Advanced singing workshop

Course Dates: 19/01/22 - 30/03/22
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
A dynamic and invigorating face-to-face masterclass for experienced singers (at least five years' one-to-one lessons) where you can hone your performance skills ready for recital and stage. Break week: 16th February 2022.
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Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £140.00

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Course Code: MF330B

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Wed, eve, 19 Jan - 30 Mar '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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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 class time can be used to explore the many nuanced aspects of performance from presentation, characterisation and tone, 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 attend class with repertoire already prepared. You will need to be able to source 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 can also contact the music department for further guidance:

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Classes start with vocal warm-ups and exercises followed by a workshop style format with singers presenting songs individually. There will be feedback from the tutor and fellow students, (with demonstration where appropriate), and students will be asked to experiment with different ideas and techniques from the feedback and discussion arising out of work in progress.
Repertoire may be in a variety of languages and styles and projects will usually be agreed between the tutor and the student in advance.
Sessions may also include work on aural skills and musicianship as applicable.
To make good progress, a regular practise routine is essential and you will need to allow time to practise and experiment with repertoire in order to pres ent it in class already prepared.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please prepare a piece for the first session to sing to the class. Further repertoire choices will be made in conjunction with your teacher.
You will also need to source your own copies of the music you are singing during the course. Music may be purchased new or second-hand and you may find suitable scores from IMSLP.
Our pianist will be able to record accompaniments for your selected pieces during the course.
The repertoire theme will be announced in due course and will include own choice (particularly for those preparing for Diplomas etc).

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.

Ruth Beckmann Tutor Website

Ruth is passionate about teaching singing in adult education, having entered the profession as a career change. Ruth studied singing alongside a biology degree at Bristol University, and a career in the charity sector. Gradually the singing side of her life took over and she now works full time as a freelance teacher and singer. She gained a Diploma in Concert Singing from Birkbeck University, with Distinction, in 2006, and now studies with Veronica Veysey Campbell (vocal professor at the Royal College of Music). Ruth continues to undertake regular professional development, most recently the Vocal Pedagogy course with renowned singing teacher/speech therapist Ron Morris at Musicfest Aberystwyth. Ruth sings as a professional chorister and soloist in London churches, synagogues and choirs, and also loves putting on recitals with friends. She teaches beginners to advanced levels at City lit and has a busy private teaching practice. She loves helping singers to find more confidence and freedom in their singing through healthy voice use, at every stage of their journey.

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.