Introduction to Piano: Part 1 (Monday)

Course Details

Date Monday 20 February 2017
Time 6:00 PM
Venue Leeds College of Music
Duration 20 February – 3 July 2017, 15 Monday evenings, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Tutor Liam Brigg
Fee £180.00
Age 18+

The Course

Please note that the deadline for booking a place on this course is Friday 10 February at 4:30pm.

This course is for complete beginners to the piano who have no experience of reading music. You will be introduced to the keyboard and will learn about how music is constructed, the treble and bass clef, listening skills, awareness of pitch and rhythmic values. 

All material will be taught on Roland digital pianos in a small classroom setting.  There will be a maximum of 10 participants per class.

The fee for this course is £180, which is an hourly rate of £8.  Your fee also includes access to our fantastic library facilities for the duration of your short course.


Course prerequisites

  • This course is for complete beginners to the piano. No prior experience is needed.
  • To get the most out of this course, we advise that participants have access to a piano/keyboard with full size keys to practise on between sessions.

For the more experienced piano player, you may be interested in our 'Introduction to Piano Playing: Part 2' short course at the later time of 7:45pm.  Click here to find out more.


Course learning outcomes

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Have a basic understanding of chords and harmony
  • Identify notes on the stave in both treble and bass clef
  • Play through some of the repertoire taught throughout the course
  • Easily find and name keys on the keyboard
  • Have a good overall understanding of the piano as an instrument, and its place within different musical styles
  • Understand basic rhythmic symbols and realise simple rhythmic patterns
  • Play through various scales and arpeggios
  • Have an aural awareness of pitch
  • Be able to read and play a short tune in either bass or treble clef
  • Co-ordinate playing a piece with both hands
  • Understand the importance of practice
  • Be inspired to continue playing the piano

Course Dates

This evening class runs on a Monday evening for 15 classes from Monday 20 February - Monday 3 July 2017, 6 - 7.30pm each week. Please note there are no classes running on the following dates: 3, 10 & 17 April, 1 & 29 May 2017.


Liam Brigg is a composer, pianist, organist and music educator. He has been a piano tutor for over three years, teaching beginner and intermediate lessons to adults and children, and has been teaching the Introduction to Piano course since September 2015. As a composer, Liam has had works performed by the Leeds College of Music New Music Collective, and at events such as Light Night and Leeds Lieder Festival. The Peerson Project at Leeds University commissioned one of his most recent compositions. The piece was premiered live on Chapel FM, and the project was documented by Made in Leeds. Liam has taken part in events such as the East Coast Musician of the Year in 2014, and won the Aireborough Rotary Young Musician Competition in 2011. He also works as a pianist and organist at Stainbeck United Reformed Church, where he has also acted as Musical Director for the Stainbeck Players annual pantomime.

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"This course is perfect for a complete beginner. It was stimulating and engaging. There was lots of encouragement and positive feedback, and has made me want to progress with my studies."

Course participant, February 2016

"Liam was very patient and engaging."

Course participant, February 2016


Current full-time LCoM students and staff receive 50% discount on all short courses. Please note that in all instances we will ask for proof of eligibility. To claim your discount, please contact the Short Courses team by telephone, stating the name of your chosen course.





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