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Music courses

Discover the music courses we offer.

Singers at Converge music concert

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

Communitas Choir

Course length: 12 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 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.

International Drumming

Course length: 8 weeks

Learning type: On campus learning

International Drumming will introduce beginners to the world of drumming using instruments and rhythmical music from West African and South American countries such as Ghana, Gambia, Brazil and Cuba.

No previous experience is needed as the tutor will start with the basics and help you achieve the best you can in a creative, group environment, with the aim of a short performance at the end of each term. Bang stuff and feel good about it.

Individual tuition on specific drums will also be available on request.

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.

World Music Appreciation

Course length: 8 weeks

Learning type: Online through Converge Connected

World Music Appreciation is an introductory course designed to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of global musical traditions.

Throughout the course, students will delve into the diverse functionalities and social influences of music, spanning from traditional to contemporary styles around the world, including Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, and more. This course focuses on the vibrant spectrum of world music, exploring a rich tapestry of repertoires, musical instruments, and styles from various cultures.

Introduction to Music Composition

Course length: 8 weeks

Learning type: On campus learning

This course aims to provide Converge students with the opportunity to compose for an ensemble, exploring the steps taken to compose for the chosen instrumentation, and finish the course with a live ensemble performance.

You will gain expert knowledge on the instrumentation in the ensemble, as well as developing notational or technological skills. This course is open to all levels of composers, whether you are a complete beginner or a professional musician.

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.

Piano Improvisation

Course length: 6 weeks

Learning type: On campus learning

This course is for anyone who wants to learn the basics of improvisation on the piano, regardless of what experience they may have.

Whether a complete beginner or a more advanced player, this will be a relaxed and fun way of creating music. We will cover well known chord structures that can act as a foundation to write your own pieces as well as simple patterns that can be adapted to your unique style.

Sing Your Story

Course length: 6 weeks

Learning type: On campus learning

Sing Your Story provides students a platform to share their original songs or any songs that have significant meaning behind, by singing, playing, storytelling, or reflective writing.

This 6-week course is hoped to increase students' confidence, emotional wellbeing, reflective thinking, and to build an inclusive environment where everyone learns from each other. A new theme will be introduced in each session.

Anyone who enjoys solo singing, playing musical instruments, or has inspiring stories to share is welcome to join. No prior knowledge is needed!

I still struggle a lot. But I think I've definitely felt more confident in my ability to be more than a patient. I would now describe myself as a student and a member of a choir rather than a patient and a service user.
 Converge student

Meet the Communitas Choir

A short video about the Communitas Choir at Converge, made by Media Production Students at York St John University.