Reggae brings together many musical influences combining Jamaican and American genres to create a hybrid style that has a strong rhythmic foundation. WMC’s reggae band will focus on performing music from a wide variety of established artists helping you to develop a greater understanding of how rhythm, melody and harmony work together to form this unique style of music. All musicians and singers are welcome in particular, drums, percussion, bass, brass, guitar, keys and vocals.
This course is suitable for musicians and singers who feel confident they can work in an ensemble. Reggae relies upon a strong rhythmic foundation so performance skills such as good timing and understanding when and when not to play will enable individuals to get the best out of this ensemble. Ideally, the ensemble can accommodate two guitar players, 3 to 4 singers, drummers and percussionists who are happy to play the kit and a variety of percussion instruments, a bass player, a keyboard player and 3 to 4 horn players. You will also need to complete an Individual Learning Plan.
During this course, you will be introduced to performance techniques associated with reggae. The course will include performing material from a variety of artists associated with reggae and associated musical styles e.g. ska and material will be selected based upon the ability of individuals and the instruments available to the ensemble. 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 such as peer assessment, verbal and written feedback from your teacher. This is a non-accredited course but a certificate of completion can be provided by the College on request.
Next Steps and Progression
Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.
For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or 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.
WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.