Elementary Technique Workshop (November 2022) - Online Ticket

12 Nov 2022 @ 13:00 GMT

For Adult Beginners, Returning Pianists & Teachers

Saturday 12th November 2022 (13:00 – 17:30 GMT)

In this half-day workshop for adult beginners and returning pianists, Penelope Roskell teaches the fundamental aspects of elementary piano technique needed to play with ease, dexterity and beautiful sound.

The workshop will take a practical, interactive format with Penelope demonstrating exercises from her course Teaching Healthy Expressive Piano Technique and from her award-winning book The Complete Pianist as well as many newly devised exercises for elementary pianists. Participants will be able to try these exercises and ask questions throughout the sessions.

Topics covered include:

  • Good sitting posture
  • Establishing the ideal hand position
  • Strengthening the hand and thumb
  • The Parachute touch for legato phrases and for cantabile chords
  • Scale, broken chord and arpeggio technique
  • Staccato touch
  • Rotation and slow Alberti bass
  • Pedalling

Who it’s for?

This workshop has been specifically designed for adult beginners and will provide you with solid technical foundations enabling you to progress quickly and play with ease and confidence from the outset. If you’re a returning pianist, it will serve as a useful technical “refresher”. It will also help you identify technical issues that may have held you back in the past and learning exercises that will resolve them effectively.

The event will also be of interest to teachers who wish to observe Penelope demonstrating her exercises and doing hands-on work with elementary pianists.


The workshop starts at 13:00 GMT and will run until 17:30. It will be divided up into four sessions and there will be a half-an hour break after the first two sessions.

Ticket options & prices

This event offers the opportunity to participate in-person in our central London studios or online. It is also being recorded and recordings will be made available to all in-person and online participants after the event.

In-person tickets – A limited number of in-person places are available at £85 and include light refreshments and recordings after the event. Click here to purchase an in-person ticket!

Online Tickets – If you can’t make it to London, you can still join us online for this event. Online tickets include access to live streaming of all sessions and links to resources and recordings after the event. Online participants are encouraged to be at their keyboard to try out the exercises during the session and will also be able to ask questions at various stages. Online tickets for the afternoon cost £50 (£30 for Online Academy subscribers). Click on the buy button below to book your place!

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