What is the course about?
A beginners singing course designed to give the student a basic knowledge of good vocal technique and the confidence to perform in a group setting (max 25 places). All are welcome including those with some experience who want to find out how to get the most out of their voice. Tutor: Richard Hartley Wilson.
What will we cover?
- Classes will include a thorough vocal warm up exercising all areas of the voice
- Breathing techniques designed to help the voice and nerves
- Some music theory to take the mystery out of sheet music
- Ensemble singing to learn to blend and harmonise.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Sing in tune as part of a group with confidence
- Understand how the voice works and apply knowledge to your own voice
- Understand more about the music you hear.
- Feel good about singing!
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable either for absolute beginners or for anyone who is not confident in their singing ability. However, you must be able to hear notes from the piano and voice and sing them back at the correct pitch. If you are unsure about your ability to do this, please attend one of our advice sessions.
You will need 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?
Classes will start with a gentle physical and vocal warm-up, and then progress on to group singing: sometimes as a large group and sometimes dividing into smaller groups for part-singing/harmonies. Classes will be taught with some piano accompaniment. You will be asked to practise material given and to use the warm up to strengthen the voice.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a folder for your music (which we provide), pencil and you may wish to also bring something to record music (a Dictaphone) is useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We recommend that you repeat this course for a minimum of 3 modules (spanning the three terms of the academic year). After this you may like to progress to an ensemble singing class or consider exploring solo singing through ‘Basic technique for singing: module 1’.
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