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Aural and keyboard skills

Learn to notate what you hear, and hear what is notated, as well as develop facility on the keyboard to play and improvise melodies and harmonic progressions, and improve your sight-reading skills.

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Date: 16 Sep 14 - 26 May 15
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Choir leading

Learn the techniques and skills required to lead and direct a singing ensemble. Ideal if you want to lead group/community singing in schools, the youth sector, with adults or established choirs. Explore physical, aural and vocal warm up activities, operate with and without the use of written music, and prepare your group for performance.

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Date: 17 Jan 15 - 21 Mar 15
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Composing for absolute beginners

An introduction to composing for acoustic instruments or voice in a variety of classical genres. Using improvisation in class you will learn how to create musical material and effectively structure your ideas.

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Date: 15 Mar 15 - 29 Mar 15
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Composition

Develop your ability to organise your creative musical ideas into satisfying, engaging finished works. You will need a good knowledge of music theory (at least Grade 6 standard or equivalent). Ability to notate using Sibelius or similar will be an advantage.

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Date: 15 Sep 14 - 15 Jun 15
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Composition techniques

Want to develop your skills in composing? Analyse a variety of techniques and learn how to apply them in original composition. You need good understanding of music theory and notation skills.

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Dalcroze: music and movement

Dalcroze is a powerful route to developing deeper musicality and creative expression through whole body movement. This approach offers musicians of any age or stage a way to enhance and enrich their skills.

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Essential ear training

Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. Sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Some music theory included.

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Finish that song: songwriting intensive

Singer songwriters and lyricists – have you ever started to write a song or lyric and then been unable to finish it? Collaborate with other experienced songwriters and performers to give you the impetus and inspiration to complete your song. It's important that you have a knowledge of imagery in lyric writing for this course. Apply by emailing an example of your lyrics to music@citylit.ac.uk.

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Date: 19 Apr 15 - 26 Apr 15
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Harmony 1

If you have completed 'Sounds and symbols 3', or have equivalent knowledge of music theory, this course introduces harmony from the major scale and includes writing and aural training. Practical and academic.

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Date: 25 Sep 14 - 4 Dec 14
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Harmony 2

More work with harmonic progressions derived from the major scale: listening, writing, reading and analysis. We will use classical and contemporary samples, and encourage you to compose. Minor scale harmony will be introduced.

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Date: 15 Jan 15 - 26 Mar 15
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