Centred around the piano, but focused on skills applicable to any discipline, the course includes rhythm games and practical demonstrations as well as voluntary student participation.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with a keen interest in developing their musical skills and awareness, whether for your own enjoyment or in order to prepare for a theory examination. If you already play an instrument or sing in a choir, this course will support your practice and increase the speed at which you learn.
You will learn
- A quick recognition of keys and tonality of Western music
- Understanding of time signatures, note values and rhythmic patterns
- Know how to read both treble and bass clefs
- Ability to sight-read a simple vocal line.
Meet the Tutor
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, Helen sang as a soprano soloist at English National Opera, The Linbury Studio, Garsington Opera and Chelsea Opera Group, and The Phantom of the Opera, as well as many premieres of new work. In 2017, Helen produced the UK premiere of The Juniper Tree by Philip Glass. She gave her first Ted Talk, ‘Tell me the truth about Opera’ at Cass Business School. Helen’s book Singing Tips at your Fingertipswas described by The Guardian as ‘The place to find the singer within’.
Week by Week
Week 1 - Tuesday 5 November
Recognising musical intervals.
Week 2 - Tuesday 12 November
Identifying major, minor, dominant 7th, half-diminished and diminished chords.
Week 3 - Tuesday 19 November
Understanding chromaticism, dissonance and concordance.
Week 4 - Tuesday 26 November
Glossary of musical terms and their meaning.
Week 5 - Tuesday 3 December
Phrasing, cadences and sequences.
NB The above outline is intended to give a good indication of what material students can expect to cover during the course, but the exact content of the course may differ.
Need to Know
- 18:30 - 20:30
- Helen Astrid
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