Adult Music Lesson Descriptions

Opera appreciation

This course introduces you to specific operas, looking in detail at libretto and orchestration, character and plot as illustrated on DVD and CD.   Detailed class discussions will encourage you to develop your critical awareness as you watch and compare different interpretations of the same opera.  Alongside this you will also explore the musical and historical context in which each opera was written and performed.   Everyone is welcome to this established group whether you are a seasoned opera lover or approaching this artform for the first time. 

Piano – Beginners

This informal course is aimed at beginners and is taught in small groups on digital pianos.  You will learn the basics and we will support your learning so that you can progress to playing easy pieces.  Once you have mastered the basics you can move on to Piano Improvers.

Piano – Improvers

This course will enable you to build on the skills you have learnt in the beginners group, refine  your technique, and broaden your repertoire.

Acoustic Guitar – Beginners (Woking)

This informal course is aimed at absolute beginners.  We will take you through the basics and support your learning with tips and techniques so that you can progress quickly to playing popular songs.  

In particular, you will learn nine, easy first position chords, techniques to enable smooth changing between these chords (guide and pivot fingers), 3/4 easy strumming patterns using downstrums , how to hold the pick correctly, a few easy single line riffs and useful tips on good left and right hand technique.

By the end of the course you will be able to play 4/5 songs, changing chords confidently and methodically, along with 4/5 easy, famous single line riffs.

The course is fun and relaxed and all we ask is that you bring enthusiasm and a willingness to practise at home.  Ideally you’ll have your own acoustic guitar, but if not our Instrument Hire department may be able to help.  (Tel: 01483 519298 for more information) .  Once you have mastered the basics you are welcome to progress to ‘Guitar Improvers’.

Acoustic Guitar – Improvers (Woking)

This class is aimed towards guitarists who have already been playing for one or two years.

You will explore slightly more advanced strumming patterns (using up and down strums and easy syncopated rhythms), additional chord types (minor 7, dominant 7, major 7), an introduction to fingerstyle playing, and the opportunity to improvise using the Minor Pentatonic and Minor Blues scale.

You will also learn 3/4 famous riffs along with a repertoire of well-known songs. These songs can be suggested by the students themselves in collaboration with the tutor.

On completion of the course you will be able to play 4/5 new songs with strong technique and confidence. You will also have expanded your chord vocabulary as well as having started to improvise. There is a lot of flexibility within the course for you to explore the musical style that appeals to you most be it rock, blues funk, jazz or reggae.

Acoustic Guitar – Beginners (Guildford)

This informal course is aimed at absolute and relative beginners.  We will take you through the basics and support your learning with tips and techniques so that you can progress quickly to playing popular songs.  The course is fun and relaxed and all we ask is that you bring enthusiasm and a willingness to practice at home.  Ideally you’ll have your own acoustic guitar, but if not our Instrument Hire department may be able to help.  (Tel: 01483 519298 for more information) .  

Acoustic Guitar – Improvers (Guildford)

 This course will expand your guitar skills and general musical knowledge through a wider variety of more challenging popular songs within a relaxed & open session.  You will explore different guitar styles including strumming, use of plectrum, finger style, single string melodies etc. Again there is flexibility within the course for you to explore the musical style that appeals to you most.

Adult Guitar LIVE (Woking)

A great opportunity to play and learn with other guitarists of all abilities (but mainly beginners). This weekly workshop picks up different techniques and chords with a range of songs in a fun and relaxing environment. Guitars can be provided.

I Wish I Could Sing – Beginners

This course is aimed at complete beginners.  Come and join this friendly group where you will have fun singing a wide selection of songs including songs from the shows, old and new favourites and a few classical pieces.  You will be given exercises and taught a vocal technique that will help you with breathing and pitching so that you can sing with confidence.  All are welcome.  Just bring your enthusiasm and a love of singing!  

I Wish I Could Sing – Improvers

Following from the ‘I Wish I Could Sing – Beginners’ course you will continue to develop your vocal technique so that you can sing more challenging, complex material.  As with the beginner’s course, this is a friendly group singing a wide selection of songs including songs from the shows, old and new favourites and a few classical pieces.  Just bring your enthusiasm and a love of singing!

Learn to Sing – Beginners

Ever wondered if you ‘had a voice’ and never had the opportunity to find out? Or already enjoying singing and keen to gain some skills to improve and boost your confidence? This session will include great warm- ups, exercises to learn technique and, of course, singing some wonderful songs from a range of styles. No experience is necessary, and you don’t need to be able to read music to take part.

See the full list of adult music courses including times, venues and prices

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Surrey Arts also offer adult instrumentalists the opportunity to join ensembles.