What is the course about?
This course give you an opportunity to improve your ensemble skills and explore a wide range of musical styles. Different repertoire is studied every term. If there are no places this term for your instrument, you may be interested in one of our other ensemble short courses:
Flute and clarinet choir
What will we cover?
The course will focus on a number of pieces each term in a variety of styles. Various aspects of ensemble technique - tuning, balance, interpretation etc - will be explored according to the demands of the repertoire. The works will then be performed at the end of term.
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
- show that you have gained experience in preparing for a performance.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Playing standard of at least grade 5, with confident sight-reading skills.
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, discussion and exercises.
You will be expected to practise your parts outside class time.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Some sheet music may be required. Please bring a pencil.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You are welcome to stay in the Wind Ensemble for as many terms as you wish. Different repertoire is covered each term.
Build also has other ensemble courses for wind players, including Big band 1 & 2, Chamber music 1 & 2, Chamber music: advanced, Orchestra workshop, Flute and clarinet choir, and Brass workshop.
You may also be interested in our wide range of Music history, Practical musicianship or Music theory courses.
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