Introduction for practical music

Ref: C3840951

This course will introduce students to many kinds of music, from classical music drawn from all eras and in all its forms to other genres. This concentration will help to build basic understanding, increased confidence and enjoyment when engaged in listening to and talking about these and also promote health and wellbeing through music. Alongside this students will be encouraged to develop their skills on different instruments during complimentary activities, from free improvisation to structured rhythmic and melodic exercises.

Course aim

On this course students will be introduced to some basic practical exercises and techniques on different musical instruments and also develop their understanding of classical music through disciplined listening

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for people with little spoken English
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464

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

  • Use some simple but essential musical terms
  • Identify different styles of music (e.g. eras, forms, genres)
  • Name some important classical composers and classical works
  • Identify and understand the basics of different instruments
  • Derive positive and beneficial enhancements to their health and well-being through engaging with 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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • Each session will include demonstration and practical exercises on different musical instruments Students will be encouraged to perform exercises on different instruments supported by the tutor and other staff

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Students are encouraged to bring a notebook and to keep their own file on hand to store learning materials such as handouts, playlists and notes, but this is not mandatory

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
  • If possible, some initial preparatory reading around classical music is advisable. Another great form of preparation is simply listening to a lot of music.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • For some students the course may simply lead to music becoming a positive influence in and having a beneficial effect on their daily lives

Download full course outline

Introduction for practical music 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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