Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm

Course Dates: 24/09/19 - 03/12/19
Time: 16:15 - 17:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Cerys Hogg

Learn to name and recognise what you hear, to organise music notation, write it and read it. Suitable for absolute beginners, which may include students who play by ear and do not read. tutor : Sarha Moore.


What is the course about?

Discover the use and meaning of symbols for sounds in music. This is a starter course for ear training, rhythm training, music reading and writing. Musicianship is an essential supplement to your instrumental/singing study.

What will we cover?

- Introduction to pulse and time patterns; stress; tempo; time signatures; on/off beat; rhythm notation
- Introduction to melody and harmony; note names; staff notation; tones and semi tones; intervals
- major scale and the natural minor scale construction; aural key centre
- active listening and singing.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand the basics of music notation: writing, reading, sight singing, following a score
- Demonstrate some idea of how to read and practise
- Understand the importance of ear training and why we write things down
- Play simple rhythms and sing simple patterns.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for complete beginners. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English and staff notation.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Emphasis on practical execution of ideas: listening, singing, playing rhythms, writing notes, writing music samples.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring manuscript paper, pencil and eraser. You may record parts of the class to use for revision at home.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

When this course is complete you can progress to Musicianship 2, ear training, rhythm class, or explore instrumental and vocal classes at Build.

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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/06/2019)
A great course with an excellent teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed the classes and learned a lot.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/06/2019)
It is necessary to begin making sense the notation system.
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Review by JFV / (Posted on 08/12/2018)
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Course Code: MG400

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Tue, day, 24 Sep - 03 Dec '19

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £169.00
Senior fee: £135.00
Concession: £103.00

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