Sing music theatre workshop

Course Dates: 15/09/21 - 08/12/21
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
Location: Online
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This online course explores music theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire. Break week 27th October 2021.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £164.00

Course Code: MF327A

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Wed, day, 15 Sep - 08 Dec '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 13 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2630

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

This lively online workshop is for singers and actors with at least 3 years singing tuition who wish to further develop their vocal technique and performance skills in the Music Theatre repertoire. The focus is on singing and good vocal technique but there are some opportunities for end-of-term presentations in semi-formal concert situations.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Physical and vocal exercises and guidance on technique.
- Voice work to gain the vocal qualities and musical styles for music theatre
- How to broaden your individual repertoire
- Guidance on choosing suitable repertoire for your voice type
- Guidance on audition techniques and strategies
- Communicating with an audience
- Help with constructive criticism in order to gain a better understanding of the voice.

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

- Perform the studied songs to a reasonable standard and from memory;
- Choose appropriate repertoire;
- Understand the varying vocal demands for different styles;
- Demonstrate a broadened approach and show a better vocal technique for this type of repertoire.

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

You need to have a relatively secure technique and be vocally confident enough to try new techniques/vocal exercises in front of other class members online.
You do not need to sight-read music, but you must be able to independently learn new repertoire on a regular basis, and be confident singing in front of the class therefore a general understanding of musical notation is required.
To 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 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?

The class begins with a short vocal warm up and specific technical exercises.
Each class follows a practical workshop format online via Zoom video calls; group singing along with the tutor and individual presentations with pre-recorded accompaniment by a professional pianist. There will also be discussion arising out of work in progress and exchange of ideas.
There may be class songs chosen by the tutor but you will also be expected to choose your own repertoire from a specified period/topic focus. You will need to work on your repertoire at home and daily practice is essential for progress.

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

Note book and pencil, sheet music as required and perhaps a course book if required. You are encouraged to acquire copies of music you are singing during the year. Music may be purchased new or second-hand and/or borrowed from local libraries. Westminster Central Music Library (Victoria) and the Barbican Music Library have very comprehensive collections. Suitable scores may also be available from http://imslp.org/. Materials provided by the tutor will be made available on Google Classroom.

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

You may continue with Music Theatre Workshop modules as long as you wish or you may like to explore some of our classical singing classes to further expand your vocal repertoire.
You may also like to consider supplementary classes such as music theory or a piano class to help support your learning.

Heather Longman

Heather is a singer teacher. She holds a BTec National Diploma and BMus (Hons 1st class) in singing from The Brit School and The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire respectively. Heather has worked professionally in opera and musical theatre performing roles for English Touring Opera, Swansea City Opera, and at the Buxton Opera festival. She has performed the title role in the musical Jane Eyre (Bridewell Theatre), sung the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (Birmingham Symphony Hall), appeared on BBC 4’s ‘And now the news’ and Channel 4’s ‘Operatunity’. Since 2010 Heather has dedicated herself full-time to teaching singing. She has taught both children and adults from enthusiastic beginners to seasoned professionals in classical, musical theatre and rock and pop styles. Heather has also worked as a music examiner for the Trinity Examination board. Heather has taught at City Lit since 2014 and loves it! She is a passionate and enthusiastic tutor who feels strongly about helping each student achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

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.