Musicianship 2: ear training
Time: 18:00 - 19:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MG987
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
Exploring the musical structures and strategies that are crucial to good aural recognition, and learning to hear, realise and notate musical patterns. Developing focus as part of our listening.
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?
- Systematic practice of intervals, rhythms, and recognition of form and quality of sound.
- Singing, writing examples, clapping, playing percussion, developing the short-term memory for musical fragments
- active listening
- basic skills and strategies for transcribing what you hear into musical notation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- hear and sing intervals up to an octave, and explore them within the major scale
- hear the major or minor quality of simple triads, and the movement within simple harmonic progressions
- keep a pulse, discern time signature, on-beat and off-beat rhythms
- identify the tonic and key of a melody
- understand how to apply practice routines.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Basic music reading skills, and experience of playing/singing music are essential.
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
Group practical exercises in listening, singing, intervals and time practice
Reading and writing examples of rhythm and melody
Listening to and appraising recorded music (variety of styles)
You will get the most from the course if you are able to practise between sessions; materials will be supplied to support your independent practice.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please have manuscript paper, pencil and eraser. Other materials will be supplied in the google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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.