Sing for Understanding

Improve your Musicianship with the Kodály approach
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 40 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

This is an introductory course for developing your musicianship through singing. The voice is the first instrument because we all have one and it is free! As a result of making the sound ourselves, we can gain more understanding of the musical concepts than making the sound with an external instrument. This course is not a technical singing course, it does not cover vocal techniques. .

The following approach is used in this course:

Listen ---- Sing ----- Play

From singing simple songs, learners will gain a basic understanding of pulse, rhythm and pitch. They will be able to apply their understanding onto their instruments and specifically the piano.

As well as listening skills, this course also introduces reading simple notation and from the stave in solfa. This course does not use letter names.

This course would be suitable for those who has limited musical experience and those who wants to develop their musicianship through singing. It is also suitable for those who wants to improve their sight reading and singing skills.

What are the requirements?

  • It would be ideal if you have a keyboard before starting this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify and tap the pulse for simple songs
  • Identify the rhythm in simple songs
  • Say rhythmic simple patterns in rhythm names
  • Read simple rhythm patterns in rhythm stick notation using rhythm names
  • Conduct in duple metre
  • Sing simple songs in sm and lsm tone sets
  • Identify s and m (black keys) and play Cherry Pie on the piano
  • Identify the interval of minor thirds on different starting pitch on the piano
  • Identify l, s and m (black keys) and play Bounce High Bounce Low on the piano
  • Identify the interval of major seconds on different starting pitch on the piano
  • Sight sing melodies in sm and lsm tone sets

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is suited to students who has little musical experience or for those who wish to develop their musicianship through an aural vocal approach.
  • It is also suitable for those who wants to improve their note reading skills in solfa

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Section 1: Welcome to the course
Section 2: Cherry Pie
Pulse and Rhythm
Rhythm names and Stick Notation
Time Signature and Duple Metre
Duple Metre Conducting
Pitch, Handsigns, Solfa and Rhythm Solfa
s m Toneset
Interval and s m on piano
Interval formation on piano
s and m on music stave
Stem Directions and practice
s and m sightsinging
s m canon
Section 3: Bounce High Bounce Low
Pulse, rhythm and stick notation
Pitch, handsign, solfa and rhythm solfa
l s m tone set
Major second Interval and l s m on the piano
Tones and semitones: Major second interval formation on piano
s and l on music stave
l s m stave writing
l s m sightsinging
Section 4: Conclusion

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Instructor Biography

Cecilia Yeung, Pianist, Piano and Musicianship Teacher

Cecilia graduated from the University of New South Wales and gained qualifications in music and music education. Qualified as a classroom music teacher, she has experience teaching all ages and abilities in group settings in Australia and United Kingdom. She also has experience teaching piano from elementary to advanced levels and prepared students for practical and theory examinations. She is also an advanced flute player.

Over the years, Cecilia has gained knowledge and understanding of pedagogical approaches to teaching her students. During her stay in the United Kingdom, she discovered the Kodály concept of music education, which transformed her teaching and learning of music. Since then, she strongly advocates for the importance of sound before symbol in learning music and the development of musicianship skills in order to become a rounded musician.

Cecilia has completed the Professional Certificate in Kodály Concept of Music Education from the University of Roehampton and Certificate of Piano Teachers’ Course (European Piano Teachers Association), She is combining her skills to help many students improve their musicianship and play their instruments with clear understanding.

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