Music Workshop

Ref: C2338840

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

Course aim

To enable students to 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, and develop greater confidence to participate further in musical activities.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students may not have played with other musicians in a group before BUT 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 with confidence with other learners in an ensemble situation.
  • Have a better understanding of how to adjust my playing technique to demonstrate the style of a set piece of music.
  • Have a better understanding of how world events have affected the development of the pieces of music I have studied.
  • Demonstrate by my ensemble playing that I understand how to listen to and act on suggestions made by the conductor and other members of my group.
  • Feel sufficiently encouraged to explore the possibility of joining another musically suitable group in order to further develop my ensemble skills.

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?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • 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. Question and answer.

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Music will be provided but 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Students may gain the confidence to join a local orchestra or appropriate music group.

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Music Workshop


You can 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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