Starts: 26 Apr 2022
Piano Transition to Workshop 4B
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- broaden your repertoire knowledge
- demonstrate improved piano technique
- use the pedal more effectively
- have a better understanding of how to shape musical phrases
- organise and use your practice time more effectively
Class format and activities
The classes will be held at the college with additional live streaming for optional online attendance. You will have a choice to attend each week either onsite or online. You will mainly work on the repertoire assigned by the tutor for this term or you can work on other repertoire, especially if you are working towards a graded piano exam. You will work on your piano technique and general musicianship through sight-reading, scales, aural and theory training. You will contribute to discussions on peer's performances. 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.
This course is suitable for players of Grade 4/5 standard. You will need access to a piano (acoustic or digital) outside class. Willingness to do short, regular practice sessions between classes: at least 30 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
Music scores relevant to the lessons and notebook and pencil. Other materials to be supplied by the tutor. 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. If you wish to join this class online you will need a good internet connection and computer/tablet with webcam and sound.
What you can do next
The course runs thoughout the year and you can usefully repeat it. You may also be interested in the 'Jazz Piano' and 'Blues Piano' courses or any Music History course Morley College offers, such as the 'Brief History of Western Music from 1600 to 1800'.