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Gondwana Choirs is excited to offer online sight singing and aural skills classes to choristers across Australia. Sight singing and aural skills are critical aspects of your musical training. Investing the time to work on elements such as pitch, rhythm, reading, and writing music makes you a better musician, capable of learning wide varieties of music and excelling beyond the standard set by school curricula. Later down the track, training in Sight Singing and melody dictations also prepares students well for Year 12 exams in the HSC, VCE and QCE syllabuses and equivalents.

Hear from our alumni:
“There’s no doubt that much of my musical understanding is thanks to the Sight Singing programs I did at Gondwana all those years ago. These are the skills that I use every day as a musician, valuable above and beyond the skills I learnt in music theory alone. I am so grateful I could learn them from a young age so that the skills are ingrained in my musical language.”

WHAT: Weekly 45-minute classes over the course of 3 terms (24 sessions). Students beginning their musical training are placed in our Level 1 & 2 class while those with some experience may choose to take a placement test for one of the higher levels.

Level 1 & 2: 

  • Keys: C, G and F Major 
  • Intervals: Major 2nd and 3rd, Perfect 4th & 5th 
  • Time signatures: 2/4- 3/4- 4/4 
  • Rhythm: minim, crotchet, quaver, semiquaver and corresponding rests 
  • Keys: A harmonic minor 
  • Intervals: Major 6th, Perfect 8ve, min 3rd & 6th, Raised 7th  
  • Time signature: introduction to 6/8 
  • Rhythm: semibreve, dotted minim, dotted crotchet and corresponding rests

Level 3: all material learnt in lower levels + 

  • Keys: E harmonic minor 
  • Intervals: all Major intervals, consolidation of intervals found in a harmonic minor scale 
  • Time signature: 6/8- 9/8 
  • Rhythm: syncopation, triplet, quaver-2 semiquavers, 2 semiquavers-quaver, ties 

Level 4: all material learnt in lower levels + 

  • Keys: D Major, D harmonic minor 
  • Intervals: all intervals found in Major and harmonic minor scales 
  • Time signature: 2/2 & 3/2 
  • Rhythm: consolidation of all rhythms known so far, rhythm duets 

If you are interested in signing up for this opportunity, please contact Giulian Favrin, Manager, National Projects at; (M) 0409 999 301. 

WHO: Young people ages 8-18

WHEN: Tuesdays from 7pm – 7.45pm AEST (4-4.45pm AWST time) 

HOW MUCH? $360 for the full year ($15 per week) 

Classes and levels are sequential, offering advancement from level 1 through to level 8. An exam is taken at the end of each level to assess the attainment of necessary skills before advancing to the next level.