What is the course about?
The course is focused on gaining a deep understanding of the fundamental building blocks of music, to improve aural awareness, sight-reading skills, and the ability to memorise and transcribe musical material. The course is suitable for those wanting develop their own musicianship or to learn a Kodály-based approach for their teaching practice.
What will we cover?
• Recognise and understand pitch patterns in melody through the relative sol-fa system (i.e. moveable doh)
• Learn rhythm syllables to improve reading and transcription of rhythm
• Learn to recognise and sing in different tonalities, such as pentatonic, major and minor
• Improve sight-reading of melodic material in different tonalities
• Develop skills in melodic and rhythmic transcription (dictation).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Feel greater confidence with aural recognition of pitch relationships in music
• Feel greater confidence with aural recognition of rhythmic relationships in music
• Sight-sing music with greater confidence
• Transcribe music with greater confidence
• Gain deeper understanding of pitch relationships in different tonalities (e.g. pentatonic, major, minor).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous experience with relative sol-fa is necessary as this is an introductory course. However, students should be able to pitch notes with their voice and be familiar with music theory to at least ABRSM grade 3 (or equivalent).
You need to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English, and participate in class discussions and practical activities.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The classes will consist of lots of practical exercises involving group singing, movement, clapping and listening. There will be no mandatory homework, but practice of the material between classes will be very beneficial.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring manuscript paper and a pencil.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to 'Musicianship 2: aural training with solfa B' in the same time slot next term.
You may be interested in other Practical musicianship or Music theory courses, or one of our many singing, instrumental, ensemble or music appreciation courses.
Please check the printed or online course guide, or contact the music department for further advice.
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