Music Making

Ref: C3676794

This is an inclusive course for people with an existing interest in music who are looking to develop their practice within a group environment. Making full use of the extensive facilities at the newly-refurbished Sadacca Studios in central Sheffield and facilitated by WEA tutors from local social enterprise RiteTrax, the course will provide a valuable opportunity for learners to explore different aspects of group music making. The course aims to develop skills within learners such as jamming and improvising, songwriting, arranging and listening, with a real emphasis on collaboration and co-design. Learners will get an opportunity to experiment different musical instruments in a group setting, including vocals, guitar, bass, synth, piano, percussion and more. There will also be scope to develop basic production and engineering skills using the facililties at the studio, including mixing desks and production software. There is also scope to progress to other courses or gorups.

Course aim

To break down barriers to creating and performing music in a group setting through a series of facilitated jam sessions exploring writing, arranging, listening, performing, improvising and more.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is aimed at learners who have some experience with music or an existing interest in music, i.e. they already play a musical instrument, sing, produce music or are keen to develop their practice within a group environment.

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

  • Confidently play a musical instrument as part of a group
  • Experiment with different musical instruments including vocals, guitars, synths, percussion and more
  • Play basic chords on a musical instrument as part of a jam session
  • Play percussion as part of a jam session
  • Understand the basic elements of song structures and arrangements

How will I be taught?

  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • 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?

  • 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
  • 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
  • We will make use of the studio to record some of the sessions to evidence students' progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • There are ample facililties to facilitate learning at the studios but students will also be encouraged to bring their own instruments or equipment to the sessions

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 with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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

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