Sing with confidence

Course Dates: 11/01/21 - 22/03/21
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: Online
Richard Hartley Wilson

If you are nervous of singing in public, scared to open your mouth or just want to know how your voice works, this course is for you. Classes are fun and cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

An online beginners singing course designed to give the student a basic knowledge of good vocal technique
and the confidence to perform in a group setting. All are welcome including those with some experience who
want to find out how to get the most out of their voice.

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?

- 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
- A range of repertoire to suit a variety of tastes.

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 email the Music Department for advice -

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?

This is an online course you will need a computer or tablet with a webcam, microphone and reliable internet
connection to take this class.
We use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit
any homework tasks.
We use ZOOM to meet for classes via webcam.

Your tutor will teach though a variety of techniques:
- tutor explanation and demonstration via webcam
- sheet music, audio files and accompaniments (posted in Google Classroom)
- worksheets (posted in Google Classroom)
- group singing and individual demonstration tasks
Sessions may also include work on aural skills and musicianship as applicable.
To make good progress, you will need to practise regularly and you may find it helpful to rehearse your part
(and memorise words) between lessons and study recordings of songs to help you learn them.

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

It's helpful to have a folder to keep your music organised, and a pencil for marking your music.

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

You may repeat this class as long as you wish; there will be different repertoire each term. You may wish to
progress to other singing classes. Visit our blog on Choosing a singing class for advice.


Customer Reviews 14 item(s)

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Great tutor. Wide repertoire. Supportive atmosphere
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Review by Patfabulous / (Posted on 16/03/2020)
If you’d love to sing but are scared this is the course for you!
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Review by Susie / (Posted on 19/11/2019)
This course does what it says - helps you to sing with confidence and understand how singing works. It's also very enjoyable. Highly recommended.
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Review by JL / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
This is a brilliant course for someone who wants to take up singing as a beginner, return to it after a while or improve their basic singing skills. The teacher is highly skilled, expert at engaging everyone and developing their confidence. He also makes it fun.
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Review by Jill / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
Great course and a very encouraging and enabling tutor - lots of energy and positive vibes. I don't imagine anyone could have been more nervous than me about doing this and I've come to every session -- which says a lot about the course.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
Great course, helps to build confidence.
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Review by Jules / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
It's great (and I'd love to see you there).
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/07/2019)
Absolutely go for it! You'll be amazed at what you can achieve particularly if, like me, you feel you have no singing ability or experience. It was great fun and extremely positive in a very supportive environment.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/07/2019)
This is a fantastic course with an utterly brilliant and inspiring teacher. You will learn absolutely loads, and have a lot of fun along the way. Just do it!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 04/04/2019)
Singing really lifts your mood and adds to your confidence. A lovely class with supportive teacher and peers
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Review by Lin / (Posted on 18/03/2019)
I continually recommend City Lit to friends as I have taken a number of different courses there and have never had a negative experience in the years I have been attending. The tutors have all been brilliant!
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Review by LinR / (Posted on 11/12/2018)
A deservedly popular course, full of insight and fun, that really does give you the confidence to sing even if you haven’t used your voice in years. All those problems about your voice that stopped you singing can be fixed, or just melt away in the face of the tutor's conviction that everyone can sing. There’s a great atmosphere - everyone wants you to succeed. Come and join us, but book early!
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Review by Fran / (Posted on 30/08/2018)
A professional and focused class giving useful insight into how the voice works and how to use it more effectively in a range of styles. Supportive and inclusive.
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Review by Fran / (Posted on 30/11/2015)
Well planned course=not a minute wasted
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Review by Doug / (Posted on 26/03/2015)
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Course Code: MF300B

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Full Mon, day, 11 Jan - 22 Mar '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £90.00
Concession: £65.00

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