Learn to read music: taster

Course Dates: 10/12/20
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: Online

Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn to name and recognise notes. An introduction for absolute beginners.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
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 but assumes you understand basic musical concepts such as pitch and time. 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 and/or playing.

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

Please bring a pencil, eraser and notebook. All other materials supplied by the tutor.

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.

Tutor Biographies
Sarha Moore

Sarha is an experienced teacher and gigging musician, performing on the saxophone, arranging and composing on the piano, in classical, jazz and world music genres. Her principal band, Bollywood Brass Band, is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style wedding band, performing tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood films. Twice nominated for Songlines World Music Awards, the band has performed across the world in concerts, festivals, and Indian weddings in the UK, Europe, India, Thailand and South Africa. Sarha played with Ghanaian Highlife band Orchestre Jazira, and socialist big band, The Happy End. She also plays in the Charlie Mingus jazz cover band Hog Callin’, The Great Yiddish Parade marching band and Freylekh klezmer band. Sarha’s specialist area is World Music, and she has a PhD on the study of the Flattened Supertonic across different cultures. At CityLit she teaches jazz and classical piano, saxophone, world music styles (practical and academic courses), musicianship and music theory.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: MG131A

Thu, eve, 10 Dec - 10 Dec '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £10.00
Senior fee: £10.00
Concession: £10.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2630

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