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Experimental Sound Art

Invent, create, play! This course will allow you to explore sound as an art form using instruments, found objects, voice, recordings and technology. The emphasis will be on exploration and experimentation. You will also learn about the history, key artists and movements associated with sound as an art form. Each term focuses on a different aspect, leading to an individual project and the opportunity to take part in a public event or exhibition. If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: MWEnquiries@marywardcentre.ac.uk or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon-Fri
  • Who is it for?

    This course is open to people with any level of knowledge and experience. An interest in sound, experimental music, performance or contemporary art would be useful. Previous musical experience is not required, but neither is it a disadvantage.

  • What does it cover?

    This is a practical course on which you will explore a range of skills and techniques. You will learn about important sound artists and experimental musicians, and their influence and methods. The course explores ways of listening to, appreciating and analysing experimental music and sound art. You will review and critique your own work to develop your Sound Art practice.

  • What will it be like?

    Every session includes experimentation with different sound making, recording or manipulating techniques. You will make music and sound in different groups and individually, using different compositional and improvisatory methods. You will evaluate your own work and others in the group, listening back to pieces and discussing them. There will also be regular individual tutorials throughout the course for feedback from the tutor.

  • What else do I need to buy or do?

    All equipment and materials will be provided: you don't need to buy anything but there will be opportunities for you to use your own equipment and instruments too. There will be advice on cheap to buy or make equipment for you to start building a collection of sound making instruments. There is no set homework but plenty of recommendations for further research through reading and listening, and of course practising sound making and experimenting in your own time.

  • What could it lead to?

    All equipment and materials will be provided: you don't need to buy anything but there will be opportunities for you to use your own equipment and instruments too. There will be advice on cheap to buy or make equipment for you to start building a collection of sound making instruments. There is no set homework but plenty of recommendations for further research through reading and listening, and of course practising sound making and experimenting in your own time.
    There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.

    Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk and from the following websites: www.floodlight.co.uk; www.hotcourses.com; www.citylit.ac.uk; www.wmcollege.ac.uk; www.morleycollege.ac.uk

Available Courses

Experimental Sound Art

Invent, create, play! This course will allow you to explore sound as an art form using instruments, found objects, voice, recordings and technology. The emphasis will be on exploration and experimentation. You will also learn about the history, key artists and movements associated with sound as an art form. Each term focuses on a different aspect, leading to an individual project and the opportunity to take part in a public event or exhibition. If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: MWEnquiries@marywardcentre.ac.uk or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon-Fri

07 October 2024 – 09 December 2024
Monday, 18:30 to 21:00
Course Code:928CS
£233 / £82
10 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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27 January 2025 – 31 March 2025
Monday, 18:30 to 21:00
Course Code:929CS
£233 / £82
10 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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28 April 2025 – 14 July 2025
Monday, 18:30 to 21:00
Course Code:930CS
£233 / £82
10 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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STRING CHAMBER GROUPS AND ORCHESTRA:SESSION 2

This course is for musicians to work together towards performance standard.
Open to violin, viola, cello and double-bass players, working in independent groups of four or more, one player to a part, with coaching from experienced tutors. You may join one or both of the sessions. In Session 2, one of the groups is a larger string orchestra, which works with a conductor. Please attend the first class of term to be grouped appropriately.

27 September 2024 – 13 December 2024
Friday, 19:30 to 21:00
Course Code:913CS
£163 / £54
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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17 January 2025 – 04 April 2025
Friday, 19:30 to 21:00
Course Code:914CS
£163 / £54
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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02 May 2025 – 18 July 2025
Friday, 19:30 to 21:00
Course Code:915CS
£163 / £54
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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STRING CHAMBER GROUPS AND ORCHESTRA:SESSION 1

This course is for musicians to work together towards performance standard.
Open to violin, viola, cello and double-bass players, working in independent groups of four or more, one player to a part, with coaching from experienced tutors. You may join one or both of the sessions. In Session 2, one of the groups is a larger string orchestra, which works with a conductor. Please attend the first class of term to be grouped appropriately.

27 September 2024 – 13 December 2024
Friday, 18:00 to 19:30
Course Code:910CS
£163 / £54
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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17 January 2025 – 04 April 2025
Friday, 18:00 to 19:30
Course Code:911CS
£163 / £54
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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02 May 2025 – 18 July 2025
Friday, 18:00 to 19:30
Course Code:912CS
£163 / £54
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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Ukulele For Improvers

Ideal for those who have previously taken the beginners course, or have some experience. Learn more advanced techniques (e.g. finger-picking), as well as trickier chords and melody playing.

The course will take place at the Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: MWEnquiries@marywardcentre.ac.uk or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon-Fri



08 October 2024 – 10 December 2024
Tuesday, 19:15 to 20:45
Course Code:919
£129 / £45
10 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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28 January 2025 – 01 April 2025
Tuesday, 19:15 to 20:45
Course Code:920
£129 / £45
10 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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13 May 2025 – 15 July 2025
Tuesday, 19:15 to 20:45
Course Code:921
£129 / £45
10 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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