City Lit a cappella

Course Dates: 18/01/23 - 22/03/23
Time: 19:40 - 21:10
Location: Blended (learn both online and in-person)
This small ensemble of experienced harmony singers learn, record and perform 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.
This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £118.00

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Course Code: ME638B

Available start dates 

Wed, eve, 18 Jan - 22 Mar '23

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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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. Although we operate as an ensemble, you will on occasion sing solo in rehearsals.

This course will be delivered online and in person, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

What will we cover?

- Learning to sing a cappella arrangements of pop/jazz style songs
- Some work by ear only, but most arrangements are written
- practice at singing scales/modes/chord tones
- Opportunities to improvise, usually during the vocal warm-up
- Maintenance of a body of repertoire
- listening skills and awareness of other voices and parts.

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 and yourself as a singer.

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 discuss joining the group and 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 vocal warm ups, recorded and played live in the sessions, followed by rehearsal of song arrangements unique to this ensemble. Musicianship training and some coordination exercises also feature. Outside of class you are expected to practise and record your progress with allocated parts. We will perform outside of class time as and when opportunities arise.

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

A device to record parts of the sessions and your own allocated song parts is essential.

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

More A Cappella - learning more arrangements.

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.