Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MG410
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 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.
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, coordination exercises.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the fundamentals of music notation: writing, reading, sight-singing, listening, 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 simple 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 to music theory, although you may already play music or compose songs.
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, walking on the spot, clapping, playing and speaking rhythms. Writing and reading music notation. Guided listening.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Have manuscript paper, pencil and eraser. Course materials and resources for learning are available 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.
Matt is a singer-songwriter, arranger and choir director. He has studied jazz performance at Trinity Laban, and has performed as a percussionist and lead singer with Rhythms of the City, the London-based samba group, for 8 years. He is the leader and arranger for two community vocal groups, with repertoire ranging from close-harmony jazz to polyphonic covers of folk songs and alternative pop. He has been teaching a range of courses at the City Lit since 2012, including musicianship, sight-singing, jazz vocal improvisation, and harmony. He is particularly interested in rhythm and improvised music, and in the release of innate creativity and self-expression in the performing arts. His TEDx talk, "A song you could never sing", is available on YouTube.
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.