Online Musicianship Classes

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

  • Solfa from Scratch – for total beginners (British Kodály Academy Level 1)
  • Musicianship for Improvers (British Kodály Academy Level 3-4)
  • Intermediate Musicianship (British Kodály Academy Level 5-6)
  • Solfa Scales with Dictation – weekly practice sessions
  • Doremi Members – We have special member-only musicianship activities for all levels. Check out our membership options.

Solfa from Scratch is a 6 lesson course with Helen Russell combining pre-recorded classes with live support.
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 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. The class will be working towards BKA Level 4.
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 is a weekly Zoom classes with Hannah Grant on Monday evenings.
Developing your solfa skills towards more advanced tonalities and harmonies. (BKA Level 5-6).
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 6th September 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.
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 for the current term – join live on Monday mornings or watch the recordings

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What do our students say about …?

Helen Russell
“I can honestly say it’s the best money I have ever spent” – Vanessa
“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.” – Maggie
“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!”

Hannah Grant
“Brilliant! This really had me buzzing.”
“Wonderful music and fantastic activities that made me fall in love with a familiar piece of music all over again.”
“I don’t want to finish, can we keep going all evening?”
“A revelation! I learned loads. Thank you Hannah”
“Great! Gave me ideas and also an enjoyable experience.”
“Some great ideas for extended listening activities.”

Rebecca Willson
“That was amazing, very impressive!”
“Loved it, thank you.”
“Fabulous fun, thank you!”
“I love a challenge – and that was a challenge. Thank you Rebecca.”

“Fantastic. A real work out for the brain!”
“I have attended all of Rebecca’s sessions they have really helped my fluency.”
“Rebecca’s singing is really impressive! This was thorough and really helpful.”

Rachel says: “I found the Intermediate Solfa Scales practice with Rebecca so helpful in imprinting the solfa names and intervals in my head. It made my brain work very hard at first, not having anything written down, but Rebecca took the pace nice and slow and we had plenty of repetition to help embed the patterns in our unconscious. It helped me enormously in my musicianship class as sight-reading was easier because intervals came more easily to mind. It was good working together with others too, even though we could only hear Rebecca. I was able to adjust my pitch to hers, helping with my intonation. I’d totally recommend these sessions!”

Flora says: “I’ve loved the routine and methodical structure of Rebecca’s Elementary Solfa Scales. It’s like being forced to practice scales, you’d never be as methodical on your own but it has helped so much with pitch and patience! I really enjoyed the challenge of using pentatonic scales, purely because I never sing or practice them and I’m not too familiar with them. I think the repetition also encouraged me to try things like singing in thirds or in canon.”

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