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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Haruko Seki
  • Course Code W22CCLA35B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

A hybrid piano course for UK and international students. Improve your technique, musicianship and knowledge of repertoire. For players with at least three years' experience, playing at Grade 5/6 (ABRSM) standard.

Learning Outcomes

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

Cost

  • Full fee
    £190
  • Concession fee
    £145
  • Class format and activities

    Sessions will be held in the college and will also be live streamed for students outside London including international students. 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 Microsoft Teams -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 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

    International students, who live outside the UK, can join this course fully online. Equivalent learning experiences and opportunities are provided for all students regardless of how they choose to participate (in-person or online). You may want to join only as an observer and not an active participant at 1/3 of the full course fee. As a student of a hybrid piano course at Morley College you will: • Study at an institution focusing on musical excellence • learn with our family of outstanding teaching staff and visiting professors • become part of our diverse community • have access to weekly updated online material • have access to live recordings of our regular music events • practise your English language skills by joining discussions in English • receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. 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 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'.