Musicianship 2: bass clef, scales and rhythm

Course Dates: 31/10/19 - 05/12/19
Time: 15:45 - 17:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street

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.


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.

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
- simple minor scales
- 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 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 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 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 musical notation.

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

Manuscript paper, pencil and rubber. Other materials will be supplied by the tutor.

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
Sarha Moore

Sarha is an experienced teacher and gigging musician, performing on the saxophone, arranging and composing on the piano, in classical, jazz and world music genres. Her principal band, Bollywood Brass Band, is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style wedding band, performing tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood films. Twice nominated for Songlines World Music Awards, the band has performed across the world in concerts, festivals, and Indian weddings in the UK, Europe, India, Thailand and South Africa. Sarha played with Ghanaian Highlife band Orchestre Jazira, and socialist big band, The Happy End. She also plays in the Charlie Mingus jazz cover band Hog Callin’, The Great Yiddish Parade marching band and Freylekh klezmer band. Sarha’s specialist area is World Music, and she has a PhD on the study of the Flattened Supertonic across different cultures. At CityLit she teaches jazz and classical piano, saxophone, world music styles (practical and academic courses), musicianship and music theory.

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.

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Course Code: MG404

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Thu, day, 31 Oct - 05 Dec '19

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £79.00

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