City Lit a cappella

Course Dates: 16/09/20 - 02/12/20
Time: 19:40 - 21:10
Location: Online

This established ensemble sings original arrangements of jazz and popular songs. Develop your listening, timing, intonation, musical memory, and team work. New members with good music reading and aural skills are welcome. The group remains online for this term. We aim to give a concert as soon as such can be arranged. Contact the Music Department to arrange an audition.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

Practise the skills involved in part-singing: listening, reading music and following a vocal score, good intonation, good timing, memorising parts to song arrangements. You will operate as a performance group. This term our focus will be on making recordings of our songs.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Learning to sing 4, 5 or 6-part a cappella arrangements of pop/jazz style songs
- Some work by ear only, but most arrangements are written
- Opportunities to improvise, usually during the vocal warm-up
- Maintenance of a body of repertoire
- vocal maintenance
- listening skills and awareness of other voices.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Blend your voice into the group sound
- Enjoy increased awareness of harmony and listening to others
- Demonstrate harmony parts and improved timing
- Enhance your understanding of music as a performance art, and yourself as a singer
- Perform with confidence in formal and informal settings
- Broaden your understanding of a cappella possibilities.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is ideal for experienced and committed singers. You must be able to sing in tune, demonstrate reliable musicianship, be keen to perform in a team, and able to learn arrangements. A good sense of musical time is vital.
Contact to arrange an audition.

You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.

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

You will learn through short recorded vocal warm ups, followed by rehearsal of arrangements of pop & jazz repertoire unique to this ensemble. Musicianship training and some coordination exercises also feature.
Performances as often as possible - at City Lit and external venues.

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


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Many singers stay in A Cappella for two or more years, as we are continually learning new arrangements.

Tutor Biographies
Della Rhodes

Della has enjoyed working at City Lit for over 3 decades, teaching, managing, learning. After training in contemporary dance, Della became consumed by drama and music work. Music came to dominate, playing in bands, song writing, teaching for, and advising, the Youth Service and Adult Education. Performing and writing arrangements for pop and jazz a cappella has been a 30 year journey. So too the teaching of jazz musicianship. Gratitude is due to early mentor Amit Sen for introducing 'the jazz thing'.

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.

Check your level

Course Code: ME638A

Wed, eve, 16 Sep - 02 Dec '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £149.00
Concession: £91.00

Before booking on this course, we'll need you to log in or register with us if you're new. Please then contact us for a chat with our team to check that this course is the right level for you.
Why do I need an advice session?

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2630

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