Piano For Improvers

Creative Learning |
15th January 2019 – 16th April 2019

Tutor Kate Thomas | Fee £126/£76 | 10 weeks/6 weeks

An informal and relaxed course during which you will develop your keyboard skills.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
During the course you will further your knowledge of musical theory and notation and becoming more confident in tackling new repertoire. You will gain confidence in improvising and playing from lead sheets. You will learn how to accompany and improvise over a 12 bar blues as well as improving your practise technique.

The course will be taught using individual keyboards in a group setting. All keyboards have headphones for individual work but will also be used for group playing.

The course will be split into the following sections:

  • Introductory rhythm work
  • Piano technique
  • Practise technique
  • Music theory
  • Chords and improvisation.

There will be opportunity for one on one teaching in each session, and as well as working towards group performances you will set your own goals and work towards them.

This course is open to those who have not completed a beginner’s course but have a basic knowledge. Please contact the Brewery who will put you in contact with the tutor to ensure the course is appropriate.

By the end of the course/workshop you will:

  • Be able to read simple music on the piano in both treble and bass clef.
  • Be able to find simple chords on the piano and accompany simple songs/pieces.
  • Be able to improvise over a simple chord structure.
  • Play a 12 Bar blues in the keys of C and G.

What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

Are there any additional costs?

About the tutor
Kate Thomas is a pianist, singer and double-bassist originally from Gloucestershire. She moved to Kendal following 10yrs as the lead music teacher in an outstanding London school and the organist and choirmaster of St. Luke’s church, W12. She currently teaches at a local primary school and runs children’s music classes in Kendal. She teaches piano privately across all levels and ages.

Please note there is no class during the following weeks:
Half term week commencing 18 February 2019

If you have a query or are unsure whether the course is right for you please get in touch with the Creative Learning Team who will be happy to contact the tutor on your behalf.


15th January 2019 – 16th April 2019

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