What is the course about?
Exploring the musical structures and strategies that are crucial to good aural recognition, and learning to hear, recognlise and notate musical structures and patterns.
What will we cover?
- Systematic practice of intervals, rhythms, and recognition of form and quality of sound.
- Singing, writing examples, playing rhythms, developing your short-term memory for musical fragments
- active listening
- basic skills 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
- keep a pulse, discern time signature, on-beat and off-beat rhythms
- understand how to practise aural work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Experience of playing/singing music is essential. Music reading is advisable to get the most from the course.
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
Group practical exercises in listening, singing, intervals recognition practice
Reading and writing examples of rhythm and melody.
Listening to and appraising recorded music, and samples from the piano.
Materials will be supplied to support your independent practice.
This course will be delivered online, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials will be supplied by the tutor.
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
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