Musicianship: aural training with solfa C
Time: 16:00 - 17:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MG421C
Available start dates
Duration: 10 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course is focused on gaining a deep understanding of the fundamental building blocks of music, to improve aural awareness, sight-reading skills, and the ability to memorise and transcribe musical material. The course is suitable for those wanting develop their own musicianship or to learn a Kodály-based approach for their teaching practice.
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?
• Develop understanding of triads in major and minor keys
• Understand the harmonic implications of simple melodies
• Transform melodic material between different tonalities
• Develop skills in two-part hearing
• Improve sight-reading and transcription skills (dictation).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Have greater confidence with aural recognition of pitch relationships in melody and harmony
• Understand and recognise underlying harmony in music
• Sight-sing music with greater confidence
• Transcribe music with greater confidence
• Gain deeper understanding of pitch relationships in different tonalities (e.g. major, minor).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is the third part of our solfa course. Students will now be familiar with the basics of the solfa method.
Students should be able to pitch notes with their voice, have knowledge of music theory to at least ABRSM grade 3 (or equivalent), and have some confidence with the relative sol-fa system.
You need to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English, and participate in class discussions and practical activities.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Your tutor will use a variety of techniques:
- tutor explanation and demonstration
- short revision videos and/or audio files (posted in Google Classroom)
- worksheets (posted in Google Classroom)
- group performing and individual demonstration tasks (e.g. clapping rhythms).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring manuscript paper and a pencil.
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 many singing, instrumental, ensemble or music appreciation courses.
Selena began her musical career as a composer, gaining a Dutch Government scholarship to study at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague with Louis Andriessen. As a student she won numerous prizes including BBC Young Composers, resulting in a commission for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. She has wide musical interests ranging from Renaissance counterpoint and the origins of tonality to twentieth-century composition techniques and electronic music. Selena performs in an experimental electronic music duo KOGG with Cerys Hogg. They create music by sampling vocals, sound objects, and home-made instruments, combining composed and improvised material. They have performed live and are producing an album. Selena has a keen interest in music pedagogy, particularly the social and cognitive benefits of music education, and is a specialist Kodály practitioner. She is also advisor in further education for the British Kodály Academy. Selena holds BMus (Hons), MMus and PGCE degrees, has held positions at Goldsmiths and Middlesex University and currently teaches at City Lit and Morley College.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.