Music lessons - mini courses

We provide free, or hugely subsidised, four week mini music courses to our members for band instruments, voice, DJing, songwriting and music software.

Piano

Our piano mini music course is taught in small groups of three to eight in our specially designed Keyboard Lab. Work on our fully weighted digital pianos with headphones and receive one-to-one coaching as you practise.

 Music tutor  Alison Howell - Associate Lecturer, outstanding keyboardist and professional musician.
 Duration  Four weeks - 30 minutes per week
 Date and time  Tuesdays, 14:00-14:30 or 14:30-15:00
 Location  The Centre for Music
 Cost  £10 to members

Guitar

Our guitar mini course, for both acoustic and electric guitar, is taught in small groups of two to five. We will supply instruments but bring your own if you wish.

 Music tutor  Ash Tucker - Professional musician and tutor from Mobile Guitar Tuition.
 Duration  Four weeks - One hour per week
 Date and time  Mondays at either 15:00-16:00 (beginners) or 16:00-17:00 (intermediate/advanced)
 Location  The Centre for Music
 Cost  £20 to members

Drums

Drum mini courses are available for both beginners and more experienced players and drums will be provided.

 Music tutor  AJ Rousell - Professional musician and author of 'The Drummer’s Odyssey'
 Duration  Four weeks - One hour per week
 Date and time  Thursdays at either 11:00-12:00 (beginners) or 12:00-13:00 (intermediate/advanced)
 Location  The Centre for Music
 Cost  £20 to members

Vocals

Mini courses for the voice are taught in small groups of two to five, especially suited to pop and rock vocals with a focus on improving breathing, pitch, voice production and expression.

Music tutor Kim Samuels - experienced choir director and vocalist
Duration Four weeks - 50 minutes per week
Date and time Wednesdays at 14:00
Location The Centre for Music
Cost £20 to members

DJing

Sessions run throughout term time to introduce you to our DJing equipment and get you started on what to do whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced DJ. 

You can enjoy hands on sessions from the start and Serato will be available for use some weeks. If you are not familiar with Serato the team will be happy to introduce you to this invaluable DJing software. 

Our high-spec DJ booth is fully equipped with two Pioneer XDJs, laptop with traktor and controller to allow access to vinyl, USB or external hard drive.

 Date and time  Contact us for the latest session information
 Location  The Centre for Music - DJ room
 Cost  Free to members

Songwriting

Get help to develop your songwriting skills over this four week mini course.

Music tutor Ash Tucker
Duration Four weeks - One hour per week
Date and time Mondays, 15:00-16:00
Location The Centre for Music
Cost Free to members

Logic pro

Get to grips with Apple's market-leading music software for recording, arranging and mixing your own music, whether you are starting from scratch or looking to expand your knowledge. Bring your own computer or use Centre for Music's Macbook suite complete with MIDI controllers and headphones.

Music tutor James Kennaby aka Vice (Music producer and educator)
Duration Four weeks - Two hours per week
Date and time Thursdays 18:00 - 20:00
Location Centre for Music - Rm REH04
Cost Free to members

Ableton Live

Ideally suited to electronic music production and beat making this mini course will introduce you to making tracks on Ableton Live, or build your expertise if you are already a user. Use Centre for Music's Macbook suite or bring your own computer.

Find out how to integrate Ableton into your live performances too with our Novation launchpads.

Music tutor Luke Turner (Producer and tutor)
Duration Four weeks - Two hours per week
Date and time Tuesdays 18:00 - 20:00
Location Centre for Music - Rm REH04
Cost Free to members

How to book

  • If you are not a member you will need to become a member in order to sign up for upcoming sessions.
  • Current members should email cfm@uwe.ac.uk to find out when the next course is taking place and book a place.
  • You can also take advantage of a free taster session.
  • If you cannot make one of your lessons, you will not be able to book another at a later date due to tutor availability and timetabling.