UpcomingPolishing Your Piano Technique with Melanie Spanswick

Details Price Qty
Attendee - Deposit £50.00 (GBP)  

  • May 26, 2023 - May 28, 2023
    6:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Melanie SpanswickLevel: All abilities
Fee: £320

Polishing Your Piano Technique

with Melanie Spanswick

Pianists often complain of tension, pain and discomfort when they play, which probably stems from moving around the instrument in a less than ideal manner. This can result in various technical issues. During this course the reasons for tension will be examined, followed by copious useful ways of alleviating it by focusing on freedom and relaxation at the keyboard.

Each course member will be given ample opportunity to hone and improve their technique; working at rotational wrist motion, whilst honing finger agility and developing completely free arm movement, encouraging the use of arm weight, with the aim of producing a warm, pleasing tone. Scales, arpeggios, chords, octaves, double note passages and much more, will be evaluated and discussed. We will also work on aspects within each participant’s chosen repertoire.

Course members are advised to bring two or three contrasting pieces to the workshops, although these do not have to be performance ready.


A £50 deposit is required to secure your place on this course. The balance of fees, including accommodation, is due 3 weeks before the course start date.

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 01373 812383

Address:
Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3NY, United Kingdom

Description:

Course Information

Please see our General Course Information pages for further details and schedule information.

Our Courses are for adult musicians (except where stated) and take place at Jackdaws in Great Elm, near Frome in Somerset. The Course Fee includes all tuition, meals and refreshments at Jackdaws. Courses take place in the main studio, with Steinway piano, and generally follow a masterclass format. There are several practice rooms here, too.

Repertoire

For Voice, Piano & Wind courses; participants are usually requested to prepare 2 – 3 pieces in advance. We will ask you to provide a repertoire list for the tutor (& accompanist) ahead of the course.

For Ensemble courses; direction will be given by the course leaders.

Accommodation

If you require B&B, we can arrange that for you; accommodation fees are payable in addition to the course fee.

Meals and Refreshments

Lunch, Supper and morning/afternoon refreshments will be prepared on site by our dedicated Cooks.  If you are vegetarian/vegan, or have a food allergy, you must let us know in advance, so that our cooks can plan the meals for the weekend accordingly. We are ‘allergy aware’, but we rely on participants letting us know if they have specific food allergies. Please also let us know if you carry any emergency medication.

Please visit our Covid-19 Secure page for more information.

By booking onto a Jackdaws course you agree to abide by our Covid-19 risk mitigation measuresTerms and Conditions, and understand the Privacy Policy regarding our handling of your data.

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