Castaway Music: Film to Music

Ref: C3671374

As well as developing individual's skills on their chosen instrument(s) and playing together as part of a musical ensemble, this term will focus on working with another group or film maker who'll have made a film for us to compose a soundtrack for.

Course aim

To introduce learners to writing music for film and apply techniques and ideas learnt to their own group compositions to accompany film(s) made by other film makers.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Compose music for a short film as part of a group.
  • Make creative musical decisions within the group and be able to justify those decisions in relation to the film.
  • Use musical language to communicate what they feel a piece of music should sound like.
  • Take part in the recording process of a piece of music.

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Learners are encouraged to bring their own instruments to the lessons, however, Castaway have a wide range of musical instruments and other resources they can provide learners with.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • 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?

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Castaway Music: Film to Music


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