What is the course about?
This course will give you a grounding in the basics of a healthy vocal technique and provide experience of singing solo in a supportive environment. It will also help you to have a realistic understanding of the level of work and commitment needed in order to progress as a performer.
What will we cover?
- Basic exercises and techniques to help with vocal development.
- Relationship between the voice and body (e.g. posture, breath).
- Guidance on choosing suitable repertoire.
- How to manage practice throughout the week.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Apply your knowledge of the basics of singing
- Use body posture as an asset in singing
- Sing simple songs rhythmically and in tune
- Perform simple songs and exercises in front of the class.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
- An ability to pitch notes from both piano and voice (i.e. be able to hear a note and sing it back correctly).
- Enough confidence to sing a simple exercise in front of a class.
- Some familiarity with music notation, e.g. you should have some idea of note values, time signatures, accidentals and general musical geography.
- 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?
- Vocal exercises and songs may be in a variety of languages and styles, starting in the group context, progressing to solo singing
- There will be demonstration, lecture and discussion arising from work in progress.
- You will be encouraged to listen to each other and give feedback in order to increase your awareness of vocal and performance techniques, and are encouraged to practise daily.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
- A notebook and pencil for taking notes, a folder, sheet music as required, and a course book as advised. You are encouraged to acquire copies of music 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?
The course comprises of 3 terms across the year and continues with Singing 2B/2C.
At the end of the year we recommend that you move on to Singing level 3.
However, you may choose to repeat any modules from ‘Singing level 2’ if you wish to further consolidate your skills at this level.
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.