Course Outline for All Instruments

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Course Information

Success comes through diligent practise and study. (Research shows 10000 hours to master any skill)  Students need to study and apply learned material on a daily basis as well as practise at least 4 hours per day, during the first semester. There after they required to practise 6-8hours daily.

A lot of time will be spent practically in ensemble groups.  Public performances will be part of quarterly exams.

Students are expected to work on a variety of music-related projects, rehearse extensively, organize gigs and should attend all classes. 

 Apart from the vocational subjects we offer: (also forms part of the weekly roster)

Modules Include:

Assignments

Rehearsal and study Logs

Practical Instrument Development

Live Performance Ensembles

Theory of Music - Classical Graded

Jazz (modern) Theory

Aural (Ear Training)

Music Appreciation

Music Business

Keyboard Technique

Basic Drumming and Bass

Improvisation

Sight Reading

Chart Reading

Arranging

Breakdown/ content of Subjects

(The following subjects are all compulsory and the whole group interacts during these classes)

Assignments

Assignments will be aimed at gaining information and skills needed in the industry.  This range from practical to theory.  Students will need to either have access to Internet at home, or spend some time after class to make use of our facilities to complete their projects.

Rehearsal and study logs

Students will be taught the value of time  and time management. To put this into place students need to log their  daily routine as to get into the habit of planning and making most of their time.

Practical Instrument Development

Two days of the four days will be spent  practically mastering their instruments.

See each instrument's weekly roster to view subjects related to the instrument

Live Performance Ensembles

A lot of time will be spent practically in their ensemble groups.  Public performances forms part of quarterly exams.  From the third term onwards, students will be performing at arranged gigs, not receiving any compensation, but will be counted as part of the hours needed to obtain their qualification. Genres will range from rock, blues, jazz, etc. 

Theory of Music - Classical Graded

Classical theory range from Grade 1- 5.  Examinations are at the end of the year at their level achieved and mastered during the year. Although all students have the opportunity to write Grade 5, the student will be advised to enroll for the exam level they are at, by the end of the year.  Grade 6 and up is only offered to students that have succesfully passed their grade 5, and additional time will be allocated.

Jazz (modern) Theory

The Building blocks to reinvent yourself even if current popular music styles should change.  Our modern view on the development of music theory.  An intensive course.

Aural (Ear Training)

Starting out basically then progressing to be able to write chord charts from CD's and to be able to score single lines.

Music Appreciation

To be exposed to different styles of music from earlier days to current developments.  To create an appreciation for the different styles and to apply them to your playing.

Music Business

To understand the South African music business scene.  Ranging from contracts, to entities, marketing, understanding our audience, music cultures, royalties etc.

Keyboard Technique

Understanding the basics of chords and reading. As this is the most popular interface (apart from a mouse or keyboard)  any musician will need to use in studio, that puts your creativity in motion in your recordings.  (this subject is aimed at all instrumentalist apart from piano and keyboard players)

Basic Drumming and Bass

Basic knowledge of these instruments for those that study other instruments.  Students will have a chance to play these instruments in an ensemble  during the third and fourth term.

Improvisation

Although this subject is treated in the study of each instrument as part of the instrument's course, this will be encouraged in practical ensembles during the last two terms.

Sight Reading

Intensive reading and drilling thereof will be done, to ensure that students are fluent.

Chart Reading

One of the main skills a musician should acquire is to read and write chord charts.  Intensive drilling will also enable students to be fluent.

Arranging

A band sounds as good as what the individual musicians arrange themselves to sound.  Emphasis is placed on developing this skill and to listen intensively to existing music and analyzing and studying the existing arrangements on the recordings.

Year end Production

Depending on each intake, the year end production will include all the art fields available.  This can be either music alone or a full scale drama, sound, lights, music, media and stage performance

For the theatre production, a year end production will be viewed by audiences and filmed.  Composers, arrangers and songwriters will display their talent.  Artist and musicians will be performing as well as technical crew ( sound and stage ) will be hands on in their field of expertise.  Video and photography crew (editing etc, ) all will be incorporated in the final production.  (Vocational Studies)

For a studio production, a CD will be the final project. (Vocational Studies)

 

Career Opportunities

Overview of the Music Industry Fields and Career Opportunities ( fields of specializing )

The following is a indication of all the possibilities that one can follow ( needles to say not all are represented).  Some of these you can only become through experience over a long period.

Recording / studio

Producer

Sequencer / Programmer

Arranger

Composer

Songwriter

Sound engineer

Technical - media : design, layout, creative, marketing, new media, distribution,

Legal / Admin - contracts, publisher, admin, financial, studio booking

Theatre / Production

Director

Script writer

Actor / performer

Music compiler

Composer

Songwriter

Arranger

Stage manager

Technical - sound, lighting, stage

Dancer

Choreographer

Live

Technical - sound, lights, photography, video production, media,

Performer / Artist

Management

Booking agents
DJ

Sound /Technical Hire