Instruction aims to develop your technical skills, to give you an overview of different styles and to help you interpret each style accordingly. Ensemble playing is extremely important when learning to play a band instrument. That is why the BAAM method (details ahead) is an essential part of rhythm music instruction here at the Avonia Music Institute. Its main objective is to bring the theory and practise of music closer together.
In the rhythm department, you may study the following instruments.
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Instruction aims to teach you how to use your voice as variedly as possible and to acquaint you with basic singing techniques in rhythm music. The repertoire coves different styles of rhythm music, as well as their stylistic interpretation. In addition, attention is given to performing and using the microphone. Recommended starting at age 13.
In bass lessons, you will become familiar with the instrument's possibilities and the ways of playing it through different styles. Although the bass guitar has gained ground as a solo instrument during the past decades, it is essentially an accompaniment instrument. Once you have mastered the basics, you will be able to take part in one of our BAAM bands.
You may begin playing the drums around the age of 6 or 7. The instrument is suitable for anyone interested in rhythm and motor coordination. Drumming lessons concentrate on playing techniques and the most important accompaniment comps. Playing in a band is essential for a drummer since the drums are above all part of a band.
The lessons cover a wide variety of styles in rhythm music. As well as the piano, you will learn the principles of different electric keyboard instruments, such as the synthesiser. In addition to their own private lessons, keyboardists also attend joint band and theory instruction (BAAM). Playing in a band is essential for a pianist and keyboardist specialising in rhythm music. It is an environment where you will immediately be able to put into practise all that you have learned in theory.
The electric guitar has established itself in pop/rock assemblies. This is no wonder, since in the hands of a skilfull musician the electric guitar is an extremely versatile and expressive instrument, which can be used for accompaniment or playing melodies. Thanks to amplifiers and effect pedals, the possibilities of changing the sound add to the instrument’s variety.
Akustinen teräskielinen kitara
Teräskielinen akustinen kitara on kuulunut pop/rock-musiikin instrumenttivalikoimaan aina. Se on erinomainen säestysinstrumentti ja moni laulava artisti säestää itseään teräskielisellä akustisella kitaralla. Soitin on myös monipuolinen ja haasteita tarjoava sooloinstrumentti, jolla voidaan soittaa säestystä ja melodiaa samaan aikaan. Kieliä voi näppäillä joko plektralla tai sormilla tai molemmilla. Teräskielisen kitaran ja nylonkielisen klassisen kitaran suurimmat erot ovat soittimen rakenteessa, äänessä ja kielten materiaalissa. Nylonkielistä kitaraa käytetään jonkun verran rytmimusiikissa, erityisesti lattarityyleissä.
Rytmimusiikin opiskelu voidaan aloittaa nylonkielisellä akustisella kitaralla, teräskielisellä akustisella kitaralla ja sähkökitaralla.
At the Avonia Music Institute, the instruction of basics in rhythm music utilises the Basics of African American Music (BAAM) method, where theoretical and ear training studies are integrated with ensemble playing.
» The lessons put rhythm music theory, ear training, transcription and band playing together into a coherent entity. Weekly lessons consist of a theory section and a band practise section.
In the theory section, you will work independently with the Tohtori Toonika book (available in Finnish only), with the help of your teacher. This enables you to progress at your individual pace. The book covers the entire elementary level. In the practical section, you will play pieces of music with the band and thus develop your understanding of themes introduced in the theory section. The core objective of band practise is for you to identify yourself as a part of the band’s joint sound. In rhythm music, even instrumental studies focus on band practise because each instrument is part of a larger musical entity – the band. Performing is also an essential part of the syllabus.
Basic studies in music technology provide the student with an ability to produce, record, edit and send music in a digital environment.
The main focus is in notation as well as digital sound handling, recording and editing.
After completing the basic studies in music technology, you will master the principles of the equipment used in instruction, as well as understand the common terminology and vocabulary used for the concepts, equipment and work practises in music technology.
Studies in music technology will support development with our instrument, provide you with a readiness to create your own music and to act in the modern field of music. Music technology studies consist of the following entities:
- Musiikkiteknologian perusteet
- Studiotyön perusteet
- Äänentoiston perusteet
After completing the basic studies, the student will be able to compose music on a midi based notation programme, record different instruments, edit (mix) sounds, create sound files in various forms from existing music material, transfer and upload audio files to the internet and between computers and audio units.
Basic studies include the basics of studio work and audio systems. You will become familiar with working in a studio and in basics of audio systems, you will learn the basics of sound amplifying and recording a concert.
In the classical and rhythm music groups, special attention is given to their unique characteristics. Music technology studies are included in the Avonia Music Institute term fee.
Teacher: Arto Ruotsala, arto.ruotsala(@)avonia.fi