This course assumes no prior knowledge, and is suitable for absolute beginners or players who didn’t get very far with their studies and have forgotten whatever they knew!
The course will start with some basics on notation and how that corresponds to the keyboard. Then we move beyond the notes to look at some of the unwritten elements of music, where we’ll touch upon emotions and narrative in music.
We’ll then explore some practical theory before moving on to our very popular session on playing by ear and an introduction to jazz.
In the evenings, we’ll have a recital, explore the work of one or two composers, as well as finding out a bit more about the history of Finchcocks.
Each day typically starts with a workshop in the Finchcocks cellars. In the afternoons, there is time for private practice on one of our beautiful acoustic grand pianos and individual tuition from one of our teachers. In the later afternoon, we convene for a masterclass, which involves a little bit of (very relaxed) performance in front of your classmates. At 7pm we have our pre-dinner talk or recital in the main house, which is a chance to relax and be inspired, before returning to the Coach House for dinner.
This course is being run by David Hall (FRCO, MA Cantab).
For booking enquiries, please contact Emma on 01580 428080 or fill in the form below.