Musicianship 2: ear training

Course Dates: 14/07/22 - 11/08/22
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: Keeley Street
Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. We will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Learn essential skills to improve your music reading and sight singing.
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Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00

Course Code: MG987

Available start dates 

Thu, eve, 14 Jul - 11 Aug '22

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Exploring the musical structures and strategies that are crucial to good aural recognition, and learning to hear, realise and notate musical patterns.

What will we cover?

- Systematic practice of intervals, rhythms, and recognition of form and quality of sound.
- Singing, writing examples, clapping, playing percussion, developing the short-term memory for musical fragments
- active listening
- basic skills and strategies for transcribing what you hear into musical notation.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- hear and sing intervals up to an octave, and explore them within the major scale
- hear the major or minor quality of triads, and the movement within simple harmonic progressions
- keep a pulse, discern time signature, on-beat and off-beat rhythms
- identify the tonic and key of a melody
- understand how to apply practice routines.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Basic music reading skills, and experience of playing/singing music are essential.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Tutor explanation and demonstration, you will follow the lead from the piano
Group practical exercises in listening, singing, interval practice
Reading and writing examples of rhythm and melody
Listening to and appraising recorded music (variety of styles)
You will get the most from the course if you are able to practise between sessions; materials will be supplied to support your independent practice.

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

Please bring manuscript paper, pencil and eraser. Course materials will be supplied by the tutor.

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

Ear training is a vital supplement to any instrumental or singing study.

Della Rhodes

Della has enjoyed working at City Lit for over 3 decades, teaching, managing, learning. After training in contemporary dance, Della became consumed by drama and music work. Music came to dominate, playing in bands, song writing, teaching for, and advising, the Youth Service and Adult Education. Performing and writing arrangements for pop and jazz a cappella has been a 30 year journey. So too the teaching of jazz musicianship. Gratitude is due to early mentor Amit Sen for introducing 'the jazz thing'.

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.