Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm

Course Dates: 18/01/22 - 22/03/22
Time: 16:15 - 17:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Learn to name and recognise what you hear, to organise music notation, write it and read it. These practical and academic sessions are suitable for absolute beginners, which may include students who play by ear and do not read yet.
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Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00

Course Code: MG400

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Tue, day, 18 Jan - 22 Mar '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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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.

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
- Play simple rhythms and sing pitch and rhythm patterns.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for complete beginners and novice musicians. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and write staff notation.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Tutor explanation and demonstration.
Practical exercises in the classroom: listening, singing, clapping and playing rhythms.
Writing staff notation.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please have manuscript paper, pencil, eraser. All other materials will be supplied for class and 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.

Cerys Hogg Tutor Website

Cerys Hogg is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser. Whilst studying Fine Art, specialising in performance art and installation, she developed her musical skills through performing as a jazz vocalist, drummer and pianist. A scholarship allowed her to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the post-graduate Jazz and Studio Music course. Here she specialised in jazz voice developing a personal approach to improvisation, harmony and arranging. Currently Cerys is combining her work as both multimedia artist and musician. She performs in KOGG, an experimental electronic music duo with fellow City Lit tutor, Selena Kay. Together they create music by sampling vocals, sound objects, and home-made instruments, combining composed and improvised material. They have performed live and are in the process of creating an album. An experienced teacher with a PGCE from the Institute of Education, Cerys has a reputation for delivering entertaining and engaging classes. She has a drive to demystify the elements of music, making it an accessible and enjoyable experience for all.

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.