What is the course about?
Study singing as a performing art, and improve the way you use your singing voice to communicate with an audience. This course is ideal for singers preparing for a public performance or an audition. This workshop is taught master-class style and you are expected to prepare your repertoire in advance so that in the lessons you are ready to explore the many aspects of presentation from characterization to working with an accompanist.
What will we cover?
- Vocal exercises and guidance on technical improvement with reference to vocal colour and tone.
- Body/posture and voice
- Analysis of text
- How the text drives the music
- What does the music tell us without the text
- Interaction between voice and piano/orchestra
- Breathing as performance as well as vocal technique.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate a greater depth of understanding of the works studied;
- Show improved listening skills and aural perceptiveness;.
- Show an understanding of how to study and prepare music for a performance.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You must have had a minimum of five years' individual tuition. The ability to read music is essential, but sight-singing skills are not required as you will have time to prepare your music between classes.
To benefit fully from the class, you must learn and present songs from memory on a regular basis and arrive in class with repertoire already prepared. Please also make sure that you bring copies of your music for the accompanist and the course-teacher.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
If you are new to City Lit singing classes, please take a moment to read our blog: Choosing a singing class at City lit which lists our full sequence of singing classes. You could also drop in to one of our advice sessions where we can hear you sing and help you choose the right course. Please bring a piece to sing with simple piano accompaniment.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class begins with a short vocal “warm up” and specific technical exercises (not that you may wish to book a practice room at City lit before your class if you need more time to warm-up than this lesson allows).
Each class follows a practical workshop format, like a masterclass: this includes experimentation and discussion arising out of work in progress, allowing tutor and student interaction and the exchange of ideas.
Repertoire is free choice, but there is an optional theme of Music, song and dance. Students will be asked to present songs from memory from the second week of term onwards. We will work towards an informal performance in the final class of term.. Please let the tutor (and accompanist) know in advance if you have specific repertoire you would like to sing in class.
Demonstration and lecture.
You will be expected to experiment with repertoire and to present it in class already prepared.
You will be expected to practise for a minimum of one hour daily.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Note book and pencil, sheet music as required. You are encouraged to acquire copies of music to be studied during the year. Music may be purchased new or second-hand and/or available from local libraries. Westminster Central Music Library (Victoria) and the Barbican Music Library have very comprehensive collections. Suitable scores may also be available from http://imslp.org/.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may continue with Advanced singers' workshop (performance) modules as long as you wish. This course will be invaluable for many singers who wish to work with a professional teacher and accompanist on a regular basis. You may also be interested in the City lit opera studio or the Prepare for opera course. You may also wish to consider voice work or acting lesson in our Drama department.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit 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