Technical singing class

Course Dates: 18/10/20 - 08/11/20
Time: 13:15 - 15:15
Location: Online

Refresh your singing with a short online technical course. Put together an impactful warm up routine, improve your understanding of technique and how it affects your singing. Suitable for intermediate level singers in classical style. (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 course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

This online course is aimed at intermediate level students singing classical repertoire or singers returning after a break, who can already sing confidently with piano accompaniment but who feel that they need a focus on technique to boost their singing and re-energise their practice sessions. On this short course you will spend focused time working on selected aspects of singing technique to help you to make better use of your instrument. Through exercises (physical and vocal), you will improve your vocal control and feel more confident with your singing.
(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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Basic warm up exercises you can build into your regular practice
- Essential facts about the voice and its function
- Selected technical exercises to realign your instrument
- Applying vocal technique to repertoire
- Problem solving in your own practice sessions.

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

- select appropriate warm-up activities to refresh your existing routine
- demonstrate a variety of vocal exercises with understanding of their function
- demonstrate a greater understanding of your own technical strengths and weaknesses
- demonstrate some new approaches to old problems with your singing.

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

- Suitable for singers of intermediate level and above, who are able to learn music independently and have some knowledge of vocal technique
- Also ideal for singers returning after a long break
- Please prepare a song/aria to sing with. You will be asked to demonstrate passages to the class that you find challenging and the tutor will suggest exercises to help
- You will need 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 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?

Sessions will in general focus on technique
Time will be allocated for a vocal/physical warm-up
Classes will take a workshop format.
Regular practice between classes is essential, as is loose/comfortable clothing. You will be given guidance on how to practice.

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

- please send your piano accompaniment no later than one week in advance of the first class to allow our accompanist time to prepare your recordings/backing tracks to use during the class.
- you may wish to use a sound-recorder to take note of some exercises suggested by the tutor
- a note-pad/pencil.

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

At the end of this short-course you may wish to join one of the regular singing courses in our main programme. You may also wish to join the next Technical singing class. Please note, we also offer courses in sight-singing and music theory / musicianship which can also help different aspects of your singing development.


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This course is fantastic - hugely informative and led by a fantastic tutor.
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Tutor Biographies
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.

Book your place

Course Code: MF331

Sun, day, 18 Oct - 08 Nov '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £99.00
Concession: £60.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2630

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