Musicianship Classes

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If your preferred class is fully booked, please add your name to a waiting list as we will always consider opening another class if there is sufficient interest.

Who are the classes for?
The classes are for ANYONE! As we are offering classes at different levels there is something for everyone.

When do the classes start?
All classes start week beginning 20th September 2021 and places are strictly limited.

How many weeks will the classes last?
The classes will run for ten weeks

How much do the classes cost?
The set of 10 classes costs £125

How do I know which class to choose?
Each musicianship level will be taught on its own for 10 weeks. To help you decide, read the information below and click on the further link. There is such a wealth of material at every level to ensure deep learning.

Alan Murdock Level 1 for New Starters
Alan’s class is aimed at those with little or no musical experience working towards BKA Musicianship Level 1.

Helen Russell Level 2
Helen’s class is aimed at those who have previously completed a Level 1 class and are looking to develop their skills at BKA Musicianship Level 2.

Lynne Clark Level 3 and Level 4, and Chris Andrews Level 4 These classes are aimed at those who have musical experience, working towards BKA Musicianship Level 3. Students new to this level should attend Level 3, and those wishing to develop their skills further, who may have already worked with level 3 material, should attend Level 4.

Lucy Barlow Level 5
Lucy’s class is aimed at those who have attended musicianship sessions before and have covered material up to Level 4. These classes will work towards BKA Musicianship Level 5.

Lucinda Geoghegan Level 6
This class is for students who have may have already worked with level 5 material and wish to develop their skills further. Lucinda will work on the extension of pentatonic and diatonic music, altered pitches and modulation, the consolidation of simple, compound and irregular rhythmic elements, further introduction to the modes, consolidation of harmony, with the introduction of sub-dominant harmony. More complex 3-part sing and play exercises, composition and improvisation. These classes will work towards BKA Musicianship Level 6.

Esther Hargittai Level 7
Esther’s class is more advanced – The content covered will be further and more advanced work on modes being sung in both authentic and modern solfa, major/minor/modal transformations, modulation, triads and inversions. The main focus will be on skill training as musical memory, dictation, part work, improvising, ear training and more. Esther’s class will work towards BKA Musicianship Level 7.

Andrew Davidson Level 8
Andrews class requires secure knowledge at Level 7 and will work towards BKA Musicianship Level 8

Esther Hargittai Level 9
The main focus will be on skill training as musical memory, dictation, part work, improvising, ear training and more. 20th century music (folk, Bartók, Kodály) with mirroring the past, visiting past styles, forms, scales and more. Working towards BKA Musicianship Level 9.

Areti Lymperopoulou Level 10
Areti’s class will include modulation to more distant keys and work towards BKA Musicianship Level 10

Katalin Körtvési Advanced – Stylistic Knowledge
For those who have completed all the levels successfully and wish to extend their knowledge, and focus on an overview of one of the great musical eras: renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic… The main focus will be on skill training as musical memory, dictation, part work, improvising, ear training and more.

NEW Demystifying Dictation: a five-week series of classes at two levels to support musicianship studies: (£40 for a unit of 5 sessions) Level One for those studying at Musicianship 3 or 4; Level Two for those studying at Musicianship Level 5 or 6

Can I do an assessment at the end of the course?
Yes there is the option to do the course for assessment, but it is not compulsory. Please note however, these musicianship modules will be part of the new BKA Certificate course, so successful completion of the assessment would mean that you will already have one of the modules towards certification.

How do I get more information?
Any course questions should be raised before submitting the booking form – email Lucinda Geoghegan on education@kodaly.org.uk
For bookings once made, the Administrator is Margaret Oliver shop@kodaly.org.uk
For financial questions, contact John Oliver on treasurer@kodaly.org.uk

How do I book?
All our online courses and classes are available to book online. The dates and times can be viewed and selected on the booking form. These times will change as classes fill up so don’t delay. You will receive a confirmation email with your booked class time. Don’t worry if your booked class time disappears from the booking form, it just means your class is now full. If your preferred class is fully booked, please add your name to a waiting list as we will always consider opening another class if there is sufficient interest. Booking now open

Click for more details of the BKA Musicianship Levels and Conducting Curriculum