Learn to Play and Sing with Ben Linacre

Ref: C2346923

Learn to play and sing is a hands on music course for adults of all ages and abilities. The course will provide the basics in guitar, percussion, singing and song writing tuition for complete beginners and those with some experience who want to improve their existing musical skills. The course will provide opportunities to explore themes in creative lyric writing and will help to develop all the skills needed to perform original compositions and popular songs along with fellow students. Anyone can take part, regardless of ability or experience and our music courses can help to positively reinforce emotional well being.

Course aim

Learn to Play and Sing is a music course for adults in Chesterfield. The course will provide an introduction to music, including group singing workshops, instrument tuition, lyric writing, song composition, percussion, rehearsal and performance.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Aim to attend 7 out of 9 sessions (or as many as possible) to enable me to build consistently on my skills.
  • Perform a series of simple rhythms and strumming patterns using either percussion instruments or guitar.
  • Identify and play a set of simple open chords (chords played without barring) including major, minor and seventh chords.
  • Construct a lyrical phrase (single word or whole phrase) for inclusion in a group song writing exercise.
  • Show recorded evidence of at least two new original musical compositions.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

- Nothing else is needed - A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you - It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Learn to Play and Sing with Ben Linacre


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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