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Module 06:

– Posted in: Global Music Campus

Rhythmic/Melodic Reading & Writing I

Learning Outcome:

On completion of Rhythmic/Melodic Reading & Writing I, the students will be able to read all the binary meters rhythmically, up to 16ths note values including dots and ties and transcribe given rhythms or rhythmic phrases, they will be able to identify and clap meter changes including odd time signatures and identify and clap 8th note shifts. The students will be able to read and play binary melodic notation in treble and bass clef up to 16th note values and will be able to read and play simple songs including both bass lines and melodies using simple forms with introductions, interludes, repeat bars, codas in different keys using accidentals and key signatures. They will also be able to transcribe simple melodies

Module Description:

The Rhythmic/Melodic Reading & Writing module has a duration of 2 semesters and consists of two courses, Rhythmic Reading and Writing I and Melodic Reading I. The contact teaching time for each course is 60 minutes per week and is evaluated through graded practical and written/aural exams at the end of each semester.

Facilitators:

  • Martin Lillich
  • Will Ramsay
  • Abiy Woldemariam
  • Dietrich Woehrlin

Total Credit Points: 12

Melodic Reading

The film shown here shows an extract from the Melodic Reading program designed for the Global Music Campus. It is intended for use in Music schools in Africa.This group course is a step by step introduction to reading African melodies using all the elements musicians are likely to encounter when playing African music. It was designed for Marimbas but the exercises can also be played on Keyboards. It uses a simple and practical methodology which goes hand in hand with the Rhythmic Reading and Writing module.

Rhythmic Reading and Writing

The film shown here shows an extract from the Rhythmic Reading and Writing program designed for the Global Music Campus. It is intended for use in music schools in Africa. This group course is a step by step introduction to reading all the rhythms you would encounter in African music. It uses a simple and practical system which can be practiced in groups without instruments. The European rhythmic notation system is a very practical tool which can make a big contribution to capturing and preserving cultural expressions. It can be taught in an entirely different context using regional rhythms. At the same time being able to read and write rhythms in their own culture will empower musicians in Africa to co-operate and exchange with musicians from around the world in an efficient way.