When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Hwee-San Tan
  • Course Code W22CCLB01E
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Suitable for absolute beginners, this course covers the basics of reading music, for instrumental playing or singing using the ABRSM Grade 1 syllabus.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Read pitch notation on treble and bass clefs, including ledger lines
  • Read rhythmic notation: rhythmic values and time signatures
  • Understand key signatures and accidentals
  • Read intervals in melodies and chords, chord construction
  • Apply practical music-reading skills in singing, playing, and listening


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    You will be listening to tutor explanation and demonstration You will do written, listening and practical exercises in class such as clapping, singing and playing You will work individually, in pairs and in small and large groups You will do some written and listening exercises as homework You will need to follow and contribute to discussions in English. Music Study can include the use of digital resources such as listening to recordings, watching videos online, using appropriate mobile applications and following Moodle -Morley's virtual learning environment- to enhance your learning inside and outside the classroom. Music study also offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to enhance wellbeing. Music practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment including developing creativity, developing high-concentration levels, building self-confidence, working to deadlines, being able to control nerves and working as part of a team.

    Entry requirements

    This course is suitable for absolute beginners, or for anyone with rusty skills. You need to be willing to participate in practical activities in class and do some homework outside class.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Learners will sometimes stand, clap, sing and use minimal movements such as conducting and moving in time to a rhythm. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the learning outcomes above.. Your progress towards achieving the learning outcomes will be reviewed throughout the course. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e.: progression to another course.

    What you need

    Pencil and eraser, pen, notebook and manuscript paper. Text: Sleigh & Sheppard, How to Read Music (Wise Publications, 2007) Other text advised by the tutor. During the first session, you will receive guidance from your tutor about how to access the online course material, such as recordings and sheet music.

    What you can do next

    You may progress to the 'ABRSM Music Theory Grade 2'. You may also be interested the 'Aural Training & Musicianship 1' or any instrumental or singing beginner classes Morley offers