Course Duration14 Weeks
Ph.D. in Enthomusicology from University of California, Berkeley
M.A. in ethnomusicology from University of California, Berkeley
M.M. in violin from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
M.M. in violin from University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory
B.A. in music and jewish Studies from Smith College
Violin teacher - Self-employed
Lecturer in music - University of California, Berkeley
Feelance violinist, including solo strolling violin - Self-employed
Tutor for Hebrew and Torah chanting - Self-employed
Translator and Copyeditor - Self-employed
Program Coordinator - Jewish Gateways
Academic Consultant - University Of California, Berkeley
Teacher for Bar and Bat Mitzvah class - Congregation Netivot Shalom
Founder and violinist - Meadowlark String Quartet
Founder And Violinist - Trio Fontana
Merav Singer has been teaching a similar course at the University of California, Berkeley for many years. It’s amazing for her to see how, in a matter of weeks, the students go from not being able to read music, to doing Roman numeral analysis. Students who can barely match pitch find themselves sight-singing! The joy on their face when they finally meet this life goal is something she treasures forever.
Introduction to Musical Theory and Practical Applications is a course that can be taken as a prerequisite to a beginner's course, or as a supplemental course to revisit and strengthen a musician's foundational skill set. Lessons take place once a week, in 60-minute long online lessons, over the duration of 14 weeks. A prelude to instrumental music, this musical theory, and practical application lessons can be successfully completed with, or without, the use of an instrument. The lessons included in this course are designed to benefit instrumental and vocal music.
This course begins by introducing students to the basics of notation-the system of symbols used to notate elements of music including meter, rhythm, and pitch. Once the basics are mastered the course continues to include the building blocks of harmony; keys, scales, intervals, triads and chord progressions. Finally, instructor Merav Singer guides students through the art of ear training so that students are prepared for sight-singing, which is singing from sheet music upon first sight, without preparation. Instructor Merav Singer’s lesson plan is designed to accommodate hobbyists as well as aspiring professional musicians. The lessons included will progress at the pace of each student.
With lessons tailored to suit each individual's needs, Merav Singers’ course is available to students with or without an instrument. Those considering enrollment need to ensure they have time not only to commit to the 60-minute weekly online music lessons, but to independent practice as well to ensure they derive the most from their course. As an experienced educator, Instructor Merav Singer developed a lesson plan that accommodates children, adults, and senior learners. Upon successful completion students will be able to understand musical notation, play/sing sheet music, sing by sight, and identify notes by ear.
About the Instructor: Instructor Merav Singer began studying violin at the young age of six with Lydia Mordokovitch as well as a student at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. Singer attained a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Smith College and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory. Later, Singer continued to add to her education further by achieving a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of California in Berkeley. During Singer’s professional career she has played with the Kansas City Symphony, toured Europe with the Camerata Lawrence, and performed with her own ensembles; the Meadowlark String Quartet, and Trio Fontana. Independently, Singer plays solo for public and private audiences while passing on her education as a lecturer in Music Theory and Ear Training at UC Berkeley.
This course will help you find notes with your voice, so that you can join your friends in singing, or hum along to your favorite song. Your knowledge of harmonic structure will deepen the way you listen to music. If you play an instrument, training your ear will improve your intonation and note reading. Knowing scales and chord progressions will help you understand what you’re playing and give you a foundation for improvising and writing music.
My university students have spontaneously remarked how helpful the musicianship course has been for playing their instrument. I know that my violin students can benefit from a course like this, which goes beyond what I can cover in lessons. And I’m constantly recommending it to people who tell me they wish they could sing. So here it is, just for you.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their student's progress in-depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
You do not need an instrument or any pre-knowledge to take this course, only curiosity and the desire to learn! Built with beginners in mind, there are no required prerequisites before enrollment. Students will need pen and paper for taking notes.