City Lit Choir
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: MF343C
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
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What is the course about?
This lively class is for everyone who enjoys singing to come and develop their choral singing skills. Guided by an experienced choral conductor, and supported by a professional accompanist, learn more about singing in harmony and how to make the best use of your voice in choral situations.
What will we cover?
- The musical repertoire will include movements from famous classical choral works and choral arrangements of more popular numbers from a variety of musical genres
- Repertoire may include sacred items from various traditions occasionally
- Vocal warm-ups at the beginning of each session to help train your voice and your aural skills
- Basic technique and breathing exercises designed to help you get the most out of your voice in a choral situation
- Score reading in class plus guidance on how to practice at home (you are not expected to have advanced music-reading skills).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Feel confident about holding your line as part of a choir
- Know more about choral repertoire in a number of genres
- Perform simple 2- and 3- part harmonies
- Have a greater understanding of how to use your voice in choral repertoire.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for all levels from beginner upwards. Confidence in your ability to hear notes from the piano and voice and sing them back at the correct pitch is essential. If you are unsure about your ability to do this, please contact the department for further advice: email@example.com. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
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How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each lesson will begin with a vocal warm up before new music is studied and rehearsed. Sessions generally comprise of working on the separate voice-parts, and then focus on ironing out problems and difficult passages. The teacher will then move on to interpretation by drawing attention to more prominent lines within the overall texture and dynamic contrasts within the piece.
Practising between sessions is encouraged to aid your learning and development.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Music sheets are provided and you may find it helpful to have a folder to keep them organised and a pencil to make notes on your scores.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may repeat this course for a long as you wish as the repertoire changes each module. However, we recommend a minimum of three modules’ study to experience a useful amount of repertoire.
If you are interested in exploring your vocal potential further you may like to consider the class ‘Singing 1’ to learn more about your voice and develop your technique further or ‘Singing 2’ if you are confident reading sheet music.
Penelope Jane Homer studied Music at the University of Nottingham (graduated 2003), and was a choral scholar at St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham. She enjoys a varied career as a professional chorister and soloist, and choir conductor as well as a teacher. Penelope teaches singing at City Lit, and also teaches at Streatham and Clapham Prep School and privately. She is Musical Director of the Winchmore Singers, an upper-voice choir in north London, as well as Apprentice Musical Director at Enfield Choral Society. She is a regular chorister at St Dominic’s Priory in London, and Administration and Communications Officer for Arts Network Sutton. She is keenly interested in arts education, and has worked at both Akademi South Asian Dance UK and Benslow Music Trust, for Edition Peters in their sales department, and as Training Manager for the the Association of British Choral Directors.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.