Musicianship 2: bass clef, scales and rhythm

Course Dates: 16/01/21 - 27/03/21
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: Online

If you understand time signatures and major scales in C, F and G, join this course to learn about minor scales and the bass clef, and to develop rhythm writing and playing. Live online sessions.

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?

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
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
- rhythmic notation (to include dots and ties), and recognition and playing of rhythms
- Listening for and understanding phrasing and musical 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 simple 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: read and interpret basic musical notation (rhythm and treble clef); understand the concept 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 3rds 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.
Practical exercises: listening, singing, clapping and playing rhythms.
Writing staff notation.

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

Please have manuscript paper, pencil, eraser. All other materials will be supplied in the google classroom.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Musicianship 2: rhythm and/or Musicianship 2: ear training.
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.


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Tutor Biographies
Maciej Burdynowski

Matt is a singer-songwriter, arranger and choir director. He has studied jazz performance at Trinity Laban, and has performed as a percussionist and lead singer with Rhythms of the City, the London-based samba group, for 8 years. He is the leader and arranger for two community vocal groups, with repertoire ranging from close-harmony jazz to polyphonic covers of folk songs and alternative pop. He has been teaching a range of courses at the City Lit since 2012, including musicianship, sight-singing, jazz vocal improvisation, and harmony. He is particularly interested in rhythm and improvised music, and in the release of innate creativity and self-expression in the performing arts. His TEDx talk, "A song you could never sing", is available on YouTube.

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: MG411

Sat, day, 16 Jan - 27 Mar '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £169.00
Senior fee: £169.00
Concession: £103.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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