What is the course about?
Brass instruments are incredibly versatile in their use across history and around the world. We’ll explore music from a variety of cultures including music of the African diaspora (Ghanain high-life, South African Township Jazz, Salsa, Ska/Reggae) as well Western classical music (early music as well as more modern styles). Our approach will encompass ensemble playing and reading notation, as well as improvisation.
Please email the music department (firstname.lastname@example.org) when you enrol to inform us which instrument you play.
What will we cover?
- Written arrangements tailored to the participants
- Healthy breathing technique
- Adapting playing approaches and technique to different styles of music
- Group improvisation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have an awareness of good breathing technique and posture, leading to a relaxed approach to playing, free of muscular tension
- Have improved reading of musical notation
- Have a broader awareness of musical styles and how to approach them
- Make creative choices as part of a group improvisation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need to be grade 5 standard or above and have some confidence with sight-reading. You must be also be able to follow instructions in verbal and written English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- You will be taught in the context of a large group/ensemble; there may be some small group ‘splitting off’ from the main session as well.
- Practicing material and techniques outside of the class is encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring your own instrument(s). You must play an instrument from the brass family, such as trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, french horn, tenor/baritone horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may also be interested in Orchestra Workshops, Big Bands, Improvising in classical Instrumental music, Music appreciation courses.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details