Beginners Ensemble

Course Description

If you want to develop the instrumental / vocal skills you have learned at WMC in a group setting, then this is a great starting point. The Beginners Ensemble gives developing musicians and singers the opportunity to develop their ability in a band environment, learning and performing rock and pop classics. Public performance is the ultimate goal but this is also about interaction with your peers, performing songs that you enjoy.

Location: Camden

Course Content

The course will focus upon group rehearsal and performance skills. You will also be supported in developing your instrumental skills such as rhythmic, harmonic and melodic interpretation.

This will be achieved by performing a series of popular songs that are at an appropriate level for the members of the ensemble. Learners should make their own choices of material but the tutor reserves the right to make relevant suggestions and put on hold material that is not at the appropriate level.

Please note: although you will be introduced to all the above over a single term (10-weeks), the course is developmental over the whole year. If you sign up for the full three terms (courses A, B and C) at the start of the academic year e.g. August / September you will be entitled to the ?early bird? discount.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will learn through:

? Practical music making activities
? Group exercises and peer assessment
? Listening and analysis
? Demonstration and discussion
? Use of supporting online materials (Google Classroom)
? Individual practice
? Use of ILT (computers)
? Continuous assessment

Independent Learning

You will be expected to work independently to develop your practical music making skills. The focus should be on instrumental practice but may also include researching material to perform and even developing your own songs.


You will be continually assessed through your practical activities and will receive feedback in a variety of ways e.g. peer assessment, verbal and written feedback from your teacher.

Qualification you will achieve

This is a non-accredited course but a certificate of completion can be provided by the College on request.

Next Steps and Progression

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email:

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email:

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

Although WM College can provide some instruments, it is recommended that guitarists, bass players and wind players bring their own instruments and accessories e.g. leads, tuners, spare strings, etc.

The College provides financial support for course fees, which is based on an eligibility criteria. For more information, please contact a member of the Learner Services team at the main reception.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572