What is the course about?
To improve your sight singing and aural skills - not just for singers!
What will we cover?
- learning tunes by ear and by reading
- Regular practice of interval recognition and reproduction
- interpreting and singing from staff notation
- reading and writing rhythm
- sight-singing exercises in major keys
- solo line and part-singing (singing in harmony).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Count, read and sing simple tunes in easy keys
- Understand notation and be able to write music clearly - basic literacy
- Hold a harmony line while others are performed
- Recognise and sing any interval from the tonic in major keys.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should already understand, and be able to read and write, staff notation before joining this course. You need to be able to sing in tune to benefit from this 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?
Mostly group work led from the piano or music worksheets : whole class singing. Some singing or writing tasks tackled in small groups or pairs. Practice between classes is essential to your progress.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Manuscript paper required. Music materials will be supplied. Please bring a folder to collect your hand-outs, pencil/pen, eraser. You may wish to bring a device to record parts of the session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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