17/04/18 - 01/05/18
Tuesday 18:00 - 18:45
|Centre:||Wallington - Wallington|
Standard - £22.50
Concessionary - £22.50
What are the overall aims of the course?
You will learn the basics of playing a musical instrument that is very accessible.
You will discover the joy of accompanying yourself while singing.
You will also gain the enjoyable experience of playing in a group.
You will aim at having a small repertoire of simple/popular songs (3 to 4 songs) selected by the tutor that you can practice at home to improve your playing ability and your technique.
What will I learn on the course?
You will be introduced to:
Tuning the Ukulele.
Playing the Ukulele using basic rhythm and strumming patterns
Refining your ear to develop your playing and practice
Reading basic tablature
Playing a couple of essential major and minor chords and learning about chord families.
Accompany yourself while singing a variety of songs.
Playing in time with others in a small group.
Your tutor will give you more information about the course and possible progression at your first session
After the short 3 week course, you will have the option of going away and practicing on your own or practice using online materials to further develop your playing ability before considering returning to join the Ukulele improvers group in future terms. Alternatively you are most welcome to join the Ukulele improvers group from week 4 of the term now that you have the basics. The other members of the Ukulele improvers group are always keen to have their sound both playing and singing boosted by new members. Please discuss these options with the tutor.
Are there any entry requirements?
None, this course is intended for complete beginners.
Do I need to attend a course approval interview/assessment before I can join this course?
How will I be taught?
Classroom based (including practical work where applicable)
Extending Learning through VERA (Virtual Education Resources & Activities)
Practical class work, follows initial tutor demonstration, explanation and instruction. General class guidance is given by the tutor with some one-to-one guidance where appropriate while other students practice. There will be elements of small group and whole class practice and students are also strongly encouraged to practice regularly at home to promote and maintain their development.
Song selection is discussed and students are encouraged to put forward ideas and depending on the complexity of the songs, student preference is taken into consideration.
Students also have the opportunity of performing at Sutton College’s spring concerts in front of an audience of other sympathetic students and their family and friends.
How will my progress be checked?
Informal assessment in class
Continuous informal assessment methods are used by the tutor to monitor students’ progress and involve observation, questions and answers and discussion activities.
Does the course have any features I should be aware of?
To get the most from the course, you need to be able to:
Follow spoken instructions.
Understand the number concepts of rhythms and recognise the differences between different rhythms.
Work and perform individually and in small groups.
What do I need to bring with me to class?
A good quality ukulele – for example Lanakai and Kala (but there are other good brands). Expect to pay upwards of £40 for this. There are four sizes of ukulele: Soprano, Concert, Tenor or Baritone. The Soprano is the most frequently used for beginners but any of these is appropriate apart from the Baritone.
Please refer to additional information sheet for more detailed advice on purchasing a Ukulele.
You also need to purchase a digital ukulele tuner so that everyone is in tune with each other.
How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?
Additional Learning Support (ALS) may be made available for learners who, at the time of assessment and/or enrolment, declare a difficulty or disability that may affect their learning. Our service can support learners in English, maths, who are dyslexic, deaf or hearing impaired or who have evidence of other medical issues impacting on learning. Learners can also find information about financial and child care support from the Customer Enquiry Centre.
You will be issued with a Sutton College e-mail address, which will give you access to Sutton College’s Virtual Learning Environment, called VERA.
There is free guest Wi-Fi available in the College
Can I receive advice and guidance about further education opportunities and careers?
Yes. To find out more about what may be available to you please contact our Advice Team. See www.suttoncollege.ac.uk/college/advice-centre
What can I do after the course has finished?
After the short 3 week course, you will have the option of going away and practicing on your own or practice using online materials to further develop your playing ability before considering returning to join the Ukulele improvers group in future terms. Alternatively you are most welcome to join the Ukulele improvers group from week 4 of the term now that you have the basics. The other members of the Ukulele improvers group are always keen to have their sound both playing and singing boosted by new members.
Please discuss these options with the tutor.
What should I do if I have any questions?
If you can’t find the answer to your query on the College website, please contact the Customer Services Team on 0208 2894700 or complete an online query at www.suttoncollege.ac.uk/contact-us
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