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.
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 as a musical score
- Occasional opportunity to improvise, usually during the vocal warm-up
- Performance matters : focus and projection, posture, movement
- 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 by heart. A good sense of musical time is vital.
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/physical warm up, followed by rehearsal of arrangements of pop & jazz repertoire unique to this ensemble. All group singing work, though sometimes we will try out material in small groups.
Performances as often as possible - at and outside City Lit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Use of CD/mp3 player/iphone for practice, should you wish to record aspects of class. Singers should keep a folder of the scores we work with. You will be expected to make every effort to attend gig dates as the opportunities arise.
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.
You may also wish to progress onto more ambitious groups/arrangements, choirs, solo singing, vocal musicianship studies or your own a cappella projects.
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