Musicianship 2: bass clef, scales and rhythm
Time: 16:15 - 17:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MG402
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
Extend your understanding of sound and music and use of its symbols, terms and notation system. This reading, writing and ear training study supports instrumental and vocal training.
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?
- introduction to reading bass clef
- singing and recognising intervals up to an octave
- expansion of familiar keys using the cycle of fifths, to include A, D, Bb major
- minor scales, minor sounds
- rhythmic notation (to include dots and ties), and recognition and playing/clapping of rhythms
- Listening for and understanding phrasing and form.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read pitch notation in bass clef
- recognise and sing intervals up to an octave
- work in the keys of A, D, Bb major, and in relative minor scales
- read, write and play dotted and tied rhythms; on and off-beat rhythms
- hear shape and structure (form) in musical samples
- apply your musicianship skills to make your practice more effective.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students need to have completed Musicianship 1 or Music theory: grade 1, or have equivalent knowledge/experience i.e.be able to read and interpret basic musical notation (rhythm and treble clef); understand the concepts of key and the major scale; be familiar with the keys of C, F and G; be able to recognise and sing intervals such as 2nds, 3rds, 4ths and 5ths
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English and staff notation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor explanation and demonstration of activities.
Practical exercises: listening, singing, clapping and playing rhythms.
Writing and reading staff notation.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Have manuscript paper and a pencil. Course materials, visual and audio, will be supplied in the Google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
For information 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.
Cerys Hogg is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser. Whilst studying Fine Art, specialising in performance art and installation, she developed her musical skills through performing as a jazz vocalist, drummer and pianist. A scholarship allowed her to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the post-graduate Jazz and Studio Music course. Here she specialised in jazz voice developing a personal approach to improvisation, harmony and arranging. Currently Cerys is combining her work as both multimedia artist and musician. She performs in KOGG, an experimental electronic music duo with fellow City Lit tutor, Selena Kay. Together they create music by sampling vocals, sound objects, and home-made instruments, combining composed and improvised material. They have performed live and are in the process of creating an album. An experienced teacher with a PGCE from the Institute of Education, Cerys has a reputation for delivering entertaining and engaging classes. She has a drive to demystify the elements of music, making it an accessible and enjoyable experience for all.
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.