Singing workshop

Course Dates: 22/04/20 - 01/07/20
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Location: Online

An introduction to workshop style classes for singers of 4 years’ experience or more: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and develop your understanding of critical evaluation of singing.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


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.

This is a live online face-to-face 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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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

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.


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Great course to improve your singing technique, good teaching and a wonderful accompanist
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Review by celticqueen / (Posted on 21/03/2020)
Advance your singing skills without stress and have fun along the way.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/12/2019)
A friendly workshop for singers who are confident to sing solo
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Review by killerqueen / (Posted on 25/11/2019)
Singing brings you happiness and the learning process is very rewarding.. The teaching is done in a very happy environment and relaxing day...
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Review by Sunshine JD / (Posted on 20/11/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Trevor Alexander Tutor Website

Trevor Alexander studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has worked as a professional singer for over 30 years. Alongside his performing he has run vocal workshops and taught singing, and joined the teaching staff at City Lit in 2005. He began working with City Lit Opera on stage craft, performance skills and directing their scenes, and is thrilled that some of those students are now carving out a career in the profession. In 2006 Trevor joined the vocal teaching staff and began to teach the foundation level classes and has always found it extremely rewarding helping students to develop vocally, and enable them to explore the wealth of wonderful repertoire. Outside City Lit Trevor has worked professionally with many opera companies and travels all over the country singing in oratorio and concerts. He has just started a year's contract with the Royal Opera House Chorus and is preparing to sing The Marquis de la Forse for Midsummer Opera’s production of Dialogue of the Carmelites in November 2019.

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.

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Course Code: MF321C

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Finished Wed, day, 22 Apr - 01 Jul '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £152.00

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