City Lit a cappella

Course Dates: 24/04/24 - 03/07/24
Time: 19:40 - 21:10
Location: Blended (learn both online and in-person)
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. We perform every term. Our class sessions are a mix of classroom and 'zoomsingland'.
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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City Lit a cappella
  • Course Code: ME638C
  • Dates: 24/04/24 - 03/07/24
  • Time: 19:40 - 21:10
  • Taught: Wed, Evening
  • Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
  • Location: Blended (learn both online and in-person)
  • Tutor: Della Rhodes

Course Code: ME638C

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Wed, eve, 24 Apr - 03 Jul '24

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 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 have to lead songs in the online sessions by singing solo. Once songs are well rehearsed, we make recordings and perform live.

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 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
- listening skills and awareness of other voices and parts in the arrangements.

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

- 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
- Broaden your experience 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 vocal technique and musicianship, be keen to perform in a team, and able to learn arrangements.
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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 followed by rehearsal of song arrangements unique to this ensemble. Musicianship training and improvisation also feature. Outside of class you are expected to practise and record your allocated parts.

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 an extended time as we are continually learning new 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.