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Guitar Essentials: Online

Course Description

In this online guitar course, students will learn guitar basics as well as intermediate techniques. These will include posture, fingerstyle and plectrum techniques, chords, scales, simple/intermediate pieces spacing from classical, Spanish to folk/blues genres of music. The lesson will start with a group introduction to the topic followed by individual sessions. For this course, you need a device with a camera that connects to the Internet and a guitar. Sessions will take place on Zoom.

Location: Online Course

Course Requirements

This course is suitable for all levels, from beginners to more experienced guitarists who want to refresh their knowledge and hone their playing. However, you will need access to a computer, smartphone or tablet that can allow you to participate in the class and a suitable instrument (classical, acoustic or electric). You are also expected to practise regularly between classes. The teacher will give each student continuous feedback and help develop each student from their current level. No previous musical knowledge is required.

Course Content

During this online course, you will focus upon guitar basics as well as exploring intermediate techniques. This will include posture, fingerstyle and plectrum techniques as well as chords, scales and a variety of musical pieces that span different styles and genres.

Please note: although you will be introduced to all the above over 5 weeks, courses are 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, creative activities
Group exercises and peer assessment
Listening and analysis
Demonstration and discussion
Use of supporting online materials (Google Classroom/Teams)
Individual practice
Use of ILT (computers)
Continuous assessment


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.

Next Steps and Progression

Upon successful completion of the course, you may be able to progress to other WMC performing arts or creative arts classes.

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