e.: progression to another course. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.
All the repertoire that is being played at each session. This is decided a week in advance. It is vital that students have their own copy so as to make written comments and make the most of each session. Each student should keep a journal where they can record feedback from the tutor and to reflect on their progress both in class and during their own practice out of college.
The course runs throughout the year and you can usefully repeat it for as many terms as you want. You may also be interested in joining a chamber music class, such as 'Chamber Music & Piano Accompaniment (Advanced)' and 'Chamber Performers' Group'.