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Let's Play Jazz

Let's Play Jazz

COURSE No. 234

TUTOR: Colin Speight

Have you ever fancied trying your hand at playing jazz? It is not as hard as you think. If you have been playing an instrument for three years or more, know a couple of scales and can read the odd note or two, then come along and see how Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis created and improvised their music. You...

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African Drumming

African Drumming

New for 2020

COURSE No. 235

TUTOR: Luke Winton

Experience and enjoy the vitality and creative freedom that African drumming has to offer. Suited to all levels of ability, this course will help improve your co-ordination, mindfulness, teamwork and musicality. Your tutor will encourage you to immerse yourself in rhythm and let the pulse of the drum take control. You will be mainly playing West African rhythms from the Mandinka tribe,...

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Harp of the British Isles

Harp of the British Isles

New for 2020

COURSE No. 236

TUTOR: Janet Harbison

The Celts, Anglo-Saxons, Norsemen, Vikings, Normans, English and more, have gifted the British Isles with a magnificent musical heritage. Distinctive instruments have evolved and their respective traditions are still vibrant in our cultural lives. Arguably, the harp is one of the most accessible and rewarding. It is equally relevant to all the British regions, albeit with some variable regional characteristics that are all...

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An Introduction to Understanding Classical Music: Baroque to 20th Century

An Introduction to Understanding Classical Music: Baroque to 20th Century

COURSE No. 237

TUTOR: Wendy Taylor

Have you ever sat in a classical music concert and been surprised? Do you listen to classical music and really do not understand what you are listening too? If you answered yes, then this is the course for you. Your tutor will enlighten you on Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century music, as well as genres, composers, instruments and what to listen...

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Music Keyboard Skills for Beginners

Music Keyboard Skills for Beginners

COURSE No. 238

TUTOR: Vivienne Couch

Learning to play the piano or a modern version like the electric keyboard is mostly an individual experience where the opportunity to play simultaneously with others does not arise. This course combines the fun of learning together on the electric keyboard with learning important piano techniques. As a group, you will use the electric keyboards for note learning, rhythm, listening skills, coordination and...

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Celtic Harp for Beginners

Celtic Harp for Beginners

COURSE No. 239

TUTOR: Janet Harbison

This course for complete beginners will have you playing tunes within the week and singing familiar songs and airs to your own harp accompaniment, guaranteed!The tutor's 'teaching by ear' method is completely accessible for those who have never 'learned' music before, as well as for those who have. As a group you will also enjoy creating your own fun folk session. A...

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A Guide to Classical Music in the 20th and 21st Centuries

A Guide to Classical Music in the 20th and 21st Centuries

New for 2020

COURSE No. 240

TUTOR: Wendy Taylor

During this course, you will discover how classical music evolved from Romanticism to Modernism and explore the concepts of nationalism, serialism, experimentalism, impressionism and minimalism. This is very much a beginner's course and you will not need any music reading ability. The tutor will explain everything as she goes along and gently guide your ear from the 19th century into the explosive...

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Circle Dance: Dancing the Circle of Life

Circle Dance: Dancing the Circle of Life

COURSE No. 241

TUTOR: Lilly Sell-Dunkley

Come and enjoy celebrating the different stages of life through a wide variety of dance and music from around the world. The dances are broken down into easy chunks and expertly taught. Some are lively, others are gentle and refl ective, but the atmosphere is always relaxed. The tutor will promote a friendly and supportive group where the motto is, 'no mistakes,...

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Samba Dance

Samba Dance

New for 2020

COURSE No. 242

TUTOR: Morilie Taiwo

Welcome to a course where you can unleash the inner samba dancer in you and wear a permanent smile throughout. Thanks to uplifting and energetic music, you will lose yourself in the rhythms of Latin America. Let the rhythm take control and discover a dance genre that will boost your whole wellbeing. The steps are easy to pick up and the...

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The World of Flamenco

The World of Flamenco

COURSE No. 243

TUTOR: Rosa Maria Reed

This course is an introduction to the passionate, exciting, beautiful dance of Flamenco, one of the most popular dance forms in the world with over 10 million people enjoying weekly classes. Tutored by an expert from Camino del Flamenco, during this course you will learn about the dance, its culture and history. Accompanied by a Flamenco guitarist, you will also learn basic...

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Dance that is 'Strictly' Fun!

Dance that is 'Strictly' Fun!

New for 2020

COURSE No. 244

TUTOR: Annabel Brash

This course is full of dance that is 'strictly' fun! The emphasis will be on enjoyment and having a go at a relaxed pace, with the opportunity to watch and appreciate some iconic dances along the way. You will try a variety of styles in the form of ballroom and Latin-inspired FitSteps dance fitness, Bollywood-inspired dancercise and burlesque, as well as learn...

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Beginners Ballroom Dancing

Beginners Ballroom Dancing

COURSE No. 246

TUTOR: Michael Freke

This course provides an opportunity to learn the basics of Waltz, Quickstep, Tango and Social Foxtrot. The tutor will help the men to lead their partners through a simple sequence in each rhythm. Dancing provides exercise, enhances memory and encourages social interaction. You will have fun while acquiring skills that benefit you for life. Couples are especially welcome. However, it is not...

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