In this six week class, Rebecca Willson enhances her popular solfa scales practise sessions with dictation. 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.
You have a number of options for this course
- Join Rebecca live on zoom on Mondays at 9:00am – 10:00am (BST) from 20th September
- Watch the recordings over and over at your own convenience
- A combination of both! Everyone gets access to both.
The aim of solfa scales sessions is to improve accuracy and fluency with solfa.
Unless you are one of those very lucky people who learnt solfa as their musical ‘mother tongue’ as a child, it seems 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.
Rachel says: “I found the 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!” Rachel attended the intermediate class.
Flora says: “I’ve loved the routine and methodical structure. 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.” Flora attended the elementary class.
Sessions will be recorded to watch again and will be available for the duration of the course and a limited time afterwards.
Members of the Doremi Sofa can access sample sessions for free – find the recordings in the Sofa Dashboard