Singing 3A

Course Dates: 24/09/21 - 10/12/21
Time: 11:30 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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The second year of our classical singing programme: continue your focus on technique and explore suitable repertoire to support your vocal development. You must have completed 'Singing 2' or equivalent.
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Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00

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Course Code: MF323A

Started Fri, day, 24 Sep - 10 Dec '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is designed to improve upon the vocal technique acquired in ‘Singing 2’ or equivalent, and to allow you to start experimenting with repertoire and to discover how important this is with regard to acquiring a good vocal technique.

What will we cover?

- Vocal and physical exercises and the relationship between voice and body
- Introduction to vocal repertoire in English and Italian.
- Guidance in choosing repertoire suitable for your own voice
- Presentation and performance skills.

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

- Sing simple songs rhythmically and in tune, using a more settled technique
- Apply knowledge of suitable repertoire to your future song choices
- Apply good practice to your singing in order to perform successfully
- Understand the value of critical evaluation in vocal and performance technique.

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

You will need to have completed a ‘Singing 2' course or equivalent.
This course requires a basic understanding of musical notation, i.e. key and time signatures, note values etc.
You need confidence to learn a short song (in class) and sing it in front of the class.
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.
You will be taught as a group, singing along with the tutor and individually through tutor guided repertoire. There will be discussion arising from the practical work, and both tutor and group feedback. There will be demonstration and lectures. You are encouraged to practise daily.

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

A note book and pencil for taking notes, sheet music as required and a course book as advised.
You are encouraged to acquire copies of music studied 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/
The repertoire theme for this term is English song and your tutor will provide materials.

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

The course comprises of 3 terms across the year and continues with Singing 3B/3C
At the end of the year we recommend that you move on to Singing 4.

However, you may choose to repeat any modules from ‘Singing 3’ if you wish to further consolidate your skills at this level.
For more information please contact the music department: music@citylit.ac.uk.

Ruth Beckmann Tutor Website

Ruth is passionate about teaching singing in adult education, having entered the profession as a career change. Ruth studied singing alongside a biology degree at Bristol University, and a career in the charity sector. Gradually the singing side of her life took over and she now works full time as a freelance teacher and singer. She gained a Diploma in Concert Singing from Birkbeck University, with Distinction, in 2006, and now studies with Veronica Veysey Campbell (vocal professor at the Royal College of Music). Ruth continues to undertake regular professional development, most recently the Vocal Pedagogy course with renowned singing teacher/speech therapist Ron Morris at Musicfest Aberystwyth. Ruth sings as a professional chorister and soloist in London churches, synagogues and choirs, and also loves putting on recitals with friends. She teaches beginners to advanced levels at City lit and has a busy private teaching practice. She loves helping singers to find more confidence and freedom in their singing through healthy voice use, at every stage of their journey.

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.