What is the course about?
Based on "Elementary training for musicians" by composer and pedagogue Paul Hindemith, this course will use his method of progressive pitch and rhythm exercises to help you improve your sightreading, coordination and ability to negotiate difficult rhythms.
What will we cover?
We will work our way through a series of enjoyable clapping and singing exercises in small and larger groups, progressing to complex and challenging exercises.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- increase your understanding of how music works
- further increase your ability to hear what you see and see what you hear
- execute difficult rhythms with complex subdivisions and melodic phrases simultaneously
- gain further understanding of scales and intervals
- execute some basics of conducting.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for those who are able to sing or play their instrument from around Grade 2 to advanced level.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will learn through tutor explanation and demonstration, group and individual practical exercises, and group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a notebook, manuscript paper, pen and pencil.
You will need your own copy of Hindemith’s Elementary Training for Musicians (Schott, 2nd ed., 1996).
This is available electronically for free through Petrucci Music library [external website] or you may prefer to purchase a bound copy for around £16 (ISBN 978-0901938169).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in other Practical musicianship or Music theory courses, or one of our specialist instrumental or singing classes.
Check the online or printed course guide, or contact the Music department for further advice.
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