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When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Haruko Seki
  • Course Code W21CCLA19C

What you will learn

Develop your technique, musicianship, knowledge and understanding of repertoire through playing, listening and group discussion. For players of Grade 8 (ABRSM) standard and above. Students can join in any term, subject to audition.

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

  • demonstrate improved technique so that you can approach repertoire which is more technically challenging
  • expand your knowledge of the piano repertoire
  • play with a better quality of tone
  • demonstrate a subtle pedalling technique
  • play with sensitivity and musical expression
  • communicate all the above to an audience


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • 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. Each student plays several times a term and works in detail with the tutor. Usually 4-5 students perform during the course of a session. The attending students are encouraged to make comments and partake in the proceedings. Hearing others perform a great variety of repertoire is just as important a part of learning. Every week there is also a technical session where a technical study is worked on in detail. Students are encouraged to practice and play to the class , preferably from memory. Tutor frequently introduces suitable pieces for the class to learn. There is a sight reading exercise using a duet piece three times a term. 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 suitable for players of Grade 8 standard or above. Entry is subject to audition. You should prepare two contrasting pieces.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    In addition to the entry requirement, students must also be prepared to spend a significant amount of time practising their works out of class time. Students are asked to do some research on the background of the piece they are learning and talk to the class. There is an informal concert at the end of Autumn and Spring term and an end-of -year concert at the end of summer term. 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. 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 throughout the year and you can usefully repeat it for as many terms as you want. The tutor will advise you when you are ready to progress to the 'Piano 7: Advanced Performers Workshop'. You may also be interested in joining the 'Duos, Trios & Quartets', the 'Jazz Piano' and the 'Blues Piano' courses.