Music Making

Ref: C3843061

This course will introduce students to many kinds of music including classical, jazz, experimental, world music, alternative and pop. This concentration will help to build basic understanding, increased confidence and enjoyment when engaged in listening to and considering these and also promote health and wellbeing through music. We will consider form, style, era, harmony, context and history, genres and how composers find ideas. Students will also be encouraged to develop their skills on different instruments during complimentary activities, from free improvisation to structured rhythmic and melodic exercises.

Course aim

This course is for students to experience some new kinds of music from many genres and to enjoy getting to know and playing a variety of instruments, whilst also benefiting from an improved sense of health and wellness in doing so.

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
  • This course is for students with physical disabilities and learning difficulties

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

  • Remember and comprehend some simple musical terms and ideas
  • Recognise different kinds of music more clearly
  • Play some new instruments at a beginning level and know the difference between them
  • Name and recognise a range of composers, artists and performers
  • Gain positive benefits to health and wellbeing through listening to and playing 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 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

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
  • For some students the course may simply lead to music becoming a positive influence in and having a beneficial effect on their daily lives.

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Music Making

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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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