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.
This course will be delivered online, 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.
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.