What is the course about?
Improve your rhythmic perception, execution, writing, reading and theoretical knowledge on this practical course.
What will we cover?
- Rhythmic perception comes first and the theory will follow
- Playing by ear, reading and writing rhythm and identifying time signatures and rhythms will be explored through active listening
- Playing activities will include keeping the pulse, on/off beat rhythms, syncopation, cross rhythms.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate a heightened aural awareness of rhythm
- Demonstrate an improved confidence in playing rhythm and keeping good time
- Develop understanding of theoretical concerns around rhythm
- Develop your reading and writing skills.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should already have basic musicianship skills and need to be able to sing or play an instrument.
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?
Sessions will be participatory and experiential. Activities will include conducting, dictation, composition, playing by ear, reading notation and playing percussion (including piano).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please being manuscript paper, pencil and rubber.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course will provide a good grounding to go into sight singing, musicianship and aural perception courses, and any instrumental class.
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