Learn to read music: taster
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MG131B
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Have you just started learning an instrument or singing and wish you had more time to understand how to read music notes?
On this course you will be introduced to the written language of music. This taster course is an ideal introduction to our musicianship and music theory courses: lessons in musical notation and musical skills that support your instrumental or singing classes.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- treble clef and pitch notation on the 5-line stave
- time signatures, pulse and metre
- rhythmic values and their organisation into bars.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- identify and understand the main musical symbols and terms
- read and write pitch on treble clef
- read and play simple rhythms.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
- this course is for absolute beginners to music notation.
- you need to be able to listen to and follow instructions in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- tutor presentation, explanation and demonstration
- music reading and writing exercises and practical exercises in clapping, singing/humming and/or playing.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
This is an online course taught over zoom: we will share a pdf worksheet booklet with you during the session so you can keep your own copy after the course has finished.
Please note that the tutor will show worksheets on the screen so this course is best accessed via a large tablet, laptop or desktop device so that you can read the text clearly.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
If you enjoyed this taster, why not choose a longer course to learn more skills. City lit offers two sorts of regular classes to help you learn to read music:
- musicianship classes teach music notation, listening and practical skills altogether
- music theory classes teach only music notation skills and are ideal for students who have already studied their instrument for at least one year.
For more details about musicianship and music theory please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.
Selena began her musical career as a composer, gaining a Dutch Government scholarship to study at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague with Louis Andriessen. As a student she won numerous prizes including BBC Young Composers, resulting in a commission for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. She has wide musical interests ranging from Renaissance counterpoint and the origins of tonality to twentieth-century composition techniques and electronic music. Selena performs in an experimental electronic music duo KOGG with Cerys Hogg. They create music by sampling vocals, sound objects, and home-made instruments, combining composed and improvised material. They have performed live and are producing an album. Selena has a keen interest in music pedagogy, particularly the social and cognitive benefits of music education, and is a specialist Kodály practitioner. She is also advisor in further education for the British Kodály Academy. Selena holds BMus (Hons), MMus and PGCE degrees, has held positions at Goldsmiths and Middlesex University and currently teaches at City Lit and Morley College.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.