From Notation to Performance: Understanding Musical Scores

Events Description

Would you like to know more about what musicians do in rehearsals and performances? Would you like to learn different techniques for listening to and understanding music?

This free online course provides a general introduction to how to understand a musical score, and insights into what professional musicians do with the notation that these contain. You’ll learn how to connect the notation you see with the music you hear, from short familiar melodies to a full orchestral score.

Focussing on works by Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Mahler, we’ll introduce you to a pianist, a small chamber group and a conductor who will explain how they create memorable performances from the notes on the page.

This course is intended for anyone with an interest in music. You do not need to be able to read musical notation or play an instrument.



1-11 Hawley Crescent London, United Kingdom


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Discover how singing is the vehicle to help pupils develop lasting musical skills.

Explore Sing Up’s approach to integrate singing into your music curriculum as a way of developing your pupils’ vocal confidence, musical skills, knowledge and understanding. Use these techniques to incorporate small amounts of high-quality singing activity regularly in your music lessons to achieve maximum impact with your pupils.

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  • pitch-matching
  • musical memory
  • pulse & rhythm
  • intervals and scales
  • basslines, chords and cadences

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 You’ll improve your confidence in singing and leading singing – with techniques to put into action as soon as you’re back in school.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for Secondary music teachers who would like to build more singing in to their music lessons and develop their confidence in leading singing.

Outcomes for teachers

  • Learn techniques in using singing to support musical learning in your music lessons
  • Understand how singing can develop the musical ear
  • Develop your own vocal skills so you feel more confident using your voice in lessons and encourage your pupils to do the same
  • Learn techniques for leading singing with pupils
  • Learn how to get all pupils singing

Using the Sing Up approach will support your pupils to develop:

  • Vocal confidence and sing with increased accuracy
  • Confident aural skills and greater overall musicianship
  • Deeper knowledge and understanding of music theory

Training Leader

Shelly Ambury, Sing Up’s Head of Learning, has vast experience of music and music education, including working for the BBC and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, singing professionally and leading choirs. She has over a decade’s experience as a teacher and Head of Music in Secondary education.