What is the course about?
Learn how to decode the written language of music.
Ideal introduction to Musicianship 1 and/or Music theory: grade 1.
What will we cover?
clefs and pitch notation on the 5-line stave
time signatures 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 basic time signatures and rhythmic notation
- read and write pitch on treble and bass clefs
- navigate simple scores.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for absolute beginners.
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
Listening to and following printed music
Writing simple melodies and chords
There will be some homework between sessions to help you remember what you are learning.
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?
Related courses in Summer School include Essential ear training and Rhythm class, as well as many practical courses in singing and instrumental playing.
City Lit offers regular courses such as Musicianship (levels 1 to advanced) and Music theory (grades 1 to advanced). All of these will support your practical music studies. 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.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit 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