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Blues Ensemble (Mixed Level)

Course Description

If you sing or play an instrument, come and join the Blues Ensemble at WMC. It will give you the opportunity to interact with other musicians and prepare for public performance. Playing in the ensemble will help further your knowledge of a wide range of musical styles such as rock that have their roots in blues music. I woke up this morning will never mean the same again.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

Learners need to have a confident level of ability in their instrument and although there is no pre-assessment for the course, you need to be at a level that is appropriate for the ensemble as a whole. You will also be expected to complete an Individual Learning Plan to help support your progress. The class can accommodate the following musicians up to a limit of 12 in total (the group can be bigger with tutor approval): 1 drummer, 1 bass player, 1 percussionist, up to 2 keyboard players, up to 3 singers, up to 4 guitarists, up to two blues harp players and other wind instruments such as sax If there are too many of a particular instrument (or vocal performers) that can be accommodated by the ensemble, we reserve the right to direct you to another appropriate course. If an individuals confidence level is not appropriate for the ensemble, we reserve the right to direct you to another appropriate course.

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 blues songs from classic performers such as Howling Wolf and Chuck Berry among a wide range of others. You will also be encouraged to improvise and develop your ability to interpret the blues. 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 activities, group exercises and peer assessment, listening and analysis, demonstration and discussion, use of supporting online materials, individual practice, use of ILT and continuous assessment. There is no homework associated with the sessions but please do discuss extension activities with your tutor.

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

Upon successful completion of the course you may be able to progress to accredited courses at Level 1 or perform in other ensembles or instrumental tuition classes at WMC.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

This course is not eligible for Additional Learning Support (ALS), however teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs.??Reasonable adjustments including assistive equipment and also access support can be made available through our Disability Officer.? Digital learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.?

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for some course fees. You may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572