Saturday, November 1, 2008

Planning your continued (music) education?

It's the end of the year and you may be thinking "I'd like to study something at uni next year to broaden the mind and keep the brain cells exercised". So how about a little music?

Perhaps you are not formally trained in music (or not much anyway), but you really enjoy singing in the choir and you passed the audition! So there you are, rehearsal after rehearsal, wishing you were just a little more adept at sight-singing. Well, I was once one of those, until I enrolled for MUSI 110 Musicianship Skills (a couple of years ago) at the University of Otago. Now I feel I am a little better, though I still bow humbly before the experts.

I was lucky to have Holly Mathieson as tutor in the practical sessions - she was really great and had some very useful tips to share with the class. She may not be involved at present, since she is busy working on her doctorate in music - something to do with the iconography of conductors.

Peter Adams presented a part of the lectures and he had the class spell-bound! What an interesting experience.

So I would highly recommend this course to any chorister:

MUSI 110 Musicianship Skills
No prior musical knowledge is required (second semester)

For a musician, the ears are the window to both the soul and the mind. To be able to hear a piece of music, even for the first time, and identify features of harmony, rhythm or the scale it employs is vital to the professional musician. Students learn basic skills in guitar, keyboards, sight-singing and choral singing. This paper develops students' knowledge of musical vocabulary by honing their listening skills in conjunction with practical instrumental skills and some basic musical notation of the elements of pitch and rhythm.

Assessment: 100% internal

No comments: