Jazz: Playing in a Band (Mixed Level)

Course Description

On this course you will join a band to learn a repertoire of jazz songs, with a view to honing your skills and working towards performing for audiences at WMC and beyond. As well as learning the tunes, you will explore how to improvise (solo) over the chord changes by learning appropriate scales and arpeggios. You will learn to play together tightly as a band and gain confidence as a performer. All instruments welcome, particularly horns.

Location: Camden

Course Content

As a group you will play through a range of songs and tunes from the jazz repertoire. You will also do exercises to improve your use of appropriate scales, arpeggios and phrases, and study some common jazz chord progressions.

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 practical music making skills. The focus should be on instrumental practice but may also include researching material to perform e.g. improvisation and solos for a particular piece. You should also develop your music theory skills.

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.

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: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 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.

Additional Costs

Although WM College can provide some instruments, it is recommended that guitar 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.
CAMDEN
44 Crowndale Road
NW1 1TR
Tel: 020 7255 4700
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk
KENTISH TOWN
7 Leighton Place
NW5 2QL
Tel: 020 7241 8572
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk