Musicianship 3: sight singing
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.
Course Code: MG409
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
To improve your sight singing and aural skills generally: this course is not just for singers! Sight-singing helps instrumentalists develop their aural and sight-reading skills too.
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?
- interpreting and singing from staff notation
- learning tunes by ear and by reading
- regular practice of interval recognition and reproduction
- reading and writing rhythm
- sight-singing exercises in major keys
- solo line and part-singing (singing in harmony).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise and sing any interval from the tonic in major keys.
- Count, read and sing melodies in major keys
- Hold a harmony line in part-singing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You must be able to read and write staff notation, and sing in tune.
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?
A practical class where you will listen, read, sing, count, and perform coordination exercises. Some music writing tasks included.
Practice between classes is essential to making progress in this discipline..
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Use manuscript paper, pencil and eraser. Music materials and resources for learning will be supplied in the google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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.