Pianists Together

Age: 7-11 or 11-16

Group size: 4 to 12

Experience required: Grade 1+

Duration: 1/2 to 1 day, or ongoing series

Spaces & resources required: Rooms(s) with one full-length piano plus keyboards, for one per two students

Objectives: Piano students play music in duets, trios and other group sizes, introducing or developing ensemble skills

Activity: Pianists are given a rare opportunity to work as an equal member of an ensemble, with repertoire specifically written for these ensembles. The workshop develops ensemble work, boosting confidence, technique, communication and repertoire ideas to kick-start further ensemble work. 

Links to national curriculum, qualification or other relevant benefits:
National Curriculum Key stage 2 content:
• play and perform in... ensemble contexts... playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
• improvise... music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
• listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
• use and understand staff and other musical notations
National Curriculum Key stage 3 content:
• play and perform confidently in... ensemble context... playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression
• use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions
• develop a deepening understanding of the music that they perform and to which they listen, and its history.
AQA Group performance, Edexcel Ensemble performance, OCR Group performance

Primary, SecondaryEd Scolding