Monday Music (BCVS)

Ref: C2343099

The students will engage in the following activities: song writing - collectively writing the words to a song where the music is written by either a tutor or some of the students. Learning new chords on the guitar - adding to chords that have already been taught or starting fresh and learning the very basics. Playing the basics on the bass guitar with a plectrum and fingers - the bass guitar proved very popular on previous courses and all current students wished to learn more. Body percussion and djembe playing to learn new rhythms - the djembe drum is an African drum which is very easy to learn to play.

Course aim

The course is for everyone who wishes to improve their guitar skills or bass guitar skills or begin from the start. They will also engage with song writing, some rhythm work on djembe drums and gentle physical exercise to improve mood.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Not many current students have email addresses and would struggle without close assistance from the tutor in enrolling.

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

  • Account for what it was like to contribute some words to an original song. The tutors will guide the students in a song writing exercise.
  • Show I can play an easy passage on bass guitar with a plectrum (pick) and also my fingers.
  • Demonstrate two new chords I have learned on the guitar and show how they can be integrated in a new song.
  • Demonstrate a bass line that has been taken from a popular song and play it within the group.
  • Account for their learning in a short, recorded interview where I have praised the achievements of others within the group.

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • The students will be encouraged to practise in their own time and will be given a little homework to guide them through the process.

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
  • Their will be recorded material that we will all analyse and listen to. The tutor will offer suggestions about how to improve and continue the students' progress.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • The students will be encouraged to purchase their own instruments for practise at home, although all materials will be provided within the classroom.

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
  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Students will be encouraged to attend future courses and become WEA volunteers. Access to local college courses is possible, and the tutors will guide the students toward enrolment, if they wish.

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Monday Music (BCVS)

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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