Make Your Own Music - Chichester Reaching Out

Ref: C3745749

On this course you will be encouraged to use your own creativity to develop simple compositions of your own. The main elements of composition revolve around rhythm and melody and how these can be structured and developed to create a satisfying result. Whether you are inspired by instrumental pieces or songs, you will be encouraged to use simple ideas and find out how to make them 'grow'. Allow your creative side to fly with a little help from an experienced tutor! This course is suited to both beginners and those with some musical experience. No particular equipment is needed apart from a device on which you can access audio and video options and make simple recordings.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the composition process. To take melodic or rhythmic ideas, together with lyrics and build ideas for compositions using these.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • You do not need to be able to read music for this course, but equally, you can benefit from it if you do. No previous experience is necessary but again, you can develop your skills from any starting point.

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

  • create a piece of music using my own ideas.
  • develop my musical ideas so that they become satisfying.
  • understand how musical compositions can be developed.
  • have the confidence to work with my ideas and turn them into something I am proud of.

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
  • Class time, which may initially be using the platform, Zoom, will be used to share starting points and develop them as ideas. There will be exploration of existing material and useful musical links so that students can apply these to their own ideas between classes.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • 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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Your voice and a sense of rhythm are enough for this course, but if you have an instrument or can access music technology of some sort, then these may be helpful to this course.

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
  • A variety of creative and/or performance related courses may be an option. With further training, there may be openings in the music industry.

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Make Your Own Music - Chichester Reaching Out

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • 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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