Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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(Mondays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
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- Mondays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
- 10 weekly meetings
- Dr Ian Cheverton
- Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Tel: 029 2087 0000
Fax: 029 2066 8935
- £147.00 (Concessionary Fee £118.00)
Regarded perhaps as being a ‘work-horse’ amongst musical instruments, the piano (more properly the ‘pianoforte’ or ‘forte-piano’) has a long, distinguished and perhaps surprising history, encompassing a wide range of musicians, musical styles and forms. This course will investigate some of the lesser-known aspects of this fascinating story in an attempt to do justice to an instrument that we might be tempted to take a little too much for granted.
- An introduction to the history of the piano, from the 17th to the 20th century.
- Consideration of the main technical developments of the instrument, from the early pianos of Cristofori to the modern-day grands.
- Examination of selected key compositions for the piano.
- Examination of the music and lives of the main performers of the piano repertoire.
- Discussion of the main musical styles and genres of the piano repertoire.
- Outline of the social and historical contexts of the piano through history and its composers and repertoire.
Who is this course for?
Anyone who is interested in film music and who would like to know more about its history, musical styles and techniques.
Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of lectures illustrated at the keyboard and through use of CDs and DVDs. From time to time, scores of the music under consideration are made available and, occasionally, historical documentation, the aim being to stimulate students into discussion and debate, and further exploration.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
It goes without saying that students’ understanding of the music studied in a course is usually considerably enhanced if they read and write about it. You will not have a formal examination but you will be asked to produce some written work. This need not be an essay: it can take the form of a course journal, portfolio, presentation, performance, or a class test. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
- Dolge, Alfred, Pianos and their Makers: A Comprehensive History of the Development of the Piano (Dover Publications, 2012)
- Isacoff, Stuart, A Natural History of the Piano: The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians – From Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between (Souvenir Press, 2012)
- Parakilas, James, Piano Roles: A New History of the Piano (Yale University Press, 2002)
What else is on offer?
If this course interests you then you should be aware that the Centre for Lifelong Learning offers a number of varied and exciting music courses. Please see our Choices Catalogue for further details, or visit our website, www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/ and click on ‘Music’.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cf.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.