Sight Singing Made Easy
An Introduction to Sight Singing
Next course starts 1 May 2019.
‘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 practised of course, it’s amazing how quickly it became second nature!’
– R. Fitzpatrick
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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!
Participating students should purchase An Introduction to Sight Singing, Part 1 by A. Forbes Milne (Stainer & Bell), as well as an A4 music manuscript book – both available from Waltons or most good music shops – before 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.
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 Irish traditional music groups to rock bands. He has taught guitar, music theory and Leaving Cert. Music at the New School since 2004.
‘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
‘The course is challenging [and] great fun. The teacher is very helpful without being patronising, and the material progresses quickly.’
– N. Casey
‘An excellent introduction to sight singing for beginners – a lot simpler than I thought it would be!’
– S. Delaney
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2018-2019 Third Term Course Schedule
9 weeks, 1 May – 26 June 2019
Wednesdays 7.30 – 8.30 pm
Course alone: €125
Students concurrently enrolled for other tuition at the school: €75
Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course fee. Places are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. A number of our group courses fill in advance of their start dates, and early enrolment is recommended.
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