When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Edward Henderson
  • Course Code W24CCLA03A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This course is for instrumentalists who want to make music with other people, collaborate, compose, arrange, improvise and jam in a range of different styles. Drawing on traditions of jazz, pop and rock and experimental composition you will learn: how to work with others; how to respond quickly and creatively to an unfamiliar prompt; how to use your instrumental skills to make music in a range of idioms. As well as being fun and creative this will improve your overall musicianship, ensemble playing and theory as well as improving your fluency on your instrument.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop an arrangement from a lead sheet
  • Arrange a track around an isolated vocal
  • Compose short collaborative pieces with other members of the group
  • Make pieces to fit specific briefs (eg TV themes for imagined programmes).
  • Improvise in a range of idioms

Class format and activities

The classes will involve the teacher introducing specific projects that will then be worked on over a number of weeks to develop class performances. Students will be asked to collaborate and make work in the classroom.

Entry requirements

Students should be working towards fluency on their instrument (grade 5 or equivalent and above). Some fluency with chords and transposition would be very useful. The course will refer to a range of western notation styles. If you don’t read music you will need to have a very established performance practice to feel confident in the course.

What you need

Your instrument, notebook, manuscript paper.

What you can do next

You may be interested in any Aural Training and Musicianship or music theory & Musicianship course Morley offers. You may also be interested in the Composition Workshop course or any jazz piano course.