Sight Singing Course for Beginners
Next course starts 26 April 2017.
Sight singing is the skill of turning written music into sound (and song), by making sense of such elements as rhythm, intervals, key signatures and phrasing. Anyone who has ever studied voice or sung in a choir knows the importance of sight singing. But it is a valuable skill for all musicians to develop, since it will vastly improve your ability to read music at sight, as well as your pitch sense and rhythmical accuracy.
Waltons New School of Music's Sight Singing Made Easy course combines essential music theory (treble and bass clefs, notes and note values, time signatures, frequently used terms and signs) with a practical approach to sight singing informed by the ‘Kodály Method’ of ear training.
The course will simultaneously develop your music reading skills and practical sight singing – incorporating such elements as pitch, tuning, rhythm and solfège (do-re-mi, etc.). And you will learn to use ‘inner hearing’ to picture how notes sound without actually hearing them. Once your aural skills are developed, sight singing at the correct pitch becomes simple.
While a lot of ground is covered each week and homework given, the approach is both enjoyable and student-friendly. This course is for anyone who has ever wanted to pick up a song or a piece of sheet music and sing. It’s easier than you think!
The course fee includes An Introduction to Sight Singing, Part 1 by A. Forbes Milne, as well as a McBrides 32-page Music Manuscript book. These will be made available to students at the first class.
Students concurrently enrolled for lessons or courses at the New School receive a 40% discount off the fee for Sight Singing Made Easy.
Sight Singing Made Easy is one of our group theory courses. Private, partner, small group and one-off 'intensive' sight singing, music theory and singing/voice lessons are also available for students at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Go to Music Theory & Sight Singing or Departments & Faculty – Voice (Singing) for more information.
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Comments from Students
'The course is challenging [and] great fun. The teacher is very helpful without being patronising, and the material progresses quickly.'
– N. Casey
'Sight singing is a skill that I thought was beyond me, but when it was broken down and explained well by an excellent teacher, and then practiced of course, it’s amazing how quickly it became second nature!'
– R. Fitzpatrick
'Eoin's easy manner gave me the courage to have a go even if I wasn't getting things right. By my own reckoning I have made huge progress since I began the course.’
– M. Byrne
'An excellent introduction to sight singing for beginners – a lot simpler than I thought it would be!'
– S. Delaney
Have you taken – or are you taking – this course? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire. Each term all feedback questionnaires are entered in a draw for a €50 gift token, which can be used either towards additional tuition at the school or for instruments, sheet music or accessories at Waltons Music shops.
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Eoin Mulvany, Teacher
Eoin was born and grew up in Kells Co. Meath, playing music and singing from a very young age. He received a first class honours degree from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in both music composition and classical guitar performance, coming top of his class in the teaching diploma course he also completed there. He also obtained a Master’s degree in composition from Dublin City University. In 2001 he was awarded the IMRO Young Irish Composer of the Future prize for Poynt: After Monet, a piece for solo piano, and in 2007 he received the Jerome Hynes / National Concert Hall Young Composer of the Year prize for PX, a composition for flute and piano. Eoin is an active composer and arranger for various ensembles, and he has had works performed in France, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Italy, the US and Ireland. As a performer, he has played and sung with groups ranging from jazz ensembles to classical choirs, and traditional Irish music groups to rock bands. He has taught guitar, music theory and Leaving Cert. Music at the New School since 2004.
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2016-2017 Third Term Course Schedule
10 weeks, 26 April – 28 June 2017
Wednesdays 7.30 – 8.30 pm
Course alone: €150
Students concurrently enrolled for private or group tuition at the school: €90
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Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course fee. Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. Most of our group courses are fully booked well in advance of their start dates, so early enrolment is recommended.
Purchasing this course as a gift? Please complete a Gift Certificate Booking Form.
Located in Dublin city centre, Waltons New School of Music is a comprehensive music centre, combining music tuition of the highest standard with innovative approaches to music education. The New School offers tuition in the broadest range of instruments and subjects of any music school in Ireland, for students of all ages, levels and abilities.
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