What is the course about?
To give practice time and consideration to aural skills.
What will we cover?
Practice of intervals, rhythms, and recognition of form and quality of sound. Involves singing, writing musical examples, clapping, active listening, and developing the short-term memory for musical fragments.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- hear quality and size of basic intervals, and explore them within the major scale.
- hear the major or minor quality of chords.
- discern time signature, on-beat and off-beat rhythms.
- be more confident about recognising what you hear.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Experience of playing is essential, and basic reading skills will be expected. No formal ear training is expected: this course will provide such a basis. Useful as a refresher, though, for students who have done ear training courses.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Listening to and singing musical structures with and without piano guidance.
- Intensive practice of intervals.
- learn to name musical items.
- Listening to and appraising recorded music.
- taught in the pianos room, you will have the use of keyboards.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
We recommend you record the sessions for practice purposes.
Manuscript paper will be provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a wide range of Musicianship courses that enhance your practical study.
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