Active Music: listening and performance

Ref: C3841649

This course will introduce students to many kinds of music, from classical music representing different eras, styles and forms to other genres such as world music and jazz. This concentration will help to build basic understanding, increased confidence and enjoyment when engaged in listening to music and talking about these areas and also promote health and wellbeing through music. Students will additionally 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 through engaged listening develop their understanding of classical music and be introduced to some basic practical exercises and techniques on different musical instruments

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • 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 simple and essential musical terms
  • Identify different styles of music (form, era, genre)
  • Name some important classical composers and works
  • Identify, differentiate and understand the basics of different instruments
  • Derive positive and beneficial enhancements to health and well-being through engagement 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

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

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

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?

  • 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/
  • The course could lead to more involvement with music outside the classroom form attending concerts and events to opportunities for performance

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Active Music: listening and performance

Conditions

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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