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Who is this course for
The strings day is open to players of violin, viola, cello and double bass, who have been playing for at least 1 year. No previous chamber music experience is necessary, but students must be able to read music. At the first session the tutor will assess students and advise.
What does this course cover
The aim of the course is to learn to work together in a group on at least one work of chamber music during the day. The choice of repertoire is made by the tutor in negotiation with the individual groups.
You will learn to:
1. play music together in a group more fluently and accurately.
2. listen more analytically to identify problems.
3. learn rehearsal techniques to improve intonation, style and rhythmic ensemble.
What will it be like
A string orchestra with a conductor for the whole session. Groups will also be invited to take part in the informal play through during the final session. Assessment is by tutor feedback and student self-assessment. Most of the feedback is given verbally directly to the group. Alongside this the groups will be encouraged to keep a record of the progress of each piece they are working on. This provides a record for students and tutors.
What else do you need to buy or do
Students must have their own instrument and bow in good working order - advice given at all times. Although some music is available at the Centre, students should buy their own wherever possible. Some music stands are provided; however, we recommend you bring your own.
What this course could lead to
Students who have reached the required standard and have enough confidence should be able to form their own independent groups.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Why come to Mary Ward Centre?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.
Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’