Music Theory and Ear Training
This module concentrates on teaching the fundamentals of music theory. It covers the language of music, the recognition of tones, harmonies and rhythm and how to translate that into a written form. This module will teach you to listen to intervals and recognize the relationship between notes and understand the context of this in terms of songs and music.
By the end of Level 2 a successful student should be able to:
Be able to aurally identify all triads
Use extended chords
Have a knowledge of modes, how they are linked to the major scale and what they are used for
Develop a basic knowledge of harmony through extending chords and harmonising with simple melodies
By the end of Level 1 a successful student should be able to:
Aurally Identify all intervals.
Read basic notated score in both treble and bass clef.
Develop their knowledge of intervals and how they are used to build triads.
Use all Major and Minor scales.
All lessons in this module from the middle of term 1 should have at least ten minutes of ear training as well as the theory content.
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InstrumentThese classes focus on tuition on your chosen instrument. It will help you understand your instrument and the techniques used in performing.
For example, drummers will learn stick technique and hand/foot coordination. Guitarists will learn scales, bar chords, fingering techniques (left hand) and strumming techniques (right hand) building harmonic and rhythmic abilities. Bass guitar students will learn right and left hand techniques and rhythm. Vocal students will understand the body as an instrument and how to control breathing and tone. Keyboard students will learn scales, posture and correct hand technique.
Please see Pro Level 1 Instrument section for Learning Outcomes in each instrument.
The Ensemble course is designed for students to get the experience of performing on a weekly basis with other students. Through the learning of repertoire they will gain the skills needed to be able to perform with almost any ensemble and display a level of professionalism in a performance situation.
By the end of the Ensemble Skills course a successful student should be able to:
Rehearse and perform an accurate representation of a piece of music independently.
Apply instrumental techniques relevant to the style of music through the performance.
Show group co-operation and a good work ethic to produce a live product.
Develop stage presence and performance techniques to create an engaging and professional performance.
Develop an awareness of the above so that they can display it in giving feedback to peers.
Stay in time as a group, without the aid of a teacher.
Develop their ear so that they can pick out other instrument parts in order to keep in time in a live setting and tell when they are out of tune with the rest of the band.
Play with any ensemble outside of school displaying the professionalism and dedication that it takes to succeed.
All performance students during their time in level one will have the opportunity to perform at 15 school organized gigs and put their names forward to audition for placements on gigs in the wider music scene.
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History and Context of Music
The History and Context of Music module is designed to give students exposure to a wide range of different musical styles. Through this they will learn about where these styles came from, the cultural points that gave birth to them and their lasting influence on the music that came afterwards.
By the end of the Music History and Context of Music course a successful student should be able to:
Develop an understanding of the history of recorded music.
Identify the most prominent genres of music from the history of popular music since 1910, and describe the features of those particular genres.
Assess the importance of different genres to the development of popular music and where we find ourselves today.
Examine how culture and society influenced genres and some of the most prominent artists from the last 100 years.
Continuously develop knowledge of the links between different styles of music through the history of popular music.
Students will have the opportunity to study the beginnings of Western Popular music and the history of and influences that styles such as Blues, Jazz, Folk, Gospel, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Soul and many others have had on the music that we listen to and make today.
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These classes focus on basic keyboard techniques and arrangement skills as more often than not a producer’s main instrument will be a midi keyboard. These lessons are designed to feed directly into the music production lessons and skills studied will be transferable across the two subjects.
By the end of Level one a successful student should be able to:
Play all Major and Minor triads.
Play all Major scales and Harmonic minor scales.
Interpret Lead sheets to be able to play with other musicians.
Play Left hand arpeggios with a right hand melody
Play two handed triads.
Develop an appreciation of style.
Students will have the opportunity to play the keyboard parts for songs like “Let it Be” by the Beatles, “Lay, Lady, Lay” by Bob Dylan, “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis and “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones.
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Music production is a combination of teaching techniques and skills needed to manipulate logic and similar digital software tools. Students will also show their proficiency throughout the term on various assignments. In addition to software sequencing skills students will learn recording skills and basic mixing.
By the end of Level 1 a successful student should be able to:
Display a high level of fluency with the use of DAW, having a basic ability to edit, record, synthesise, sequence, understand signal flow, mix projects and use sampling.
Develop a basic understanding of the physics of recording in order to explain why certain techniques are used over others.
Identify broad genre definitions and compose to those genres.
Give constructive peer feedback and verbalise their own ideas in order to pitch them to others.
A level of competency in computing skills.
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ELECTIVESHere's a list of electives that you can opt for while doing this course:
Practical Studio Engineering
Creative Mixing and Mastering
Live Sound Engineering:Basics
Live Sound Mixing
Basic Acoustics & System Design
DJ 101 (VINYL DJ)
DJ 202 (CD DJ)
DJ 303 (TURNTABLISM)
DJ 404 (Traktor DVS)
DJ 707 (Maschine)