What is the course about?
This online workshop is ideal for singers who have been studying for about 3 years and have a reasonable grasp of vocal technique. It is especially ideal for singers who have completed our ‘Consolidate your singing technique’ course, or who have similar experience. This workshop will introduce you to studying and performing in a workshop format and help you to apply your vocal technique to new and existing repertoire. (Please email a copy of your own choice music, including BPM and instructions, to the music department for the accompanist ideally two weeks in advance, but no later than one week before the first class).
This is a live online 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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Transitioning between technical work and interpretive work
- Working with a professional accompanist
- Singing in front of the group in a workshop format
- Exploring repertoire that is suitable for your current standard.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- feel confident performing with accompaniment
- display an understanding of how a solid vocal technique allows for freedom of expression
- have an enhanced idea of what repertoire best suits your voice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Singers should have 3 years’ group experience (or two years’ private study) or equivalent and have the ability to learn to repertoire between each session. Singers will need to prepare their own music and send a copy for the accompanist two weeks in advance of the first class along with BMP and performance instructions.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor presentation and explanation
Practical sessions, workshop style
Listening to each other perform
Class discussion and debate
Listening and reading outside class is encouraged and once enrolled further online resources will be available via Google Classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a notebook and pencil and prepare at least one classical song to sing. Please email a copy of your own choice music, including BPM and instructions, to the music department for the accompanist ideally two weeks in advance, but no later than one week before the first class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City lit offers a range of singing classes for all levels throughout the academic year. Please read our blog Choosing a singing class, or contact the Music Department.