What is the course about?
This course will introduce you to the workshop format. Repertoire will be chosen more widely in order to use the skills acquired previously in a more flexible and artistic manner and to further develop your awareness of critical evaluation in singing.
At this level you will practice learning your songs independently and bringing them to class prepared to work on communication and performance.
What will we cover?
- Vocal and physical exercises and further guidance on technique.
- Broadening your individual repertoire and guidance on its suitability.
- A selection from the English, Italian, French and German song repertoire.
- Developing independence in song learning
- Performance technique - the art of communicating with an audience.
- Self and peer evaluation to gain a better understanding of the voice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Sing rhythmically and in tune throughout a wider range of song repertoire
- Perform the studied repertoire displaying an understanding of the text.
- Choose more suitable repertoire
- 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 now need to have a reasonably stable vocal technique, having completed levels up to ‘Singing level 4 or 5’ or equivalent (at least three years' one-to-one lessons).
You should be confident to ‘have a go’ singing in front of the class and have the time to dedicate to learning repertoire independently.
This level requires an intermediate understanding of musical notation, and an ability to read music at around a grade 3 ABRSM level. Sight- singing is not necessary.
You must be able 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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Time is allowed for a vocal warm-up and technical exercises.
The class comprises of group and individual work with some demonstration, lecture and discussion of topics arising out of work in progress.
Repertoire will be introduced for the most part by the tutor, but you will have some opportunity to experiment with your own choices.
You will need to research and experiment with repertoire to present in class so that the tutor can work with you on technique, communication and interpretation.
You will need to learn new songs proposed by your tutor and present them to the class a regular basis.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A notebook and pencil, sheet music as required and perhaps a course book as advised. You are encouraged to acquire copies of music 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/.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course comprises of 3 terms across the year, after which you are encouraged to repeat this level 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. Students often stay at this level for several terms.
When you are ready, the next level is ‘Singing Repertoire Workshop’. This course will give you more experience at the intermediate level and help you gain confidence working with a professional accompanist.