WEA music courses - music to your ears!

If you’ve ever wondered about the origins of music, how it came to be, where it came from and how it's shaped different cultures, then why not immerse yourself in one of our music courses.  

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Depending on the music course you choose, you could be learning a new set of skills, uncovering a new genre that you never knew about before, or simply gaining a greater appreciation for the work and the artist who created it. The possibilities are endless with a WEA course.

You'll travel through different musical eras, discovering the different genres, composers and historic backgrounds that helped shape music as we know it today. By broadening your musical horizons you’ll learn how to interpret music, improving your critical thinking and analytical skills.  

Enrol on a music course near you  

Whether you prefer online learning from the comfort of your own home, or you want to attend an in-person class in your local community, we have a huge amount of flexibility to suit how you learn best. This means that you can pick the environment that’s right for you, giving you that piece of mind that you can learn in a place that you feel comfortable with. 

The support you’ll receive on our music courses 

Our online and in-person courses are taught by talented tutors who are experienced in all things music and will help support you to learn about all aspects of music history. They'll help you develop an understanding that goes beyond just what's on the surface. Whether you want to learn to sing, play an instrument or be immersed in the music of different cultures, we've got the course for you. 

Our learning experience is one of the things that sets us apart, with many of our learners going on to achieve incredible things. You’ll learn at a pace that’s comfortable for you too, with a friendly supportive tutor on hand to answer any questions you might have. 

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Music Making: Advanced Songwriting

Express your musical creativity and develop your songwriting skills in a supportive online group. This course will explore how to put together multi-track songs using recording software. Learners can choose to use their own recording software, or create an account for SoundTrap, a free online recording platform. During the course we will also analyse different song genres and learn to identify different instrument parts within an existing song. Please note: This is an advanced level course and requires existing skills in order to take part.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 25/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Lorna Poole
Course code:
Q00015242
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £59.20

Music Making: African Drumming Workshop

A great way to spend a Thursday morning! Whether you are a seasoned drummer or just curious to have a go, this practical workshop in African drumming will inspire you with music and culture. Our experienced tutor will guide the group to play the Djembe drums to create simple beats and harmonies. Let go of stress and end the morning on a high note!

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 06/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Easington Lane Community Access Point
Easington Lane
Houghton - le- Spring
DH5 0LE
Tutor:
Mark Barfoot
Course code:
Q00015398
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Music Making: African Drumming for All

African Drumming Workshop A great way to end the working week! Whether you are a seasoned drummer or just curious to have a go, this practical workshop in African drumming will inspire you with music and culture. Our experienced tutor will guide the group to play the Djembe drums to create simple beats and harmonies. Let go of stress and end the week on a high note!

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 26/07/2024 -
Fri 26/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
City Hall, Sunderland
Plater Way
Sunderland
SR3 2GJ
Tutor:
Mark Barfoot
Course code:
Q00015399
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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Music Appreciation: Major and Minor Composers

In this course you will listen to, explore and enjoy a wide range of classical music from its earliest eras through to the present day by well-known and more marginal composers. In doing so you will engage with several individual works in different forms in each session thinking about the circumstances of and reasons behind their creation, and the particulars of the sonic landscape they offer through ideas such as genre, style, technique and arrangement, this will set the musical piece in context and also dive into the way the piece was constructed. To complement this we will also pay attention to the life and background of each different composer and how their approach to composition contributes to a distinctive oeuvre. You will also listen to examples of music from other genres such as jazz, film music, contemporary/neo/post-classical, ambient and electronic music.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 19/04/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
Times:
9:45am - 11:45am
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Simon Haworth
Course code:
Q00013312
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £74.00