Online Musicianship Classes

WARNING: May result in fun, friendships and a life-long obsession with solfa.

Book Now for November 2021

  • Solfa from Scratch – for total beginners (BKA Level 1)
  • Musicianship for Improvers (BKA Level 3-4) with Helen Russell Fridays at 9:30am GMT
  • Intermediate Musicianship (BKA Level 5-6) with Hannah Grant Mondays at 6:00pm GMT
  • Solfa Scales with Dictation – weekly practice sessions with Rebecca Willson – Live or access the recordings
  • Doremi Members – We have special member-only musicianship activities for all levels. Check out our membership options.

Every week Helen, Rebecca and Helen are so lucky to get to sing with wonderful people from all over the world over Zoom.

Lovely singers just like you who want to improve their Kodály musicianship in a warm and nurturing environment.

If you think they are all super confident in their musicianship, you’d be wrong. They will be the first to tell you!

We all make mistakes, learn new things, allow ourselves to be vulnerable, open and brave and we have such a giggle in the process. Everyone is warm and welcoming and we learn together.

Lightbulb moments go off all the time when connections are made between the disconnected and dry music theory of our youths and the vibrant, dynamic and easy to follow explanations from the Kodály approach.

I wish we had a £ for the number of times we’ve heard “Ohhhh I never understood xyz but now I totally get it!”

This is what our lovely students say about our classes

“I can honestly say it’s the best money I have ever spent”
“Helen, your classes are a joy. I come away with the very best of ear worms, things to practice, things to consolidate and things to learn. Love it.”
“May I thank you and applaud you for your great teaching. I am particularly grateful for your sensitivity with me given my tentative hold on some of the material. I really enjoyed it all.”
“Fun and inspiring! Quite apart from the brilliant musical presentation, Helen is such a whizz with the graphics!”
“Brilliant! This really had me buzzing.”
“I don’t want to finish, can we keep going all evening?”
“A revelation! I learned loads. Thank you Hannah”

It’s all on Zoom so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home. Just sing along with us, and when you’re happy to, unmute and show us what you can do.

How to Book

Solfa from Scratch (BKA Level 1) is a 6 lesson pre-recorded course with Helen Russell
Access the course recordings at your own convenience with Helen on hand for email support.
This course is suitable for total beginners, musicians who are new to solfa and Kodály musicianship and teachers who would like more confidence teaching music.

Musicianship for Improvers (BKA Level 3-4) is a weekly Zoom class on Friday mornings with Helen Russell.
We’re expecting students to have prior knowledge of Kodály musicianship, including the major and minor scales. We will be discovering more pentatonic scales, the first steps towards modes.
Tailoring to the needs of the class, Helen creates a warm, safe and nurturing environment. Once you’ve joined your class you can stay with them as you develop your skills together. It’s about more than just the music!
Book Now for the next sessions starting 5th November 2021.

Intermediate Musicianship (BKA Level 5-6) is a weekly Zoom classes with Hannah Grant on Monday evenings.
Developing your solfa skills towards more advanced tonalities and harmonies.
Once you’ve joined your class you can stay with them as you develop your skills together. It’s about more than just the music!
Book Now for the next sessions starting 1st November 2021.

Solfa Scales with Dictation with Rebecca Willson are perfect if you want to improve your fluency and muscle memory with the solfa syllables. Plus now Rebecca adds a dictation too. Not your usual scary dictation experience from school, oh no! Instead Rebecca will take you step by step through the wonderfully nurturing and progressive Kodály-inspired dictation.

“Fabulous fun, thank you!”
“Fantastic. A real work out for the brain!”

“I have attended all of Rebecca’s sessions they have really helped my fluency.”

Unless you are one of those very lucky people who learnt solfa as their musical ‘mother tongue’ as a child, it seem very hard to completely eliminate a bit of a processing delay when using it. As a musician the concept of solfa is fairly easy to make sense of but understanding it doesn’t guarantee you get it right in practice every time! These sessions are about helping to bridge that gap and make it smaller through repetitive practice. I would encourage you not to make any notes to read so that you are entirely using your ear and memory, even if that means making more mistakes to begin with.
Book Now to access last term’s recordings or wait for next term’s dates

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