Introduction to Music Theory and Practical Applications

First Name
Merav
Last Name
Singer
Course Summary

Do you wish you could sing Happy Birthday without being embarrassed? Are you teaching yourself guitar and want to know more about chords? Musicianship skills can deepen the way you listen to music, improve your intonation, or help you improvise. The great thing is that you don’t need an instrument to learn musicianship. And if you do play one, you will learn even more.

Lives In

Daly City, CA
United States

Course Duration
14 Weeks
Number of Students per section
2
Course Level
Beginner
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$96.00

per week per student

1 week =
1
class
1 class =
60
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

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Instructor
First Name
Merav
Last Name
Singer
Number of years of relevant experience
30 Years Experience
From: United States
Teacher Skill Keywords
Music Theory
Musicianship
Study Details
Ph.D. in Enthomusicology
University of California, Berkeley
M.A. in ethnomusicology
University of California, Berkeley
M.M. in violin
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
M.M. in violin
University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory
B.A. in music and jewish Studies
Smith College
Work Details
Organization / Institute Name
Self-employed
Organization / Institute Name
University of California, Berkeley
Organization / Institute Name
Self-employed
Organization / Institute Name
Self-employed
Organization / Institute Name
Self-employed
Organization / Institute Name
Jewish Gateways
Organization / Institute Name
University Of California, Berkeley
Organization / Institute Name
Congregation Netivot Shalom
Organization / Institute Name
Meadowlark String Quartet
Organization / Institute Name
Trio Fontana
Organization / Institute Name
Lawrence Chamber Orchestra
Organization / Institute Name
Kansas City Symphony

Course Details

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.

The ipassio Edge

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.

Course Specific Benefits

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.

Prerequites

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.

Weekly Schedule

These sections are for individual students.

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Section A
Mon 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM America/New_York
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Section B
Tue 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM America/New_York
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Section C
Wed 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM America/New_York
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Section D
Fri 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM America/New_York
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Section E
Sat 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
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FAQs

Question
Can this course be customized?
Answer
Yes, the course can be customized.
Question
Can students of all age enroll to this course?
Answer
Students aged 6 or above can join this course.
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How much time should a student enrolling for this course practice everyday?
Answer
Students should practice a minimum of 30 minutes every day. If they can devote more time to practice, they will learn better and faster.
Question
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
Answer
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
Question
What if a student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
Answer
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
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How long will the teacher take to revert to a query raised after class hours?
Answer
The teacher will try to revert back to queries raised after class hours within a 24 hour period.

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