2018 Bayimba Music Course Modules

MODULE -1: HARMONY (compulsory)

Module Description
This course introduces participants to the basics of music theory focusing on the components of harmony such as intervals and scales. The Student will also be equipped with the basic tools for reading, writing and analysing music.

Learning Outcome
The students will be able to read and write music using notation. They will also be able to identify and write simple intervals (ascending and descending), as well as the major scale and its modes. The students will be able to illustrate this knowledge on both the piano and staff (music notation).

MODULE-2: BODY PERCUSSION (Compulsory)

Module Description
Body percussion is a practical way to learn and maintain rhythmic security because it allows the exploration of different rhythms without the need for instruments or written music. The body is the instrument. The Student will use drumming on the body, stamping, rhythmic speech, singing and snapping fingers so that rhythm becomes an all-encompassing experience for body, senses, soul and intellect.

Learning Outcome
Using the body as a percussion instrument, students will internalise the fundamentals of rhythm focusing on the concepts of beat, tempo, counting, subdivisions and groupings. By experiencing and understanding rhythm as individuals and in a group setting, this course will also expand participants’ rhythmic horizons using the body.

MODULE-3: RHYTHMIC READING & WRITING (Compulsory)

Module Description
This course introduces participants to the basics of rhythmic notation focusing on note values, meter, as well as binary subdivisions and counting. It helps participants to develop their rhythmic understanding and accuracy independent of pitch.

Learning Outcome
Students will be able to identify different notes (whole, half, quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes), note values, as well as the concepts of meter, binary subdivisions and counting. They will be able to read and write simple rhythmic patterns in different basic metres.

MODULE-4: EAR TRAINING (Compulsory)

Module Description
This is a course that introduces students to hearing and interpreting musical sounds. Students will be taught how to aurally identify simple intervals, pitches, and scales.

Learning Outcome
This course will improve a participant’s musical ability by helping them develop a more intuitive understanding of what they hear in music. The students will be able to sing the major scale as well as several intervals, namely; Major 2nd, Minor 2nd, Major 3rd, Minor 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Major 6th, Major 7th and octave (ascending and descending).

MODULE-5: MAIN INSTRUMENT (Voice, Piano, Bass, Guitar or Drums – Select one Instrument Option)

Module Description
The students will be taught the fundamental basics of the instruments such as parts of the instrument, playing posture, tuning, and warm up exercises. They will have a good grounding in basic technique. The students will be expected to carry their own instruments for these classes, which they will also use to practice what is learnt in class.

Learning Outcome
The students will be equipped with the knowledge on instrumental care and maintenance, tuning, warm up exercises, posture and playing techniques

MODULE-6: KEYBOARD HARMONY (Optional choice for advanced student)

Module Description
Introduction to the four chord types in the Major (Ionic) system, 1-3-7 & 1-7-3 voicing, the least movement principle, the cycle of fourths & fifths, applying 137 and 173 dominant 7 voicings to the cycle of 4ths

Learning Outcome
The students will be able to play minor 7 chords, 7th chords, Major 7 chords, using minimal voicings (3 part). They will be able to play the dominant 7 chords chain using the cycle of fifths