Solfège and Ear Training: Beginner 201 (Major)
What you'll learn
- Become more familiar with the degrees of a major scale
- Find out what solfège contributes to the major sound
- Improve your overall knowledge of solfège
- Train your ear through plenty of ear tests
- It's recommended that you take the previous courses within this series as they will help you transition into this level with ease.
- Being able to sing on pitch will help you get the most out of these classes.
Have you ever wondered how to think of melodies in a way where you can make sense of the notes?
Are you sick of melodic information being vague and unfamiliar?
Are you looking to expand your musicianship and learn the vocabulary of solfege to help you gain context for your melodic decisions?
You've come to the right place!
We're going to expand from our previous course on pentascales, and now cover Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do. In other words, the full major scale. Building these courses in small chunks allows students to saturate in each scale's environment, learning it's colors and characteristics, and then expanding their knowledge with each additional course.
This beginner course offers all of the information you'll need before progressing into the full minor scales. We are going to continue to add new intervals, major 6th and major 7th, as well as explore diminished and dominant 7th chords. The number of ear tests in this course is HUGE, so get ready to be tested on numerous ways of hearing major solfege, and it's relation to chords.
Designed to teach absolute beginners, or help fill in some knowledge of intermediate level students, this course is worth going through even if you think you know the basics well. You never know which rock you'll overturn to find out something new within this vast topic of solfege!
Solfege helped me personally as a musician, as it gave me a language to make sense of how I was coloring my jazz chords as a pianist, and gave me an understandable vocabulary as a soloist so that my improvisations had intent and confidence behind them. Solfege is now always available to me to better understand and demystify the music I listen to, as well as inform my decisions as a composer and performer.
You don't have to be a pro singer to take these courses, BUT being able to sing on pitch is a solid benefit. You can think of understanding pitch sort of like understanding a language. If you only ever read it or think it, you can still understand it, but as you get speaking it your understanding of the language becomes more developed and confident. So, even if you don't sing well, at least try your best during the ear test portions.
This course is NOT a course on sight singing. While the material covered will certainly help you improve your ability to sight sing, providing you have separate instruction as to how to develop that specific skill, these classes will not cover any form of music notation at this stage. From taking these courses you will eventually be able to understand note selection in melodies of songs you hear, and have more confidence when writing your own melodies. However, singing music off of a staff will not be developed until later courses.
So, if you're ready to demystify melodies, improve your musicianship, and improve your understanding of scales and solfege, then this course is for you.
Who this course is for:
- Beginner singers looking to better understand solfège and the major scale
- Composers / Music Producers looking to improve their understanding of melodies
- Music theory enthusiasts looking to test their ears
- Instrumentalists looking to improve their understanding of scale degrees
- Improvisers looking to be more intuitive with their melodic/harmonic decisions
- Musicians looking to improve their knowledge of solfege before taking a post-secondary entrance exam
- Pianists looking for supplementary material to compliment the '4-star Sight Reading and Ear Test' series
- Students in choir looking to accelerate their knowledge of solfège
Josh Cook is a musician and composer who is proud to call Toronto his home. Here in the city his musical talents have flourished to career highs. While educating himself at York University Josh earned his master’s degree in music composition and performed in a local band called Cool Man Cool. The band's success earned them an opportunity to share the stage with the legendary Pharrell Williams (as N.E.R.D). Josh’s love for the studio blossomed while co-writing and producing Cool Man Cool's first full length studio album.
After Josh's minor success as a performing musician he began to focus on his true passion of digital composition and studio production. Josh has an extensive library of his own music, primarily within the electronic music genre, and he has worked with a number of other musicians including the local indie rock band Simcoe.
Josh’s never-ending creativity is not something he keeps to himself. For the past decade he has been teaching music and passing on his knowledge and skills to budding musicians throughout Toronto and the GTA.
Currently Josh is focusing his talents on a career in composing for film/video. Despite Josh’s love for audio he has always been inspired by the visual arts which provides him with the unique ability to bring images to life with his sonic creations.
Josh is now focusing his attention towards online courses, developing his social media presence, and composing music for media. His philosophy is "The more I learn, the more I teach. The more I teach, the more I learn".