Rough Guide to Music

Ref: C3842742

The course provides a friendly and relaxed introduction to the roles played by each of the elements of music: melody, harmony, rhythm, harmonic rhythm, texture, timbre, articulation, dynamics, tempo, structure/form, and instrumentation. We will share our experiences and understanding of music and perform some exercises together, yet no prior knowledge is required and the emphasis will be on fun and exploration. There will be live performance demonstration, audio and video examples and some elementary theory explained on the flip chart and handouts. We can go further in depth into theory, but only if the group is ready.

Course aim

The aim of the programme is to explore the nature of music - its elements and history - in a fun, relaxed and inspiring way. Drawing on examples from a wide variety of musical traditions and eras, we will explore each element in turn.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Understand the roles played by each of the elements of music.
  • Identify the elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, harmonic rhythm, texture, timbre, articulation, dynamics, tempo, structure/form, and instrumentation when listening to music.
  • Apply the element of melody in relaxed group activities.
  • Apply the element of harmony in relaxed group activities.
  • Apply the element of rhythm in relaxed group activities.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

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

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Rough Guide to 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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