Spontaneous Social Piano Course at Benslow Music, Hitchin, Herts, SG4 9RB,
Monday 6th - Thursday 9th December.
Perhaps you have learnt the piano for many years, or perhaps you’ve recently begun, but what you would most like to do is be able to sit at any piano, anywhere, and play without notation -because your books will have been left at home. It would be fun, too, if other people could join in, singing well-known songs or improvising with you.
- Play by ear, including accompanying songs e.g Happy Birthday, Auld Lang Syne, Folk songs, Pop songs and Christmas Carols
- Improvise solo and with others (including with non piano players)
- Choose repertoire suitable for memorising, and memorise it
- Understand chord symbols and play from a leadsheet
- Sight read whatever’s in the piano stool
Playing by ear, including accompanying songs e.g Happy Birthday, Auld Lang Syne, Folk songs, Pop songs and Christmas Carols
Improvising solo and with others -including with non piano players. Everyone can do it!
Understanding chord symbols and playing from a leadsheet
You will know how to sit down at any piano, anywhere, and play music to your own satisfaction and personal self-respect. And you will have made significant practical progress playing in these ways.
Players of all levels are welcome, social piano is all about inclusion in a mutually supportive atmosphere.The course will be taught in such a way that everyone will be able to work, separately and together, at their own level.
Mainly group work with some individual time.
All material required will be provided, but please bring with you three short, contrasting pieces that you can play -including something suitable for social piano if you have it (e.g. a well-known tune or song?).
“Lucinda delivers deep understanding with a lightness of touch!”
“She is warm, encouraging and generous with her knowledge and it was a delight to work with her and the others on the course.”
“It was lovely to be taught by and learn from a highly experienced and accomplished pianist. Lucinda flowed seamlessly from teaching us as a group and spending time with us individually, focusing on each person's interests.”
“The course is good fun, aimed at exactly the right standard and suitable for everyone and all music genres.”
“One of the best workshop leaders in the UK! Lucinda has a knack of tuning in and delivering exactly what everyone wants and needs. I can't think why I waited so long to come on this course!”