Sight-reading for choral singers
Time: 15:30 - 17:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MG999B
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
Improve your sight-singing and related aural skills for choral singing in a fun, interactive online class. With exercises, songs, practical and theoretical class activities, raise your choral singing game. This course is ideal for singers with some musical knowledge and singing experience.
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?
- interpreting and singing from staff notation (using alphabet notation, ABCDEFG, not Solfege)
- interval recognition and reproduction with a focus on common intervals
- reading time signatures and understanding up-beats
- reading cues from vocal scores
- tips and hints to find your starting note.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate improved sight-singing skills
- Demonstrate the ability to hold a harmony part
- Demonstrate improved rhythmic accuracy
- Recognise and sing a range of intervals
- Be confident reading a score and finding cues for starting notes.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You must be able to read basic staff notation, and to sing in tune.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.
If you are unsure about your level and if this is the right course for you, please email the music department for more advice - firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
For this online course you will need a computer or tablet with a webcam, microphone and reliable internet connection.
We use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit any homework tasks.
We use ZOOM to meet for classes via webcam.
Your tutor will teach though a variety of techniques:
- tutor explanation and demonstration via webcam
- sheet music, audio files and accompaniments (posted in Google Classroom)
- worksheets (posted in Google Classroom)
- group singing and individual demonstration tasks
To make good progress, you are encouraged to practise daily and may be given
work to do at home.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
It's helpful to have a folder to keep your notes organised, and a pencil for marking your music.
All other music materials will be supplied.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Penelope Jane Homer studied Music at the University of Nottingham (graduated 2003), and was a choral scholar at St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham. She enjoys a varied career as a professional chorister and soloist, and choir conductor as well as a teacher. Penelope teaches singing at City Lit, and also teaches at Streatham and Clapham Prep School and privately. She is Musical Director of the Winchmore Singers, an upper-voice choir in north London, as well as Apprentice Musical Director at Enfield Choral Society. She is a regular chorister at St Dominic’s Priory in London, and Administration and Communications Officer for Arts Network Sutton. She is keenly interested in arts education, and has worked at both Akademi South Asian Dance UK and Benslow Music Trust, for Edition Peters in their sales department, and as Training Manager for the the Association of British Choral Directors.
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.