Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm
Time: 15:45 - 17:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MG418
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
Discover the use and meaning of symbols for sounds in music. Musicianship is an essential supplement to practical music study for singers and instrumentalists in all genres and styles. Enjoy learning the mechanics of music and terminology in a group setting.
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?
- Introduction to pulse and time patterns; stress; tempo; time signatures; on/off beat; rhythm notation
- Introduction to melody and harmony; note names; staff notation; tones and semi tones; intervals
- major scale and the natural minor scale construction; aural key centre
- active listening and singing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the basics of music notation: writing, reading, sight-singing/-reading, following a score
- have a better understanding of how musical language works
- have a better understanding of how to read and practise
- Understand the importance of ear training and why we write things down
- Play rhythms and sing simple pitch and rhythm patterns.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for complete beginners. 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?
Tutor explanation and demonstration.
Practical exercises: listening, singing musical structures, clapping and playing rhythms.
Writing musical notation.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please have manuscript paper, pencil and eraser. All course materials will be supplied in the Google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Study of musicianship is an important support for practical music studies. From this course, you can progress to one of the Musicianship 2 courses and/or Music theory: grade 2.
For more details about Musicianship and Music theory, visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City Lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.
Sarha is an experienced teacher and gigging musician, performing on the saxophone, arranging and composing on the piano, in classical, jazz and world music genres. Her principal band, Bollywood Brass Band, is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style wedding band, performing tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood films. Twice nominated for Songlines World Music Awards, the band has performed across the world in concerts, festivals, and Indian weddings in the UK, Europe, India, Thailand and South Africa. Sarha played with Ghanaian Highlife band Orchestre Jazira, and socialist big band, The Happy End. She also plays in the Charlie Mingus jazz cover band Hog Callin’, The Great Yiddish Parade marching band and Freylekh klezmer band. Sarha’s specialist area is World Music, and she has a PhD on the study of the Flattened Supertonic across different cultures. At CityLit she teaches jazz and classical piano, saxophone, world music styles (practical and academic courses), musicianship and music theory.
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.