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Spontaneous Social Piano Course, for fun and enjoyment, at Benslow Music, Hitchin, Herts, SG4 9RB

You see a piano somewhere, and long to play it, but can’t because you don’t have suitable books with you. This course will teach you what and how to play, for your own fun and everyone's enjoyment, on such spontaneous social occasions.
Resident: £295 Non-Resident: £215 Code: 20/N03
What is the course about?
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.
This course will teach you what and how to play spontaneously, and include others, on social occasions.
Suitable for all piano players (social piano playing is all about including people of different levels), it will teach you how to:
  • 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
Everyone will be able to focus on achieving their own personal goals in the mutually supportive atmosphere created by Lucinda, who has forty years' experience working with adult piano players of all ages and stages.
What will we cover?
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!
Memorising repertoire
Understanding chord symbols and playing from a leadsheet
Sight reading
What will we accomplish? By the end of this course...
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.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
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.
How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?
Mainly group work with some individual time.
Will music be provided in advance of the course?
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?).
What previous participants said about this course…
“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!”

This course must be booked directly with Benslow. Click here to get onto the Benslow website, and then scroll down to access their booking. 
Friday, 4 September, 2020