Castaway Music: Interactive Performance

Ref: C3671375

A weekly workshop enabling and encouraging participants to develop musical instrument skills, as well as composing music as part of a group. This course will cover basic musical skills (rhythms, playing together as an ensemble, chords, melodies etc) as well as elements of using music technology to create/record music. There will be a strong focus on collaborating with other groups within Castaway and the local community, and especially on music and film.

Course aim

Rehearse and develop a live performance which encompasses film and live music performance. The term will focus on performing together as an ensemble and working alongside at least one other community group.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Achieve a greater understanding of how to work effectively with people outside your peer group.
  • Achieve a greater understanding of how two different art forms (eg film and music) can complement each other.
  • Rehearse for a musical/artistic role in a performance.
  • Take part in a live performance in front of an audience.
  • Contribute creatively to a musical composition for this project.

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • Learners will be constantly assessed on an informal basis. Feedback will be given to the group throughout all sessions, and privately to individuals where required or appropriate.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You are welcome to bring your own instrument, although we also have a variety of instruments available for you to use. Occasionally we may ask you to attend an event outside of regular session times. You may need to provide your own transport.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It is recommended that learners attend musical concerts as often as possible in order to watch different performers and techniques, and listen to a diverse range of music at home. Internet access at home will be beneficial.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Learners may also choose to engage in creative and performance opportunities within the wider Castaway programme.

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Castaway Music: Interactive Performance


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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