I’m delighted to be invited to hold a piano course at Jackdaws Music Education Trust later this year. Jackdaws has a wonderful history and tradition, and is renowned for its instrumental and vocal courses, education projects, young artists programme, and performances by world-class musicians. Situated near Frome in Somerset, Jackdaws is set in exquisite countryside. There are a whole range of courses on offer and many are residential. You can find out all about the Education Trust here.
My piano course will begin on Friday 23rd of October at 6.30pm and finish on Sunday afternoon on the 25th October at 4pm. It consists of eight concentrated sessions throughout the weekend, providing ample opportunity to work on many aspects of pianism.
I will be focusing on piano technique, memorisation and sight-reading. These are topics I often offer for courses, as I believe they are frequently neglected. However, there will also be plenty of time for more traditional workshop fayre; where each pianist plays a prepared piece and we work on it in a master class format. Therefore we ask each participant to bring two short pieces of their choice (however, your pieces do not need to be polished or performance ready).
The weekend will commence with sessions on evaluating and honing technical freedom at the piano, with full class participation. This will be followed by plenty of tips and practical guidance on memorisation, again with class participation, and the course will finish with sessions on sight-reading, and a final opportunity to work on chosen pieces.
This piano course is open to any standard or level of playing, and there are a maximum of ten places (several have already been reserved). The fee for the course is £200 for the entire weekend, to include all meals except breakfast; there is a selection of B&Bs to choose from if you would like to stay nearby.
Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.
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