The Instruments of Music

Ref: C3742969

The world of music is populated by a dizzying range of musical instruments of all types, shapes and sizes. In this course we shall try to make sense of where they all fit in, and what categories they fall into. We shall also listen to examples of instruments from many different times and places, and examine their intriguing history - from the Rommelpot to the Tromba Marina!

Course aim

To explore the history and development of many of the vast range of musical instruments of the past 500 years.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify different groups of instruments.
  • Recognise and describe the characteristic tone of some of the more popular instruments.
  • Explain the factors that give instruments their disticntive sounds.
  • Broadly trace the development of instruments over the centuries.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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The Instruments of Music

Enrolment Conditions

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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