Music Workshop

Ref: C2338155

This is a 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 who have the ability to read standard music notation. Students supply their own instrument and music stand. All instruments welcome.

Course aim

Acquire and develop the skills and confidence needed to play in a music ensemble, while developing and maintaining the skills and technique needed to play a musical instrument.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • 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.

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

  • play the pieces in this term's repertoire with accuracy, fluency and confidence
  • perform with confidence, incorporating expressive and stylistic detail
  • play with improved awareness of important ensemble skills e.g. following the conductor, listening to other sections of the group.
  • understand some more complex music theory, including form and structure
  • sight read with greater fluency and confidence

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • Informal observation and monitoring of ensemble performances each session, with the tutor giving verbal feedback to the group instantly and frequently. Recordings of some performances and evaluating them as a group.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • Students need to bring their own instrument and music stand.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Students may gain the confidence to join a local orchestra or appropriate music group.

Download full course outline

Music Workshop 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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