When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Nikos Stavlas
  • Course Code W21CCLA03F

What you will learn

A group class for those with a term's experience, taught in the digital piano classroom. Learn basic piano technique, including simple scales, chords and pieces, as well as music reading, working towards Grade 1 (ABRSM) standard.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • know the layout of the keyboard and use good posture, hand position
  • shift hand position between and within phrases
  • play simple melodies and accompaniments with some independence and co-ordination of hands
  • read and write simple pitch, rhythm and time signatures
  • play in front of others with some confidence


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free
  • Class format and activities

    This is an online course. Playing individually to the tutor Listening to tutor explanation and demonstration. Playing with and to others in the class. Listening to others and group discussion Aural and theory exercises

    Entry requirements

    You will need to have some basic keyboard and music reading skills and ideally you will have completed the Piano 1A course. You will need to have access to a piano (acoustic or digital) outside class and be able/willing to do short, regular practice sessions between classes: at least 10-15 minutes, at least 4 times a week.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    You should be careful when playing the piano to maintain good posture and take regular breaks to stretch and relax, to avoid overuse injuries. 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.

    What you need

    Notebook, pencil and eraser, and manuscript paper for music notation. Text to be advised by the tutor. Other materials to be supplied by the tutor. To join this class you will need a good internet connection and computer/tablet with webcam and sound.

    What you can do next

    Piano 1B continues on to Piano 1C (Summer term). Morley offers Piano courses through all levels up to Advanced. You may also be interested in the series of other Music Reading, Theory & Musicianship courses, such as 'Introduction to Read Music', 'Learn to Read Music', 'Kodaly Method'.