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Finding confidence in Keyboard Skills from the beginning to diploma level—five linked online classes

Thursday 29th September 2022 (18:00) – Thursday 27th October 2022 (19:00)

Take manageable steps from your current level towards the keyboard skills of CRCO and ARCO in small online classes led by Anne Marsden Thomas, and Frederick Stocken. Throughout the series there will be classes running simultaneously at different levels, enabling participants to transfer to a different standard if necessary. Bookings must be for a complete series of five classes. Each class begins at 18:00hrs and ends at 19:00hrs (BST). Dates: Thursday 29 September, and 6, 13, 20, 27 October, 18:00–19:00hrs BST.

This course is based on the teachers’ popular books Graded Keyboard Musicianship Book 1 (OUP, 2017) and Graded Keyboard Musicianship Book 2 (OUP 2017) . All participants must have the relevant volume for their level. Book 1 covers Levels 1–5; Book 2 covers Levels 6–8. Tuition will be offered as follows:

The bite-size exercises are finely graded and the book’s accompanying text guides your practice between classes. Expect to progress in the following five skills:
• harmonizing at the keyboard
• transposing
• figured bass
• score-reading
• improvising

All participants will be able to play throughout each class, either to the group or muted while others play. Everyone will be visible on screen and will be able to ask questions at any time. We believe that developing skills in all areas helps you develop confidence in keyboard skills, whichever skills you eventually choose from the CRCO and ARCO options.

Finding your level before you book
To help you select the appropriate level of class, please visit the Graded Keyboard Musicianship books webpage. Click here to find sample pages from Book 1 and here for sample material for Book 2. Try out the exercises and apply for the level one above the one you find manageable. As the classes run simultaneously, it will be possible to transfer to a different level during or after the first class, if necessary.

Requirements in order to participate
• Your own copy of Graded Keyboard Musicianship Book 1 (OUP, 2017) or Graded Keyboard Musicianship Book 2 (OUP 2017)
• Attendance at all five classes
• A commitment to spend a minimum of one hour between classes practising at the keyboard and reading the text accompanying each lesson
• A good broadband connection (ideally wired, but stable wireless if not) and fluency with Zoom technology. Click here for further information
• Your computer placed next to a piano, organ or any other keyboard
• If aged under 18 a parent, guardian or other trusted adult must be present in the same building for the duration of the class.

To maintain the highest quality learning experience, places on each course is strictly limited to five participants so you are advised to apply in good time.

Comments after previous series
• Brilliant course with superlative teaching!
• I really enjoyed the classes and feel I have learnt a lot from them. The duration and frequency of them fit perfectly into my schedule.

Fee: RCO Members £210 (five classes @ £42 each); Non-members £290 (five classes @ £58 each)

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For RCO courses and classes, the following key is used as a guide to level and suitability:
Beginner (Grades 1-4)
Intermediate (Grades 4-6)
(Grades 6-8 / CRCO)
Diploma 1
Diploma 2

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