What is the course about?
This course is for singers familiar with presenting songs in front of their peers, and familiar with learning in a workshop format. Repertoire will be chosen from a wide range of classical music in order to consolidate and expand the skills acquired in the Intermediate (lower) classes. You will be encourage to use your voice in a more flexible and artistic manner and to further develop your awareness of critical evaluation in singing.
At this level singers must prepare songs in advance so that the class can focus on communication and performance rather than note-learning. Singers will also be encouraged to explore examples of post-tonal 20th century repertoire and to try performing more complex music from memory. Tutor: Ruth Beckmann
Accompanist: Matthew Hough.
What will we cover?
- Vocal and physical exercises and further guidance on technique.
- Broadening your individual repertoire and guidance on its suitability.
- A selection from the English, Italian, French and German song repertoire.
- Working with a professional accompanist (indicating speed etc..)
- Performing from memory.
- Performance technique - the art of communicating with an audience.
- Help with constructive criticism in order to gain a better understanding of the voice (peer and self-assessment).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform with confidence and flair throughout a wider range of song repertoire
- Perform the studied repertoire from memory whilst communicating an understanding of the text
- Feel secure in your ability to select repertoire which is suitable for your voice, and demonstrate a more settled technique.
- Communicate with your audience through several styles of song
- Understand more about critical evaluation in vocal and performance technique.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
At this level you now need to have a stable vocal technique, having completed levels up to ‘Intermediate singers' workshop (lower)’ (at least three years' one-to-one lessons) your vocal production will be reliable.
You should be confident singing in front of the class and to have the ability to learn repertoire from memory regularly.
We also require an intermediate understanding of musical notation, and an ability to read music at around a grade 4 ABRSM level. Sight- singing is not necessary at this stage.
You must be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
If you are new to City Lit singing classes, please take a moment to read our blog: Choosing a singing class at City lit which lists our full sequence of singing classes. You could also drop in to one of our advice sessions where we can hear you sing and help you choose the right course. Please bring a piece to sing with simple piano accompaniment.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Time allowed for a vocal warm-up. Group and individual work with some demonstration and lecture.
Discussion of topics arising out of work in progress.
Repertoire will be introduced for the most part by the tutor, but you will have some opportunity to experiment with your own choices.
You will be expected to research and experiment with repertoire and to present it in class already prepared so that the tutor can work with you on communication and interpretation.
You will need to be able to learn new songs proposed by your tutor and present them from memory on a regular basis.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A notebook and pencil, sheet music as required and perhaps a course book as advised. You are encouraged to acquire copies of music to be studied during the year. Music may be purchased new or second-hand and/or available from local libraries. Westminster Central Music Library (Victoria) and the Barbican Music Library have very comprehensive collections. Suitable scores may also be available from http://imslp.org/.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Intermediate singers' workshop (upper) has three modules, after which you are encouraged to consider:
Prepare for opera
Advanced singers’ workshop (song) or Advanced singers’ workshop (performance).
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