Sing music theatre workshop
Time: 13:30 - 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?
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 and there are opportunities for end-of-term presentations.
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?
- 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 a general understanding of musical notation is required to be able to independently learn new repertoire on a regular basis, and be confident singing in front of the class.
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. If you need further advice about which level is the right one for you, or for more information about the singing programme please contact the music department (email@example.com).
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:
- Vocal exercises and songs which may be in a variety of languages
- sheet music, audio files and accompaniments (posted in Google Classroom)
- worksheets (posted in Google Classroom)
- demonstration, lectures, experimentation and discussion arising out of work in progress
- There may be class songs chosen by the tutor and you to choose your own repertoire from
a specified period/topic focus.
- Sessions may also include work on aural skills and musicianship as applicable.
To make good progress, a regular practise routine is essential and you will need to allow time to practise and experiment with repertoire in order to present your songs regularly in class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A notebook and pencil for taking notes, sheet music as required and a course book as advised. You are encouraged to acquire copies of music you are studying during the year. Music may be purchased new or
second-hand. Suitable scores may be available from IMSLP [external link]
Our pianist will record accompaniments for your selected songs during the course.
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 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.