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Group Piano - Improvers


Start date: 13th Jan 2020

Time: 18:15 - 20:15

Cost: £95

Day: Monday

Duration: 10 weeks

Tutor: Alec Robinson

Course code: 20SP89

Please contact us for availability

This course is for; students who have previously attended the Rossett Group Piano course, or have some experience of playing the piano and basic knowledge of musical notation and theory. (It is not appropriate for students who have passed Grade 4 or higher in the examinations of the Associated Board.)

For the first session students will need;


*Pencil & Rubber

*The Classic Piano Course Omnibus Edition by Carol Barratt.

*ABRSM Piano Grade 1 Scales and Broken Chords.

*Chester’s Piano Duets Volume 1 by Carol Barratt.

*For additional repertoire: Making The Grade: The Complete Beginner Course.

Students are expected to have access to a home piano or keyboard and to practice the pieces and exercises covered in each class.

Additional Costs; Other music books as necessary.


For students playing on keyboards, it is advisable to bring headphones with adaptor plugs.

The course will cover

Week 1:    Exercises: The scale, arpeggio and broken chord of C major

Week 2:    The key of G major and key signatures using sharps. Duets.

Week 3:    The key of F major and key signatures using flats. Duets.

Week 4:    The cycle of fifths: Interrelationship of keys.

Week 5:    Minor keys: Scales of A and D minor. Duets.

Week 6:    Summary of rhythmic notation and sight-reading.

Week 7:    Dynamics in music. Sight-reading.

Week 8:    Selection of duets for individual practice.

Week 9:    Duets (continued).

Week 10:   Discussion of further repertoire for individual practice over the break.


By the end of the course students should be able to play an extended repertoire of piano music and at a higher standard than they demonstrated at the beginning of the course. They will also develop their personal confidence in playing before other students.


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Alec Robinson

Alec Robinson is a full-time piano tutor, music educator and performing musician. A graduate of both The University of York and Leeds College of Music, he runs a business providing tuition for piano students in the Yorkshire area, and in this capacity mentors individuals across a wide range of musical levels and abilities, from beginners to degree-entry level. He also runs group classes for piano in the Leeds area, and regularly performs as a soloist and in various ensembles in music venues across the UK.

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