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Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Isha Crichlow
  • Course Code W24CCLG03A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Explore wind ensemble repertoire in a variety of styles, with opportunities for publiperformance. Suitable for players of Grade 4-6 (ABRSM) standard (depending on assigned parts) . Students can join in any term, subject to tutor approval. Players of all woodwind instruments are welcome to join this very sociable class.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • hold an independent part and contribute to keeping a steady pulse in ensemble repertoire with a moderately challenging rhythmic content
  • listen across the enemble to assess your place in relation to balance, blend and intonation
  • blend in with a section playing the same part
  • differentiate between melody and accompanying roles in a piece and play accordingly
  • use a variety of articulation, tone, dynamic and phrasing to convey the character of different musical works and styles

Class format and activities

Playing with the ensemble and with individual sections. Making note of practice required between sessions. Listening to the tutor and taking notes. Participating in an end-of-term in-class performance in external performance opportunities where possible. You will need to follow and contribute to discussions in English. Music Study can include the use of digital resources such as listening to recordings, watching videos online, using appropriate mobile applications and following Moodle -Morley's virtual learning environment- to enhance your learning inside and outside the classroom. Music study also offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to enhance wellbeing. Music practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment including developing creativity, developing high-concentration levels, building self-confidence, working to deadlines, being able to control nerves and working as part of a team.

Entry requirements

At least two years' playing experience or a level of at least ABRSM Grade 4 is necessary. Previous ensemble experience is desirable but not essential, however you should be reasonably confident at reading rhythms, counting rests and playing in keys of up to 4 sharps and flats.

What you need to know before you enrol

You will need to be able to play for a two hour session with short break in the middle. Due to the nature of the instruments/content of the course you might be exposed to high volume levels. We strongly encourage everyone to bring a pair of ear plugs to every lesson. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.

What you need

Instrument, instrument stand, pencil, notebook (optional).

What you can do next

This course runs every term, and repertoire will change so you can usefully repeat it. As you advance in skill on your instrument, you may also be interested in joining bands playing other styles of music, such as Big Band or Swing Band. You may also be interested in any other instrumental courses Morley offers.