What is the course about?
Extend your understanding of sound and music and use of its symbols, terms and notation system. This reading, writing and ear training study supports instrumental and vocal training.
What will we cover?
- Development of rhythm notation (to include dots and ties).
- Recognition and playing of rhythms. Introduction to bass clef. Singing and recognising more intervals.
- Expansion of familiar keys using the cycle of fifths, to include A, D, and Bb
- Listening for and understanding phrasing and form
- minor scales.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- be able to read, write and play dotted and tied rhythms; on and off-beat rhythms
- read in bass clef notation
- be able to recognise, aurally, a variety of intervals
- work in the keys of D, A and Bb major
- hear shape and structure (form) in musical samples
- practise effectively.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students need to have completed Sounds and Symbols 1 or have equivalent knowledge/experience i.e.understand basic musical notation; pulse and pattern; 'key' and major scale; be familiar with the keys of C, F and G; be able to recognise intervals such as 3rds and 5ths.
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.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Manuscript paper, pencil and rubber. You may record parts of the class to use as revision at home.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Sounds and Symbols 3; any instrumental/vocal class; further ear training study.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details