What is the course about?
This course give you an opportunity to improve your ensemble skills and explore a range of musical styles in an intensive two-day workshop. An ideal introduction to wind ensemble playing for the novice, and a fun workshop for the more experienced.
This course also leads to the regular Build Wind Ensemble, starting in September.
What will we cover?
The course will develop aspects of ensemble technique according to the demands of the repertoire: following a conductor, rhythmic ensemble, tuning, balance, interpretation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- have a greater awareness of tuning and balance within an ensemble
- have improved articulation and dynamic control within an ensemble
- have an ability to adapt the above techniques according to the style of a piece.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Playing standard of at least grade 5, with confident sight-reading skills.
Instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, saxophone (classically trained)
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Rehearsals, discussions, listening.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Sheet music will be provided. Please bring your instrument and a pencil.
If you are new to Wind Ensemble, you will need to email the Music Department for authorisation and to advise which instrument you play.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build Wind Ensemble runs throughout the year on Tuesdays 18:00 - 19:30.
Build also has other ensemble courses for wind players, including Build Big Band, Chamber music: introduction, Chamber music ensembles; Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone workshop at all levels, plus short courses in Clarinet Choir, Jazz Flute, and Orchestra workshop.
Build offers many ancillary courses in musicianship, rhythm, ear training and music appreciation; see the website
or printed course guide for details.
General information and advice on courses at Build 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