Music for Inspiration

Ref: C2340744

We will cover a number of disciplines on this course - drum playing which develops rhythm understanding and is great fun for the students; body percussion which also provides this, in addition to developing the students' counting skills; song singing of popular songs which will be familiar to the students and develop their singing, both in pitch and projection and and a opportunity for the students to perform in a way where they can showcase their other artistic skills - acting, solo singing or dancing. There will also be a song which we will all write together. The students will write the lyrics.

Course aim

The purpose of the course is to provide musical learning that stimulates creativity on djembe drums, with song writing and popular song singing.

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 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:

  • Perform up to three rhythms on the djembe drums, with either 'call and response' or mnemonic playing (choosing a verbal phrase and copying the rhythm of the spoken beats).
  • Confidently choose popular songs to sing and account for how I improved my voice with 'vocal warm-ups'.
  • Show how I can count progressively using the 'body percussion' method - counting as I perform a routine shown by the tutor.
  • Show written evidence of words I have contributed within the group to music written by the tutor.

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
  • The students will be encouraged to bring ideas to the sessions of songs they would like to sing and practice artistic routines that can be performed in sessions, if they wish. They can showcase their skills and involve other members of the group.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • The tutor will provide all resources, although the students will be encouraged to bring suggestions to sessions for the tutor - songs to sing and ideas for performance (acting routines, solo singing and dancing).

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Music for Inspiration


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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