Many of us played the piano whilst at school, but didn’t get quite as far as we’d hoped. Some of us missed out entirely.
This course is designed for adult pianists returning to the piano after a gap of a few years (or decades!). It would also suit anyone who has recently taken up the piano. In fact, you might have come across this page, having followed David Hall’s free online beginner’s course, recently launched to help people learn a new skill during coronavirus lockdown!
Unlike most of our weekend courses, the August Beginner course is a full three-day course. Starting at 10am on the Saturday, it runs through to 3:30pm of the bank holiday Monday and offers guests more time to let tuition sink in and consolidate. The aim of the weekend is for guests to leave Finchcocks with a solid foundation on which to continue their piano journey.
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 also explore a variety of pieces and to help everyone pick music that’s suitable to their own particular level and musical interests.
“The course approach is professional but gentle: it’s completely bespoke to your level, but without the pressure of performance.” ~ James (Google review)
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 in the main Hall with a glass of wine and explore the work of one or two composers. (Don’t worry, all guests have to do is sit back, relax, listen and enjoy!)
“As one of the newest beginners, the group was very supportive – everyone’s there to improve.” ~ Chris (Google review)
Each day typically starts with a workshop in the Finchcocks recital room. In the afternoons, there is time for private practice on one of our beautiful acoustic grand pianos including our new Steinway and individual tuition from one of our teachers. In the later afternoon, we’ll convene for a performance workshop, which will provide tips on how to make the nicest sounds when playing. 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), who was described as a “musical powerhouse” when the Sunday Times came to review one of his courses at Finchcocks. Inspiration and encouragement are guaranteed!
As this is a three day course, prices start from £625, all inclusive of accommodation, tuition, food and drink.
For booking enquiries, please contact Jenny on 01580 428080 or fill in the form below.
from £625 (inc. accommodation, food, wine and tuition)