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Ear Training and Sight Reading Level 4

For instrumentalists and singers, this course provides a structured approach to the understanding and recognition of intervals and chords; scales, modes and melodic lines; developing practical skills in dictation and transcription; leading to a confident basis for sight-reading, improvisation and the development of melodic and harmonic line. Classes will be held in a shared group context, using sol-fa as a tool. This method helps students to develop relative pitch, so that they are... [More]

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Ear Training and Sight Reading Level 5

If you have completed Ear Training and Sight Reading Level 4, or have a reasonable familiarity with the sol-fa system, this ongoing class will extend your capacity to hear and understand melodies, chords, harmonies and rhythm. Whether you are a singer or an instrumentalist, it will help you to develop your inner ear so that you can write down what you hear and hear what is written in the score. You will develop a greater understanding of pitch and improve your sight reading using... [More]

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Music Composition

The aim of the Music Composition course is to provide participants with the basic knowledge and compositional techniques required to work in the style that they wish to explore. Participants will work on a range of composition activities to generate ideas and subsequently shape them into a musical work. Each week students receive feedback and advice going forward from both the tutor and fellow peers. Different topics will be discussed and explored including: • Finding inspiration... [More]

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The Enquiring Listener

Have you ever heard a piece of music and been captured by it, but not been able to say why? Have you ever tried to learn to play or sing a piece of music, but struggled to understand what makes it tick? Want to know more? Then this unique course is for you! In this course you will learn to be more discriminate and curious in your approach to music, both aurally and in the written form. Recordings will become full of familiar touch points and music scores will become treasure maps,... [More]

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The Enquiring Listener - extension

This course is open to those who have previously attended at least one term of The Enquiring Listener, or through discussion with the tutor. The course will provide the opportunity to revise the concepts covered in The Enquiring Listener couse, and then to deepen your knowledge by applying these analytical skills in greater detail to various pieces of repertoire. Each term, this course will explore a selection of varied repertoire drawn from the subscription series of major... [More]

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Songwriting

This course will look at various great songwriters and their methods and explore some fundamentals of songwriting by covering the following areas: Song analysis (listening to classic songs and analysing how they work and how the song is structured). Focusing on: chord structures, melodic ideas and touching lyrical content. Setting lyrics to music and music to lyrics. Writing music based on an existing drum beat. Analysing characteristics of genres. Discussing song structures:... [More]

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Voice Works

One in three of the working population are considered professional voice users who need their voices to work effectively. Healthy, efficient and enduring vocal use is based on practical techniques that are common to both good speaking and singing. This practical skills-based 6 week course aims to provide anyone who would like to use their voice more effectively with the fundamentals of how the voice works, how to use it better and how to look after it. Teachers, singers, voice... [More]

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