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Classical and Acoustic Guitar (Beginners/Mixed Level)

Course Description

On this course you will be introduced to acoustic and classical guitar music skills, building on your ability to play basic rudiments and techniques up to an intermediate level. You will learn about posture, fingerpicking techniques, basic chord progressions, basic music notation and guitar tab reading. You will also perform pieces in ensemble or accompany solo pieces.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

In order to enrol on this course, no previous experience is required.
You will need to bring your acoustic (steel strings) or classical (nylon strings) guitar with you. A guitar footstool is desirable. You will also be expected to complete an Individual Learning Plan to help support your progress.

Course Content

On the course you will cover:

Acoustic and classical guitar basic techniques (arpeggios, strumming)
Learning chord progressions
Learning to read music notation and guitar tab
Learning pieces in ensemble or accompanying solo pieces
Focusing on tempo and timing in solo or in ensemble performance
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, Peer assessment, Listening and analysis, Demonstration and discussion, Use of supporting online materials (Google Classroom / OneDrive), Individual practice, Use of ILT (computers), Continuous assessment

Independent Learning

You will be expected to work independently to develop your guitar technique. The focus should be on instrumental practice but should also include developing your understanding of music theory.


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, join other guitar classes or perform in ensembles 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

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

WM College is able to provide financial support for 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