What is the course about?
Improve your rhythmic perception, execution, writing, reading and theoretical knowledge on this practical course.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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
- Improve 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 active listening, conducting, dictation, playing by ear, reading notation and playing 'percussion' (including piano or keyboard if you have one).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please have manuscript paper, pencil and eraser. All musical materials for the course will be supplied in the google classroom.
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 will enhance your performance in 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.