This is the chance to meet with other players and make music together in a friendly ensemble environment, improving your technique, musicianship, sight reading and understanding of music theory in the process. Sessions operate as band rehearsals tackling accessible arrangements of a diverse musical repertoire. For players of elementary to intermediate standard with the ability to read standard music notation. Students supply their own instrument and music stand. All instruments welcome.
Acquire and develop the skills needed to play in a music ensemble. Develop and maintain the skills and technique needed to play a musical instrument. Develop greater confidence to participate further in musical activities
Who is the course for?
Students should have the technique required to be of elementary/intermediate playing standard on their instrument and be able to read music at a basic level.
What topics will this course cover
Learning and performing instrumental ensemble music of various styles. Understanding the technical and expressive aspects of the music performed. Music theory, notation, structure, harmony and sight reading. Other aspects to be agreed such as: Articulation, e.g. Legato, staccato, pizzicato and vibrato. Phrasing and the importance of the use of contrasting dynamics
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
1 Play the pieces in this term's repertoire with accuracy, fluency and confidence 2 Perform with confidence incorporating expressive and stylistic detail 3 Play with improved awareness of important ensemble skills e.g. Following the conductor, listening to other sections of the group. 4 Understand more complex music theory including form and structure 5 Sight read with greater fluency and confidence
How will I know I'm making progress?
Informal observation and monitoring of ensemble performances each session, with the tutor giving verbal feedback to the group instantly and frequently Information observation of individual performances, with the tutor giving private verbal feedback if required. Making digital recordings of some performances and evaluating them as a group.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
Students need to bring their own instrument and music stand.
Reading and information sources
What could the course lead to?
Students may gain the confidence to join a local orchestra, wind band or other appropriate musical group.