This intensive course is suitable for intermediate learners and those returning to play piano with some ability to read music. The course is taught using acoustic pianos and keyboards. During the course, you will be learning and demonstrating independence of your hands and fingers, showing sensitivity of touch whilst maintaining an improved posture and hand position.
This course is suitable for pianists and keyboard players with existing experience. It will be beneficial for you to have access to a piano (acoustic or digital) outside class. You will also be expected to complete an Individual Learning Plan to help support your progress.
The course will provide a progression route for learners who have studied our Piano and Keyboards (Beginner) courses for at least 3 terms.
This course is a fun and inclusive study of intermediate techniques associated with learning to play pianos and keyboards. It will include:
Understanding good warm-up and practice technique
Playing with sensitivity of touch e.g. differentiating between legato and staccato
Demonstrating independence of your hands and fingers
Demonstrating music reading skills, including elements such as dynamics, articulation and expression markings
Playing new and familiar repertoire in a variety of styles
Demonstrating improved aural and ensemble skills and confidence in playing in front of others
Please note: although you will be introduced to all the above over a single term (10-weeks), the course is developmental over the whole year. If you sign up for the full three terms (courses A, B and C) at the start of the academic year e.g. August / September you will be entitled to the early bird discount.
Teaching and Learning Methods
u will learn through Practical activities, Peer assessment, Listening and analysis, Demonstration and discussion, Use of supporting online materials (Google Classroom / OneDrive), Individual practice, Use of ILT (computers), Continuous assessment.
You will be expected to work independently to develop your practical keyboard skills. The focus should be on instrumental practice but may also include gaining confidence with music theory.
You will be continually assessed through your practical activities and will receive feedback in a variety of ways e.g. peer assessment, verbal and written feedback from your teacher.
Qualification you will achieve
This is a non-accredited course but a certificate of completion can be provided by the College on request.
Next Steps and Progression
Upon successful completion of the course you may be able to progress to accredited courses at Level 1 or perform in ensembles at WMC.
For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Learning Support
Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.
WM College is able to provide financial support for course fees, you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.