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All our courses may be subject to change. You will be notified of these changes if necessary.

Communitas Choir

Course length: 18 weeks including 3 week break

Learning type: On campus learning

Everyone can sing. In our large community choir you sing as a part of a group in a welcoming and supportive environment. Songs are taught orally so there is no need to read music.

Choir members can develop further by:

  • Song leading:  train as a song leader, learning how to lead warm ups and simple songs. 
  • Soloing: learn and sing solos with the choir. 

Continuing Applied Music Theory for Singers

Course length: 6 weeks

Learning type: On campus learning

This course is an intermediate course. It is for those who have completed the introductory music theory course or have a foundational knowledge of basic music theory.

You will take your understanding of pitch, rhythm, harmony and notation to the next level. You will improve your ability to sight-sing using a piano or keyboard as reference.

All paper materials will be provided.

Gamelan

Course length: 8 weeks

Learning type: On campus learning

This course offers a rare chance to play genuine Indonesian Gamelan Percussion. No experience is needed.

Gamelan percussion instruments include bronze and iron gongs and wooden carved drums. During the session you will explore these amazing instruments and their relaxing soundworld. You will find out about another culture and its musical tradition. You will also be able to use your own creative ideas in improvisation and composition.

Playing the Gamelan traditionally involves removing your footwear and sitting on the floor. You may want to bring your own cushion.

Music Production

Course length: 8 weeks

Learning type: On campus learning 

Express your creativity through learning the music production skills needed to produce your own track. Your track will be based on a feeling or emotion of your choice. Your finished track will be showcased through SoundCloud for you to share with others. 

During the course you will use Logic Pro X. You will learn basic editing techniques as well as getting the chance to record your own sounds. There will be chances for group and 1 to 1 support, allowing you to connect with others as well as concentrate on your own work.

Introduction to Songwriting

Course length: 8 weeks

Learning type: On campus learning

On this course we aim to inspire you to write your own songs. 

During the course you will learn song writing technique and explore different sources of inspiration. To build your confidence, you will take part in weekly song writing challenges.

We will listen to music and discuss meaning, story, structure and song-writing hooks. Sessions will include group exercises and discussions as well as 1 to 1 time with the tutor.

At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to record your own song to a professional standard.

Continuing Songwriting

Course length: Fortnightly sessions

Learning type: On campus learning

This course is for those who have attended Introduction to Songwriting or have written songs before. 

During the course we will practice creative warm-ups, listen to songs and work on material for your own songs through various sources of inspiration.

The group provides a safe space to share ideas, discuss songs and look closely at the craft of song-writing. You will be able to perform your own songs in front of the group for constructive feedback.

Piano improvisation

Course length: 6 weeks

Learning type: On campus learning

Is it possible to learn how to improvise? Do you struggle with reading music but want the freedom to create your own pieces?

This course is designed to build your confidence with improvisation on the piano. We will cover well known chord structures that can act as a foundation to write your own pieces.

During the course you will gain an understanding of how to improvise in different styles while having a lot of fun along the way.

Instrumental tuition

During term time

Learning type: On campus learning

We offer tuition for instruments including guitar, piano, vocals and percussion.

Tuition takes place on campus. Tutors are Converge staff and University music students. For more information please contact converge@yorksj.ac.uk

Composing to moving image

Course length: 6 sessions

Learning type: On campus learning

On this course you will explore what makes suitable and effective music for various moving images, such as adverts or documentaries.

Sessions will be practical and will give you an insight into writing scores that support the stories on screen.

No theoretical knowledge or ability to read music is needed, but you do need to play an instrument and bring it to each session. If you play piano, there will be one provided.

Music Appreciation

Course length: 6 sessions

Learning type: Online through Converge Connected

This introductory course will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of music.

You will explore music's various functionalities and social influences, from western classical to contemporary. You will also look at music from around the world, including Indonesia, China and India.

Together we will explore a wide range of repertoires, musical instruments and styles.

Meet the Communitas Choir

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