Do I have to start at level 1?
No but you have to be able to do what level 1 students are expected to do (judged via an assessment). Often we find that even students studying advanced grades can struggle with level 1 activities. The good news however is that their musical experience enables them to often propel through the first level quite quickly!
How long before I go up a level?
That depends entirely on you! Students are free to take an assessment at any point of the term and can go up as soon as they are ready. We encourage students to do this as many times as they like if they wish to.
What is solfa?
Solfa (in English and Hungarian), solfège (in French), solfeggio (in Italian), or solfeo (in Spanish), is the name of a system of note names (so, fa, mi, re…). It has the advantage of being easily pronounced (unlike the A, B, C system or the I, II, III numbering), which allows for melodies to be communicated in real time. It has actually been in existence for over a thousands years, undergoing many transformations.
Where do the hand signs come from?
The hand signs we use are credited to John Curwen (1816-1880), and were subsequently adopted and adapted by Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
Do you teach the Kodály method?
No. We are aware of Kodály teaching, and there may be an overlap of techniques and principles, but we are not trained by any Kodály teacher or institution.
What does feet stamping and clapping have to do with music?
Stamping is not important, what we ask our students is to move in time, to shift their weight, and when students are starting it helps to make clear sounding steps to embody time-keeping. Our students hand-clap because it requires no technique and it has no note length.
I’m forty seven and never had a music lesson in my life, is it too late for me? can I join?
It’s never too late, everyone is welcome in our courses. We don’t mind having mixed aged groups, although our existing groups tend to be either adult or under-18’s. Having no prior musical education is no problem, it might even be an advantage; sometimes a bad music teacher can do more harm than good.
Is it a theory class?
The course will help tremendously with theory lessons, but it is not taught in an intellectual way. Students are only given explanations of things they have previously experienced aurally.
Will it help with sight reading?
Yes. All students learn to sight-read by moving and singing in real time from tier 1.
What does Edara stand for?
It means ”Embodied Development of Aural and Rhythmic Awareness”
Where can I find your Terms & Conditions?
Download them right here: T&C