Musicianship 2: ear training

Course Dates: 14/01/21 - 25/03/21
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: Online

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. Some music theory included. 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?

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

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?

- Regular, 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
- 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 simple triads, and the movement within simple harmonic progressions
- keep the pulse, discern time signature, on-beat and off-beat rhythms
- identify the tonic and key of a melody.

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

Music reading skills, and experience of playing/singing music are essential.
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 practical work.
Group practical exercises in listening, singing, intervals 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 have manuscript paper, pencil and eraser. Course materials will be supplied in the google classroom.

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

Musicianship 2: rhythm, Musicianship 2: aural training with solfa and/or Musicianship 3: sight singing
You may also be interested in Singing or Music theory courses.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

If you have no previous education in musicianship or eartraining there is no better course.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/03/2020)
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/11/2019)
Do this course if you would like to fine-tune your ability to hear music, sing or play an instrument. Learning by experiencing the music in your body, not just knowing it intellectually
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Review by Richard / (Posted on 20/11/2019)
Highly recommend
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/07/2019)
Yes good course. Very enjoyable
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 23/06/2019)
The course is well presented and a great introduction to matching theory and practice. It teaches the active listening of chords, triads and harmonies. Provides a good basis for learning more
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Review by Late learner / (Posted on 21/06/2019)
The teaching was spot-on, encouraging, passionate & developed a great rapport with students through a sense of humour
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/06/2019)
take it
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Review by mike. / (Posted on 18/12/2018)
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: MG415

Thu, eve, 14 Jan - 25 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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