Group Classes

Group Classes

There would be the following Group Classes:

  • Composition - Stephen Goss, Professor of Music and Head of Composition at the University of Surrey (click here for more)

    In the Composition class, you would be able to delve into, and learn about the processes which composers used, when they want to create an original piece of music from nothing. In this class, there would be some listening to music. 
  • Improvisation - Douglas Finch, former Head of Keyboard at Trinity Laban (click here for more)

    Improvisation is the art of creating a piece of music from scratch, and then to perform it live in public. Many conventions and traditions could be broken in the 'creating' process, as the 'key' to a good improvisation, is the result in front of an audience. In 2012, Malaysian folk tunes would be used in this class.
  • Chamber music - Michael Dussek, Senior Tutor in Ensemble Piano & Head of Piano Accompaniment at Royal Academy of Music (click here for more) & Aleksander Szram, Professor of Piano at the Trinity Laban (click here for more)

    Chamber music is about working with a partner(s) towards a good performance together, in front of an audience. To play good chamber music, the trick is about how well you listen, and you would need to be able to anticipate together with your partner, how the music would go during performance.
  • Piano mechanics - Malcolm McKeand, Concert Piano Technician at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and The Purcell School (click here for more)

    How a piano is built, what sort of wood is used, and how the keys make a sound when pressed, are some of the topics covered in this class. You would be learning about how the different mechanical parts of the piano combined to make music.
  • Conducting Rebecca Miller, Music Director of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society Chorus and Orchestra, and The New Professionals (click here for more)

    A conductor stands in front of a group of musicians, called the 'orchestra', and directs them towards giving a successful and effective performance. A full-size orchestra can comprise of as many as 100 musicians, so a good conductor would need to be sufficiently skilled in order to create a good performance. You would be learning something about the skills of a conductor in this class.