Music Performance - Music and Singing Courses

Instrumental Courses

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Performing Arts

All our Music Performance courses are available for adults aged 19 on 31 August 2019 and over only.

Please click on the Music Performance course title in blue for more information and how to enrol.

Daytime & Evening Music Performance Courses at WMC-The Camden College, London


Piano/Keyboards

Piano and Keyboard (Beginners)

This intensive course is suitable for absolute beginners and is taught using acoustic pianos and keyboards. You will learn basic piano techniques, including 5-finger patterns and chords, simple pieces, as well as music reading, through individual and group tuition and playing. In order to gain the most out of the course we recommend 15 minutes of practice at least four times a week. You will be learning how to maintain good posture and take regular breaks during each class to avoid overuse injuries.

Piano and Keyboard (Intermediate)

This intensive course is suitable for intermediate learners and those returning to play piano and with the ability to read music. The course is taught using acoustic pianos and keyboards. During the course you will be learning and demonstrating independence of your hand and fingers, play with sensitivity of touch while maintaining an improved posture and hand position.


Guitar

Classical and Acoustic Guitar (Beginners/Intermediate)

On this course you will be introduced to the fundamentals of classical guitar technique. You will learn basic technical elements, simple classical guitar pieces and the music theory fundamentals. You will also play simple classical guitar pieces in ensemble.

Guitar Classical Orchestra (Intermediate/Advanced)

On this course you will learn how to play in ensemble, guided by a conductor. You will improve your technical background learning new scales and arpeggios. You will learn extended techniques such as percussion on guitar and play simple classical pieces to enjoy together. You will also improve your rhythmic skills and musical theory knowledge as well.

Guitar: Blues, Country and Jazz (Beginners/Intermediate)

Blues, country and jazz are the roots of modern pop and rock music. On this course you will learn how to play basic chords, strumming techniques and riffs as well as some basic scales for use in soloing. You will learn how to play through the chords of a song and play in time with other musicians. The basics of music theory will be introduced.

Guitar: Blues, Country and Jazz: Intermediate

When you want to expand your guitar playing beyond the beginner stage this course is for you. You will learn songs that are a little more complex in their chord sequences, use of barre chords, country flatpicking, blues licks and have an introduction to jazz chords, learning to play a jazz standard. We will begin to explore the fascinating world of how chords fit together to reach an understanding of the basis of all music theory.

Guitar: Blues, Country and Jazz: Upper Intermediate

On this course you will explore the use of jazz chord shapes and inversions in the context of playing from chord charts as well as developing your blues and country-style rhythm and lead playing. There is further study of harmonised scales, modes and altered chords, towards an understanding of where chords come from and why they are as they are.

Guitar: Pop Music (Beginners/Intermediate)

Blues, country and jazz are the roots of modern pop and rock music. On this course you will learn how to play basic chords, strumming techniques and riffs as well as some basic scales for use in soloing. You will learn how to play through the chords of a song and play in time with other musicians. The basics of music theory will be introduced.

Rock Guitar (Beginners)

On this course you will be introduced to rock guitar music skills building on your ability to play basic rudiments and techniques.You will learn technical exercises, scales, chords and to play example of rock chord progression and riffs. You will also learn how to improvise easy guitar solos. During the course you will discuss and analyse rock guitar player’s performances in order to introduce you to the wide rock guitar panorama.


Drums

Drumming: Intermediate

On this course you will be introduced to playing the drum kit, stick techniques including single and double stroke rolls, and paradiddles. You will learn to play key beats for pop, rock, reggae and jazz. If you want to play drums in a group then this is the course for you.

Drums: Pop Music

On this course you will be introduced to playing the drum kit, stick techniques including single and double stroke rolls, and paradiddles. You will learn to play key beats for pop, rock, reggae and jazz. If you want to play drums in a group then this is the course for you.

Latin Percussion (Beginners/Intermediate)

On this course you will learn drumming techniques and rhythms from Cuba, Latin America and the African diaspora; Rumba, Salsa, Bantu, Arara, and Yoruba rhythms may be included. You will also learn to apply some of the rhythms to popular music. You will learn hand drumming techniques on congas and have the opportunity to gain experience with other instruments such as timbale, bata and bongo.


Ensembles

Classical Orchestra Ensemble

On this course you will be introduced to acoustic guitar music skills building on your ability to play basic rudiments and techniques. You will learn fingerpicking technique, basic grooves by drumming the guitar, alternative tunings from the standard one and to play simple tunes in a contemporary acoustic style. You will be introduced to basic compositional process in order to create your own tunes. During the course you will discuss and analyse acoustic guitar music players in order to introduce you to the wide acoustic guitar styles.

Jazz: Playing in a Band (Intermediate/Advanced)

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.

Popular Music Performance (Intermediate)

If you are a musician or singer who wants to learn how to perform pop music in a group, this course is for you. You will be introduced to the knowledge and skills you will need to perform in a pop group. You will develop rehearsal and performance skills and learn about the language and etiquette of performance. You will be guided in developing a practical understanding of musicianship and performance. You will learn about the musical roles within an ensemble, and will also develop solo performance skills. Musical techniques will be developed as well the language of musical performance. This course requires pre assessment. Interviews may take place in person or by phone.


Singing

Jazz Singing 1 (Beginners)

For the first time Jazz Singing is part of our curriculum at WMC.. Jazz gave birth to a totally new concept of voice being used as an instrument in which singers can express themselves by scatting around. This genre made famous some of the finest singers ever, from Frank Sinatra to Bobby McFerrin, from Billie Holyday to Rachelle Ferrell and on this course you will discover more about their vocal abilities. Singers will be guided to a healthy vocal routine, technique and tips to enhance their singing through a variety of exercises. We will explore songs and vocal improvisation and hot to get ready to perform in group and on your own. Jazz is fun, classy and rough, elegant and crazy, tender and harsh. And simply the perfect mix for singing. A great course to challenge yourself and bring your singing to a totally different place.

Singing 1: Find Your Own Voice (Beginners/Intermediate)

If you like singing and want to explore performance, this is the course for you. You will be guided through a healthy vocal routine, and learn techniques and tips to enhance your singing through a variety of exercises. We will sing songs from different styles such as Pop, Rock, Blues, Art Song, Folk, Soul, and Jazz to find the genre that suits your voice. Get ready to perform in class as part of a group or solo. This course requires a little previous experience and it focuses on techniques. You need to be willing to learn from practising, discussing, reading, listening to others and performing.

Singing 2 (Intermediate/Advanced)

At this stage, singing is a matter of confidence, versatility and control. We will explore the technical side of singing and sing songs from different styles such as Pop, Rock, Blues and Folk and at an appropriate level to learn. Singers are expected to be able to sing and deliver good performance at grade 5 level. In this class you are expected to learn songs in group and then sing them on your own and in group.

Singing: Contemporary (Beginners)

Have you ever thought about your voice as a unique feature of your own body? Well, it is so very unique, that’s why singing is so magical! Learners will be guided to a healthy vocal routine, technique and tips to enhance their singing through a variety of exercises. We will explore and sing songs from different styles such as Pop, Rock, Blues and Folk and at an appropriate level to learn the basics of singing. In this friendly class you are expected to sing in group and there will be no pressure to sing on your own. This course requires NO previous experience and even those who have studied singing in the past can use this course to refresh their knowledge and keep it up-to-date with the current physiology knowledge. The course is based on technique, theory, group discussion, group practice and group singing. Get a glimpse of that beautiful, amazing, thrilling and exciting world of singing!

Singing: Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM)

New this year, Musical Theatre lands at WMC offering an opportunity to join in the passionate, fun, up-lifting and magical style of Musical Theatre. This is the World of Cats, Hair, Top Hat, and Wicked, Singing in the Rain, Matilda, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz, The Lion King, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line, My Fair Lady, Evita, West Side Story, Cabaret and many more. Through exercises, singers will be guided through a healthy vocal routine, techniques and tips to enhance their singing. You will be singing and performing in a group and have the opportunity for singing solo parts as well.

Singing: Learn the Basics

This course is tailored for those who love rock, pop and soul music. You will explore the relevant techniques and repertoires through fun, creative improvisation activities and work towards solo
performance.This course will cover warm-up techniques, breathing exercises, microphone techniques and the use of rhythm, phrasing and expression. You will learn how to practice in order to improve your performance stamina, your intonation and your sense of style.


Musicianship and Music Theory

 

Music Theory: Melody, Rhythms and Harmony

On this course you will be introduced to the basic elements of music and musical notation, covering basic rhythm, harmony and melody. This course will also prepare you to sit ABRSM exams, Grade 1 to 2, if you wish. The course is designed for anyone who wishes to learn about the basic elements of music and musical notation. It will demystify the language of music for all kinds of musicians.

Song Writing and Instrumental Accompaniment Skills

Learn the first steps into becoming a successful songwriter by discovering and developing your song writing skills on this brand new course. This course will give you the basic tools songwriters use to write beautifully crafted lyrics and melodies. It will also provide you with an understanding of the basic music theory commonly used in popular song writing.


Music Technology

DJ Skills (Beginners/Intermediate)

On this course you will be introduced to a range of recording, DJ and performance skills, with an emphasis on practical skills. There will be some discussion on the music industry and music theory. If you have an interest in the art of DJing, be it purely for pleasure or as a profession, this is the course for you.

Logic Pro X: Music Production (Beginners/Intermediate)

If you like garage band you’ll love Logic Pro: the powerful, full-featured music application with all the tools you need to create professional-quality music productions. On this course you will learn how to record, arrange, and edit audio and MIDI regions, add high-quality effects, mix your music in stereo or surround, and export the final mix in a variety of formats for distribution. For everyone from part-time hobbyists to new and old musicians, composers and DJs who wish to use computer technology to record, create, produce and master their own music. If you have a passion for creating, writing or re-mixing all types of music, this is the course for you.

Logic Pro X: Music Production (Intermediate/Advanced)

On this course, you will build on the skills gained on Logic Pro X Music Production Introduction, or equivalent. You will extend your understanding and use of this programme, covering more complex and advanced techniques in sound production. This course is designed for musicians, composers and DJs who wish to use technology to create
and produce their own music.