Learn to read music: taster

Course Dates: 12/12/19
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

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


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.

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 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
Edward Breen Tutor Website

Edward teaches music history and music theory at City lit where he is Head of Programme: Advanced Studies in the School of Performing Arts. His specialism is early music (medieval, renaissance and baroque periods) and he completed his PhD in historical musicology at King's College London (2013) on the performance of medieval music. Outside of teaching, Edward is a regular contributor to Gramophone magazine and has lectured for Dartington International Summer School, London's Southbank Centre and The British Library. He has also worked as a researcher for BBC Proms and written for the journal Early Music (OUP). His recent essays are published in: The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Historical Performance in Music, (Cambridge University Press); The Montpellier Codex: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Music 16 (Boydell Press); Recomposing the Past: Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen (Ashgate 2018); and 30-Second Classical Music (Ivy Press).

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

Please choose a course date 

Thu, eve, 12 Dec - 12 Dec '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £19.00
Senior fee: £19.00
Concession: £19.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.