When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Giannis Giannopoulos
  • Course Code W23CCLA09E
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

A friendly mixed-level class to re-ignite your love of piano-playing and music. Suitable for those with at least one year previous experience and ability to read music. Join in any term.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • play with improved posture and hand position
  • demonstrate good warm-up and practice techniques and habits
  • play with sensitivity of touch, e.g. differentiating between legato and staccato
  • demonstrate independence of your hands and fingers
  • demonstrate good music reading and writing skills, including elements such as dynamics, articulation and expression markings
  • Play new and familiar repertoire in a variety of styles


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    The classes will be held at the digital keyboard classroom, with one keyboard per student. Listening to tutor explanation and demonstration Playing with and to others in the class Playing individually to the tutor Listening to others and group discussion. Aural and theory exercises 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.

    Entry requirements

    This course is for those with the equivalent of at least one year experience of playing the piano, or returning to playing after a time away from the keyboard. You will need access to a piano (acoustic or digital) outside class. You should be willing and able to do short, regular practice sessions between classes: at least 20-30 minutes, at least 4-5 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. Any piano repertoire you would like to work on. Other materials will be also supplied by the tutor. The College provides headphones for all students but you are encouraged to bring your own.

    What you can do next

    You may take this course for as many terms as you wish but you are encouraged to join one of the main piano courses when you start feeling more confident with your playing. Morley offers piano courses up to advanced level; the tutor can refer you to the appropriate level. You may also be interested in any Music Reading, Theory & Musicianship course, such as 'ABRSM Music Theory Grade 3/4/5', 'Aural Training & Musicianship 1'.