German Spring Songs - Frühlingslieder
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
We will be looking at challenges singers might face when singing in German and work on a singer's pronunciation of a couple of German art songs to do with springtime. We will also learn the music for the songs and sing them together.
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?
We will be looking at the characteristics of the German language and analyse sung German by listening to a couple of German spring songs. There will be plenty of practice of sounds specific to the German language both speaking text and singing a few songs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- use sounds specific to sung German with increased confidence
- improve your pronunciation when singing in German
- have a better insight in challenges faced by non German singers
-sing the songs featured in the course, with an improved pronunciation and some understanding of the musical features.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for learners at all levels and the way the songs are approached will be adjusted to meet the needs of the students present on the day.
You will also need to be able to understand basic spoken and written information in English (e.g. simple instructions, course documents) .
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Pronunciation of challenging sounds will be practiced together and individual students will be encouraged to read out anpart of a song, should they want to.We will be looking at the characteristics of the German language and practice pronouncing them in spoken language first. We will then put the sounds into practice when singing the songs.
For each song, a YouTube clip, the sheet music and a translation will be posted on Google classroom prior to the class.A handout giving an overview of German sounds and help of pronunciation will also be available ahead of time.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs.
Based on tutor's own materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any German and music courses. Please ask the tutors.
Gisela is a multi-skilled musician: She works as a pianist, piano accompanist, classical soprano, cellist and teacher. Following undergraduate studies in Frankfurt-am-Main and a postgraduate diploma (piano) in Weimar, Gisela obtained a MMus in Accompaniment at the Guildhall School for Music and Drama. She has also studied singing privately with Jessica Cash, focussing primarily on oratorio and art songs. Gisela performs regularly in recitals as a soloist (as pianist or singer) and also sings and plays in a variety of chamber ensembles. In her freelance work she accompanies concerts, exams and recitals for professionals, students of various music colleges and Grade exam canditates. She is a consultant for Islington Sixth Form college, with her roles ranging from acoompaniment and teaching to the conducting of exams and auditions. Gisela has worked for City Lit since 2001, as accompanist and tutor. Presently, she teaches Piano, Singing and Chamber music (Level 2 and Advanced).
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.