The Choral Sound

Ref: C2337888

Choral music, in recent years, has experienced a great surge in popularity. Join us to explore just something of the repertoire in all its huge variety: sacred and secular, ranging from part-songs to oratorios.

Course aim

The course aims to explore something of the huge variety of choral music, of different genres, styles and historical periods.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • identify the different types of voice that can make up a choir.
  • identify four genres of choral music that composers have repeatedly turned to over the centuries.
  • identify six composers, from different historical periods, who have made significant contributions to the choral repertoire.
  • identify some of the considerations that composers need to address when writing for choir.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Students may wish to bring a folder for handouts, a notepad and pen.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

Download full course outline

The Choral Sound Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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