On this course you will explore the use of jazz chord shapes and inversions in the context of playing from chord charts as well as developing your blues and country-style rhythm and lead playing. There is further study of harmonised scales, modes and altered chords, building towards an understanding of where chords come from and how they are used in the context of different styles.
Suitable for guitarists with a good command of all open chords and some common jazz chords. You should be familiar with improvisation around basic scales such as minor and major pentatonic and have some understanding of basic music theory. You will also be expected to complete an Individual Learning Plan to help support your progress.
You will explore blues riffs and licks, altered chords and how to solo with them. You will also gain a broad knowledge of arpeggios and other approaches to jazz improvisation and work on some jazz standards. You can expect to be able to play the chords of a new tune e.g. a jazz standard, by looking at the chord chart and also be able to improvise around it with other musicians.
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
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 or perform in ensembles at WMC.
For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or phone: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk
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.
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.