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?
- 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
- 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 simple 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.
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, 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. Other 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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