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Music Theory and Ear Training

Course Description

This course will focus on basic music theory and music notation enhanced with ear-training activities. You will be learning about musical figures and rhythms, intervals, major and minor scales as well as basic harmony and chords. You will be engaged in recognition of musical rhythms, intervals, scales and chords. You will be encouraged to engage in practical activities such as singing and clapping rhythms and you will also develop your music theory skills.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

No previous experience or specific skills are required to participate in and enjoy the course. However, you do need to be a music lover! The course is aimed at musicians and composers who want to improve their ear training and music theory. However, it is also appropriate to anyone who loves music because it will help you develop the ability to hear music on a deeper level. You will also be expected to complete an Individual Learning Plan to help support your progress.

Course Content

The course content will cover: understanding music theory concepts, developing and understanding active ear training skills, improved ear training in relation to rhythms, intervals, scales and chords, a greater appreciation of the learned musical elements in everyday music, greater confidence in expressing musical terms and individual opinions. 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.


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 accredited courses at Level 1, progress to our composition and song writing classes or even music production which can also develop your listening skills through understanding the properties of sound and how this relates to musical form and composition.

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