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 in masterclass format and you are expected to prepare your repertoire in advance so that in class you are ready to explore the many aspects of presentation, from characterisation to working with a professional accompanist.
What will we cover?
- Vocal exercises and guidance on technical improvement with reference to vocal colour and tone.
- The relationship between posture and voice
- Analysis of text
- The relationship between the text and music
- Interaction between voice and piano/orchestra
- The use of breath in performance as well as in 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.
- Perform songs from the studied repertoire with greater ease and finesse.
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 vocal warm up and specific technical exercises (please note 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 projects will be directed by the tutor with input from students and may include a variety of styles. Please let the tutor (and accompanist) know in advance if you have specific repertoire you would like to sing in class.
You will be expected to experiment with repertoire and to present it in class already prepared.
The ability to practise regularly outside class time is essential for progression at this level.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Notebook and pencil, sheet music as required. You are encouraged to acquire copies of music you will be singing 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?
This course comprises of 3 terms across the year after which you are encouraged to repeat this course as necessary to continue developing your knowledge of repertoire, singing of art song from different periods, singing in different languages, performance skills and general technical ability.
You may also wish to consider ‘Advanced Repertoire Singing Workshop’, ‘Singing: build a song recital’, ‘Opera Arias’ or ‘Opera Scenes’.
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