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There are three levels of course available for those who want to read music. I currently offer the first two levels at Bearwood Library starting this September.

Learn to Read Music 1 - Rhythm.

Learn to Read Music 2 - Melody.

Learn to Read Music 3 - Harmony.

After studying my degree in music, and having realised how elitist the formal music world can be, I am now determined that everyone, from every walk of life, should have the same opportunities that others have had.

In response to demand I have devised short intensive courses of study in learning to read music that will get you up and running with musical scores. All you will need ( apart from your enthusiasm ) is a retractable pencil, and a little later in the course, a blank stave book for when you start to write out scales, both of which I can supply to you on the day if you can't make the shops!

WHY HAVE I WRITTEN THESE COURSES?

Having worked with so many talented musical people, it is obvious to me what is holding some of them back from progressing further - and that is not understanding how to read or write down music. It occurred to me that just being able to understand the basics would help them enormously.

Like many people, my musical schooling was uninspiring and dull - despite being in a rock band at 16 years old, touring, recording and getting radio play, at no point did I ever link what I had learned at school with what I was doing creatively. Yet, as time went on, I began to realise that the people around me who were most successful either had parents who paid for them to have music lessons, or studied at specialist schools of music. This was a shock to me, as I had always believed that talent was somehow 'natural'. But I now know that much of the 'talent' we talk about can actually be taught - and furthermore, there is a large group of people who have been denied this opportunity.


WHY SHOULD I LEARN TO READ AND WRITE MUSIC?

You will immediately feel more confident when talking to people in the music industry.
People will take you more seriously if you can read at least a little music.
Nearly EVERYONE who makes it in the music industry studies music formally at some point.
Written music as we know it has been around for 400 years - it is not going to go away!
By doing something that many people can not be bothered to do, you will always HAVE THE EDGE.

If you play an instrument, being able to read a little music, and understanding basic theory, will help you enormously - in fact it is very likely that classical instrumentalists already read a little music. 

But there are also many other creative types who tend to be self-taught, who will immediately benefit:

SINGERS:

You will be able to follow musical lines from some of the most famous and beautiful pieces of choral music.
Very quickly you will be able to go from beginner to intermediate to advanced choral singing.
You will be able to write down your musical ideas - the most common reason for artistic failure is FORGETTING YOUR GOOD IDEAS.
You will be able to sell yourself much better.

SONGWRITERS:

Again, forgetting good ideas is the bane of the songwriter - you will be able to jot down notes, wherever you are.
As you grow as a songwriter, you will need other artists to play your songs - you will be taken far more seriously if they are notated.
You may eventually be able to sell your songs as sheet music.

DRUMMERS:

You will be able to write down your rhythms.
You will be able to rehearse difficult parts with ten times more efficiency if they are written down.
You will be able to teach other people.


And of course, if you have younger siblings or children, you will be able to help them with their music school work. It's a WIN-WIN for you and the people around you that you love!



WHAT WILL I LEARN EACH WEEK?


LEARN TO READ MUSIC - RHYTHM 

Tutor: Scott Pawsey BA (Hons) Music, Cert Ed.

Course Aims.

In five hours the learner will understand the fundamental concepts that have contributed to the ways in which traditional Western tonal music is formally represented, and be able to match notation with a piece of music, and be able to write simple notation after hearing a piece of music.

 

RHYTHM part I

Introduction and definition of some musical terms

Learning musical terms through examples and exercises – beat, metre, and tempo.

Naming of parts – heads, stems and tails

Writing crotchets or quarter notes, and their rests, to 3/4, 4/4 and 5/4 metres

Writing minims or half notes, and their rests, to 3/4, 4/4 and 5/4 metres

 

RHYTHM part II

An introduction to compound and varying / irregular time metres

Writing quavers ( eight notes ) and their rests.

Writing semi-breves ( whole notes ) and their rests.

Writing dotted and tied notes.

Exercises

 

 

LEARN TO READ MUSIC - MELODY

 

THE TREBLE CLEF, SCALES AND MELODY part I

An introduction to scales used in music.

Writing out simple tunes in the C major scale

Playing simple scales and melodies at a keyboard.

Case study

 

THE TREBLE CLEF, SCALES AND MELODY part II

Writing out the G and F scales.

The anacrusis

Case study

Using accidentals

Exercises

 

CONTACT ME: help@micm.co.uk


CONTACT ME: help@micm.co.uk

 

 

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