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.  

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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 and Art: Sound and Vision

Programme of Study Music and Art: Sound and Vision Music Appreciation: How Sound Affects Our Moods, Wellbeing and Productivity (8th April – 20th May) Practical Art: Creative Artwork Inspired by Music and Sound (3rd June – 8th July) Start date: Monday 8th April to Monday 8th July 2024 Time: 2.00pm to 5.00 pm During this programme you will learn about the healing properties of sound, and how we can use sound and music to help our mental health and wellbeing. During the first course, we will cover meditation, mindfulness and the affects of sound upon us when we are out and about. You will have the opportunity to take part in group walks to locations such as Grove Park, the Grand Pier, beach etc. exploring how different locations and sounds make us feel. During the second half of the programme, you will have the opportunity to participate in practical art sessions to explore how artists use sound to inspire their artwork and will create your own art as a response to sound and music.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Location:
NST Hub (North Somerset Training Communi
31 Alexandra Parade
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 1QZ
Course code:
P00000059
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available

Music Appreciation: Concerts in Depth

If you are interested in exploring classical concert music due to be performed at the Royal Concert Hall, and elsewhere in Nottingham, this course is for you. Concert music to include works by Dvořák, Brahms, Elgar and Mahler. Together we will work towards enhancing the enjoyment and understanding of the live classical concert performance in a small, informal group. Anyone who is interested in local, live performances and would like an opportunity to share with like minded people are welcome to attend. Come and share the passion for live music!

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 03/06/2024
Times:
10:15am - 12:15pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Nottingham Mechanics (Nottingham)
3 North Sherwood Street
Nottingham
NG1 4EZ
Tutor:
Mike Wheeler
Course code:
Q00014146
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Music Making: Choral Singing: Advanced

Explore choral singing as part of a welcoming and supportive group based at Nottingham Women's Centre! This women-only course covers choral arrangements of popular songs with empowering lyrics. Learn to take part in group singing and work as a team to prepare a set list of empowering songs which will then be performed live. Songs will be learnt by ear, from a copy of the lyrics. Please note: This is an advanced level course, so singing experience is required in order to take part.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 22/07/2024
Times:
5:45pm - 7:45pm
Duration:
13 sessions
Location:
Nottingham Womens Centre (NOTTINGHAM)
30 Chaucer Street
NOTTINGHAM
NG1 5LP
Tutor:
Lorna Poole
Course code:
Q00014464
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £109.20

Music Making: Monday Music

A fun, educational course, which centres around the practical rudiments of learning to play musical instruments and write lyrics to original songs. This is the advanced course in a three - course sequence, although new students can be integrated into the learning. There will be rhythm playing, bass guitar tuition, song singing and writing. There will also be an opportunity for the learners to reflect on their learning in an interview.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Servic
The Old Abbey School
Priorswell Road
Worksop
S80 2BU
Tutor:
Richard Palmer
Course code:
Q00014647
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £151.20

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Music Appreciation: Anniversaries and Exhibitions

A multi-media exploration of composers and/or artists who are either celebrating major anniversaries or exhibiting in major London galleries.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 21/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Fairkytes Art Centre (Hornchurch)
51 Billet Lane
Hornchurch
RM11 1AX
Tutor:
Andrew Rothwell
Course code:
Q00012141
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £60.00

Music Appreciation: The Music of Russia: From the Tsars to Stalin

The sparkling ballets of Tchaikovsky, the fantasy world of Rimsky Korsakov, the romance of Rachmaninov and the quirky humour of Prokofiev. Over eight weeks, you will meet these and many more glorious examples of Russian music from the early 19TH century to the recent past. As we chart how the national music developed from folk beginnings to internationally recognised trail-blazers, you will be able to develop your listening skills and learn about the challenges with which the composers had to struggle in making their voices heard. Our course is for everyone. No previous knowledge is required; just a willingness to listen, learn and enjoy.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 04/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
The Christ Church Centre (Henley-on-Tham
46 Reading Road
Henley-on-Thames
RG9 1AG
Tutor:
Christopher Carter
Course code:
Q00013773
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £80.00

Music Making: Music Theory Advanced

Explore music theory in a supportive online group! This course is designed for those who have a good foundation knowledge of Western music theory and who would like to explore more advanced topics relating to sheet music, scales, melody and harmony. This course will also branch out from traditional Western music theory and explore some of the music theory of other cultures that has become integrated and fused with our own. Students will have the opportunity to use a range of practical exercises at home, using their own digital app, piano or keyboard.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Lorna Poole
Course code:
Q00014133
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £88.80

Music Making: Improve your singing skills: advanced

Develop your singing skills in a supportive online group! Over the course, you will work on at least one moderately challenging contemporary song of your choice, supported by a range of vocal techniques and exercises, which you'll try out at home with a muted microphone. This will build your confidence in your singing skills. Please note: This is an advanced level course, so singing experience is required in order to take part.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Lorna Poole
Course code:
Q00014479
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £88.80

Music Appreciation: Introduction to Opera

Opera is often seen as an exotic and irrational art form, with some strange practices such as a woman playing the part of a man. By examining how opera has developed from its origins around 1600, this course explains how opera has responded to changes in society and the differing tastes of different countries in Europe. This course is for anyone whether you enjoy opera or are simply curios to know more.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 19/04/2024 -
Fri 19/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Ambrose Allen Centre (Tadley)
2 Franklin Avenue
Tadley
RG26 4ET
Tutor:
Robin John
Course code:
Q00010144
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

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:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00