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The Basics of Rhythm (Beginner/Mixed Level)

Course Description

This course is for anyone who wants to learn the basics of rhythm.? You will learn about pulse, metre and tempo.? You will learn about notes, rests and the meaning and use of time signatures. You will learn a variety of counting methods and will explore linear counting systems, additive rhythm and polyrhythm.?

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Rhythms can be played on percussion instruments,?on your instrument or can be clapped or sung.? If you are an instrumentalist, you are encouraged to bring your instrument to class.?

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

This course is suitable for all levels, from beginners to more experienced performers who want to refresh their knowledge and develop their skills.

Course Content

This course is for anyone who wants to learn the basics of rhythm.? You will learn about pulse, metre and tempo.? You will learn about notes, rests and the meaning and use of time signatures. You will learn a variety of counting methods and will explore linear counting systems, additive rhythm and polyrhythm.?

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Rhythms can be played on percussion instruments,?on your instrument or can be clapped or sung.? If you are an instrumentalist, you are encouraged to bring your instrument to class.?

Course Content

During this course, you will practice a variety of basic rhythms and focus upon timing in order to build confidence in your ability to play music. The course will cover some basic rhythmic notation and introduce you to techniques such as body percussion (hand claps for example) to help you establish your own practice routines. You will work in a group setting and learn how to interact with other performers to develop your timing and rhythm skills.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will learn through practical activities, peer assessment, listening and analysis, demonstration and discussion, use of supporting online materials, individual practice, use of ILT and continuous assessment. You will be expected to work independently to develop your practical rhythm skills. The focus should be on practicing your timing and rhythms but may also include researching material to perform.

Independent Learning

There is no homework associated with this course, but your teacher will suggest activities that will help you develop between classes. Resources will also be available online to help you practice outside of class.

Assessment

There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will outline the learning objectives for the course. You will also be invited to set your own goals. You will receive feedback against the achievement of these outcomes during the course from your tutor, and in written form at the end of the course.

Qualification you will achieve

There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term on a similar Performing Arts course such as our drumming or Latin Percussion classes. Alternatively, take a look at our courses that have a qualification, if you are thinking of a career in this area or progressing to further and higher levels of study.

Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email enrol@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 via email and in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College provides all the basic materials and equipment you will need to complete the course. Your tutor will advise you where you can buy materials or equipment to extend your study, should you wish. The College provides financial support for some 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