This course is in in-depth journey through all the things that are present in a musical score. It will help you to understand the confusing mass of dots, lines, and words that are used. Together we will be to understand how you can engage more with the written notes, so that you can find newer, more interesting ways to express yourself through music.
Understand and engage with written music with the information you will gain from this course.
- Learn how to read the actual notes
- Understand how to read the rhythms
- Recognize the words that are used for speed, loudness, etc.
- Find out what the composer wanted to piece to sound like
- Learn how to add your own personality to the pieces that you play
Many composers and musicians choose to use musical notation to put their ideas down on paper. They have been doing this for hundreds of years, and for them, their music has endured past their death in its written form. Great musicians such as Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin have left their legacy in the form of pages of written music. Anybody that wishes to pursue a career in music would greatly benefit from knowing how to read.
Unlike other courses, which just help you to find certain notes on particular instruments, this course is designed to cover more of the music in more detail. You will finish the course with not only the ability to recognize notes, but also speed (called tempo), loudness (called dynamics), rhythms, and the expressive, emotive content of the written notes.
You will begin with learning about what each of the notes are called and how we write them in musical notation. We then proceed to look into rhythms, starting with very basic rhythms, going into more advanced examples. In each of these sections you will see numerous examples you guide you through the process.
From this basis you will start learning about things like tempo (speed) and dynamics (loudness). We will also see what other things composers use to tell you (the performer) what to do. From this, we look at a few real-life examples of musical notation, and you will see how all of the things we learnt about so far are used. The most incredible thing you will see is that most music uses the same things to say many different things.
We end up with a brief discussion of different ways of writing music, which may help you to see how any types of music can be written down.
Upon completing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion from the instructor, you will be welcome to submit topics that you want to be covered in more detail, and the doors to the fascinating world of music will be opened up to you.
- Some basic music knowledge
- A desire to learn more about music
- Identify the different elements present in sheet music
- Explain the importance and meaning of each of these elements
- Read any note
- Read and execute rhythms
- Understand the various expressive and performative instructions included in a score
- Find the key of a piece of music
- Identify and play various time signatures
- Make sense of large complicated scores
- Use notation as a means to record and store their own musical ideas
- Have a strong grounding to help them pursue theory, composition, production or song-writing courses
I engage with music on a daily basis. Whether it be performing on stage, writing and composing music, teaching my students, or working with the other teachers in the school, I have music with me.
I completed a BMus (Hons), and received numerous bursaries and awards over the course I my studies. I have also written music for the stage and screen, performed in bands across the country, and produced research.
I spend each day empowering my students to bring music into their lives, helping them to not only become better musicians, but also to become better people.
I live in Johannesburg with my fiance, enjoy motorcycles, hiking, reading and, of course, music.