What is the course about?
This course is for singers familiar with the workshop format: independently learning songs and presenting them in front of their peers. Songs will be project-based from the classical song repertoire in order to consolidate and expand the skills acquired in the previous levels. You will be encouraged to use your voice in a more flexible and artistic manner and to further develop your awareness of critical evaluation in singing.
At this level, singers prepare songs in advance so that the class can focus on technique, communication and performance. Singers will also be encouraged to explore more musically complex pieces and to perform songs from memory.
The repertoire theme for this term is Arie Antiche (pre-nineteenth century Italian song). To quote Parisotti from his preface to the collection of songs “The music which composers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries wrote was informed above all by structural purity and simplicity, great emotion and a flavour of the sweetest serenity that influenced the entire piece.”.
What will we cover?
- Vocal and physical exercises and further guidance on technique.
- Broadening your individual repertoire and guidance on its suitability.
- Repertoire projects which may include English, Italian, French and German songs.
- Working with a professional accompanist (indicating speed etc.)
- Performing from memory.
- Performance technique - the art of communicating with an audience.
- Self and peer evaluation in order to gain a better understanding of the voice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform songs from the selected repertoire with confidence
- Perform the studied repertoire from memory whilst communicating an understanding of the text
- Show your ability to select repertoire suitable for your voice
- Demonstrate a more settled technique.
- Communicate with your audience
- Demonstrate an understanding of critical evaluation in vocal and performance technique.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
At this level you need to have a reliable vocal technique, having completed levels up to ‘Singing workshop’ or at least three years' one-to-one lessons.
You should be confident singing in front of the class and have the ability to learn repertoire from memory regularly.
This level also requires an intermediate understanding of musical notation, and an ability to read music to sufficiently learn pieces independently.
Sight-singing is not necessary for this course.
You must be able 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?
Time is allowed for a vocal warm-up. The class comprises of mainly individual work with some demonstration and lecture.
Discussion of topics arising out of work in progress.
Repertoire themes will be introduced by the tutor and you will have opportunity to experiment with your own choices within the theme.
You will be expected to research, prepare and practise repertoire to present in class, so that
the tutor can work with you on communication and interpretation.
You will need to be able to learn new songs and present them to the class on a regular basis.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A notebook and pencil, sheet music as required and occasionally a course book as advised. You are encouraged to acquire copies of repertoire to be 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/.
Here are examples of the volumes of Arie Antiche available for purchase: https://www.musicroom.com/product-detail/product396604/variant396604/arie-antiche-volume-1/
At this level it is expected that you know which version to choose (high, medium or low).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You are encouraged to repeat this course as necessary to continue developing your knowledge of repertoire, singing of art song from different periods, singing in different languages, performance skills and general technical ability.
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