Time: 20:00 - 21:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: MF306C
Duration: 10 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online course is for those with a little singing experience or who have played an instrument but are new to singing. Come and learn the basic techniques behind good and healthy singing and explore your musicianship and discover a wide selection of music in a fun environment.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- a vocal warm up to help you get the most out of your voice
- breathing exercises to help you sing and sort out nerves!
- songs from multiple genres such as classical, folk, pop and musical theatre.
- basic music notation and geography so you can find your way around sheet music.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- feel confident singing with and without support from the piano
- show an understanding of how the voice works at a rudimentary level
- demonstrate improved rhythmic awareness
- use good posture for singing
- display an understanding of efficient and effective breathing
- show some familiarity with music notation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is the third term of our beginners course and is suitable for people with a little previous exeperience or who have played an instrument but are new to singing, and wish to cover basic aspects of singing. You need to be able to hear notes from a piano and/or voice and sing them back at the correct pitch. If you are unsure about your ability to do this, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.
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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
For this live, 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.
Sessions begin with a range of vocal warm ups followed by learning songs and singing along with the tutor and accompaniment tracks, and you may be asked to sing on your own on occasion. Musicianship exercises to develop aural awareness are included alongside songs in a range of styles. You are encouraged to practise daily and will be given work to do between sessions. Resources to help with learning including sheet music, accompaniment tracks and recordings of vocal lines will be posted in the google classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All music and learning resources will be supplied in the google classroom, however it is 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?
We recommend that you repeat Singing level 1 for at least three terms, but you can enjoy these classes as often as you wish before moving to a Singing 2. The songs are different each term and this will help you build up a good musical repertoire and grow your confidence.
When you are ready (your tutor can advise you on this) you can move on to Singing level 2 which introduces more solo singing opportunities. If you do not wish to sing solo, please consider trying one of our choirs.
If you need help learning to read music please consider supplementing your singing studies with ‘Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm’. These musicianship courses are ideally taken in conjunction with a singing / instrumental class and will help you learn much faster.
Swiss-born Colette has been teaching singing for thirty years in all sorts of musical styles from rock and pop to jazz, from total beginners to advanced levels. She has taught at various colleges around London and Southend and has worked at City Lit since 1994, teaching a variety of singing courses. For the past six years she has also been teaching musical style singing to 6-18 year olds at a theatre arts school. Colette trained as a pianist from a young age and in her early twenties she studied various courses from jazz and pop singing, drama and studio recording at Goldsmiths College. This enabled her to build her own recording studio, where she still spends a lot of her time perfecting her songwriting. Being a performer, singer songwriter and musician playing piano and guitar gives her a unique outlook and connection with her students. She enjoys teaching and encourages her students to explore new territories and express themselves to get in touch with their inner selves. Her experience and background enables her to relate to her students, giving her a great advantage as a teacher.
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.