Drumming for Wellbeing

Ref: C2227264

This practical drumming course aims to allow learners to play different rhythms from around the world on a range of percussion instruments. In so doing, learners will identify, perform and reflect on a variety of world musics where rhythm can be a central identifying theme. By understanding the component elements of rhythm playing using a standard method of notation, the group will build a 'rhythm vocabulary' over the duration of the course, ending in one or more performances which can be recorded as proof of practical learning outcomes.

Course aim

The main purpose of this course is to offer learners an opportunity to identify, play and reflect on musics from different cultures, with a view to aiding wellbeing through tactile exercise on different types of percussion.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • Identify at least three world musics via the specific associated rhythm
  • Play at least three basic world music rhythms on demand
  • identify at least three different world percussion instruments
  • read basic rhythm notation from a standardised notation chart

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 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
  • 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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Some learners may develop sufficient capacity to join percussion groups such as Samba ensembles.

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Drumming for Wellbeing

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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