Time: 18:30 - 20:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MG999
Duration: 4 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
Suitable for students who want to develop their musicianship with a focus on sight singing. Through vocal work and the application of tonic solfa (moveable doh) you will internalise the fundamental building blocks of music, developing skills in reading, memorising and transcribing melody and rhythm.
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?
• Recognise and hear pitch and scale patterns in melody
• Improve your reading and transcription of rhythm
• Learn to identify diatonic scales
• Improve your sight-reading of melody.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Have improved your aural recognition of pitch relationships in music
• Have improved your aural recognition of rhythmic relationships in music
• Sight-sing music with greater confidence
• Gain deeper understanding of pitch relationships in different tonalities (e.g. pentatonic, major, minor).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should be able to pitch notes with their voice and be able to read music notation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The classes will comprise tutor explanation and demonstration as well as practical exercises in singing, listening, and transcription of melody lines. There will be no mandatory homework, but practice of the concepts between classes will be beneficial.
This course will be delivered online and will allow for some offline time to practise the tasks. To participate fully you will need :
- an email address
- a reliable internet connection
- a computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser, preferably google chrome
- your device will need a microphone and preferably a camera.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Have manuscript paper and a pencil. A keyboard or other instrument will be useful for audible pitch and key information for practice tasks. A tuner and tone generator app would also be useful for this purpose.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Musicianship 2 : aural training with solfa MG422a
There is a also a wide range of instrumental, singing and ensemble classes in classical, jazz and popular styles.
Selena began her musical career as a composer, gaining a Dutch Government scholarship to study at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague with Louis Andriessen. As a student she won numerous prizes including BBC Young Composers, resulting in a commission for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. She has wide musical interests ranging from Renaissance counterpoint and the origins of tonality to twentieth-century composition techniques and electronic music. Selena performs in an experimental electronic music duo KOGG with Cerys Hogg. They create music by sampling vocals, sound objects, and home-made instruments, combining composed and improvised material. They have performed live and are producing an album. Selena has a keen interest in music pedagogy, particularly the social and cognitive benefits of music education, and is a specialist Kodály practitioner. She is also advisor in further education for the British Kodály Academy. Selena holds BMus (Hons), MMus and PGCE degrees, has held positions at Goldsmiths and Middlesex University and currently teaches at City Lit and Morley College.
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.