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Towards CRCO and ARCO auralThursday 9th June 2022 (18:00) – Thursday 7th July 2022 (19:00)
Yes, the online format is great for aural work! You can practise whilst muted without the embarrassment of being put on the spot in front of others!
RCO Accredited Teacher Robin Harrison
, a contributor to The Routledge Companion to Aural Skills Pedagogy
, leads this course of five, weekly one-hour sessions ideal for those preparing for or considering CRCO
, or ABRSM grades 7–8 as well as those simply wishing to refresh their aural skills. Dates: Thursdays 18:00–19:00 hrs, 9, 16, 23, 30 June and 7 July.
This course is inspired by, but not specifically limited to the teachings of Kodály
and will make the most of the advantages of online teaching, allowing everybody to practise whilst muted, ask questions as needed, and avoid falling into the trap of waiting for someone else to ‘give the lead’. No one will be asked to sing aloud to the group! Just eight places are available and you must book for the series of five classes.
Join this course if you can sight-sing short simple melodies; see a rhythm and know exactly how it will sound; hold your part in a simple round. You will need a stable connection to the internet with a keyboard placed near your computer/tablet/phone.
- Separating lower pitches from upper pitches.
- Developing an aural understanding of chord inversions.
- Recognising cadences.
- Singing lower parts or bass lines.
- Further developing your ability to sing and hear in more than two parts.
- Developing vocal sequences.
- Adding melodic embellishments such as appoggiaturas, acciaccaturas, mordents etc.
- Developing an aural understanding of modulation.
- In the final session, working questions previosuly set for CRCO and ARCO aural.
By the end of the course you will:
- Have strategies that you can employ yourself to further develop.
- Be better able to identify differences between printed scores and notation.
- Be more able to separate notes in a chord or piece.
- Be more able to follow individual lines within a homophonic or contrapuntal texture.
- Be better at identifying chord inversions, simple progressions and cadences.
- Be more able to identify melodic embellishments and compositional devices.
- Have strategies to help identify modulations.
Each session will be recorded and available to those attending to rehearse with between classes and for a short time after the end of the course.
Click here to read about applying for an RCO bursary to support the course fees. Application deadline 1 May.
Fee: RCO Members £200 (five classes @ £40 each); Non-members £275 (five classes @ £55 each)