Solfège and Ear Training: Beginner 101 (Pentascales)
What you'll learn
- Have a thorough understanding of the first 5 notes of major and minor scales
- Develop your knowledge of solfège
- Train your ears to hear melodic movement with confidence
- Develop your knowledge of intervals and chords
- Enhance your overall musicianship at a fundamental level
- Taking the preliminary course will help you ease into this level.
- While you don't need to be a great singer, being able to sing on pitch is certainly helpful.
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, and now cover Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So and Do-Re-Me-Fa-So. In other words, the first 5 notes of major and minor scales. 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 major and minor scales. Because this course works with 5 note scales, we can now also introduce major and minor chords. Now we have theory and ear tests on intervals, chords, and pentascales.
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:
- Instrumentalists hoping to improve their confidence within melody writing and improvisation
- Singers hoping to hone their pitch and understanding of melodies
- Composers and music producers hoping to improve their understanding of melodies and their relation to scales
- Students looking to improve their knowledge of solfege before applying it within a post-secondary setting
- Students preparing for post-secondary ear test exams
- Pianists looking for supplementary material to compliment the '4-start Sight Reading and Ear Tests' 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".