Sight-reading for choral singers: advanced

Course Dates: 15/07/21 - 05/08/21
Time: 16:30 - 18:00
Location: Online
Do you sing in a choir or a choral society, or are thinking of joining one? Would you like to feel more confident about reading sheet music and sight-singing? Then join our experienced singer and conductor for this short online course, to fill the gaps in your knowledge and improve your sight-singing skills in choral situations.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00

This course has now started

Course Code: MF370

Started Thu, day, 15 Jul - 05 Aug '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Improve your sight-singing and related aural skills for choral singing in a fun, interactive online class. With exercises, songs, practical and theoretical class activities, raise your choral singing game. This course is for singers who can sight-read simple music already and want to improve their skills.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- interpreting and singing from staff notation (using alphabet notation, ABCDEFG, not Solfege)
- interval recognition and reproduction
- reading time signatures and understanding up-beats
- reading cues from vocal scores
- tips and hints to find your starting note.

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

- Demonstrate improved sight-singing skills
- Demonstrate the ability to hold a harmony part
- Demonstrate improved rhythmic accuracy
- Recognise and sing a range of intervals
- Be confident reading a score and finding cues for starting notes.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You must be able to sight-read basic staff notation and sing in tune.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.
If you are unsure about your level and if this is the right course for you, please email the Music Department for advice.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

We use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and ZOOM for live classes.
You will learn through:
- tutor explanation and demonstration- sheet music, audio files, worksheets etc. (posted in Google Classroom)
- group singing and individual demonstration tasks
To make good progress, you are encouraged to practise.

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

All music materials will be supplied via Google Classroom, for you to read on screen or print out.
A pencil for marking printed music, or ability to mark up a PDF if you are reading on-screen.

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

You may be interested in other musicianship classes: see our blog Musicianship and music theory courses

You may also be interested in other Singing courses.

Siobhan Blake

Siobhan is a classically trained Soprano who has been teaching at the City Lit since 2006 and is currently the co-ordinator for Classical Music (practical). She has performed extensively during her career including several years singing with the A Cappella trio ‘The Madrigirls’, at the Thursford Christmas Spectacular and with Paul Daniel conducting the Dartington Festival Orchestra. Her operatic roles include Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice), Suzanna (Marriage of Figaro), Ginevra (Ariodante), Frasquita (Carmen) and Venus (Orpheus in the Underworld) as well as Maria (West side story), Velma (Chicago) and Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) on the lighter side. She has appeared as a soloist in many Oratorios as well as numerous recitals, most recently of Spanish song exploring the relationship between Joaquin Rodrigo and his contemporaries. She has a Classics degree from King’s College London and a Diploma in Opera studies from Birkbeck University London and has trained with Sybil Michelow, Justin Lavender and Linda Hutchison. Her teaching expertise extends from Singing technique (including accent method) through to music theatre and advanced performance.

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.