Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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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.
Angèle Veltmeijer is a multi-instrumentalist who plays flute, clarinet, saxophone and keyboards. She enjoys playing a wide variety of musics, from folk to jazz and circus to West African highlife. She has performed and toured in Europe and Africa, playing in venues ranging from the Royal Albert Hall to many local venues. She has played live and recorded with Ivy Benson, Orchestra Jazira, Brian Kennedy, Annie Whitehead, Jimmy Somerville, Carol Grimes, Bessa, Alfred Karri Bannerman, Bob Graham, and Big Bands including lead alto in Morley College jazz orchestra, Studio 9 Orchestra, Sussex Jazz Orchestra, Brighton Big Band. Her own ensembles include Angèle Veltmeijer Quartet and Angel’s Horns. Angèle composes and arranges, and her music has been played and recorded by several of the line-ups she has been associated with. Angèle learned to play the saxophone at City Lit with Kathy Stobart whose firm yet compassionate teaching has remained an inspiration. Angèle enjoys passing on the thrill of making music. At City Lit she has taught saxophone, flute, jazz and pop piano, musicianship, jazz improvisation and transcription.
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.