Singers: improve your intonation
Time: 16:00 - 17:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MF921
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is for people who are learning to sing but have difficulty in pitching notes reliably. We will explore ways of improving intonation through singing, vocal and listening exercises. There will be group work and individual practical work.
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?
- Confidence in using the voice
- Basics of healthy voice use
- Listening and singing exercises to help develop a sense of pitch
- Basic music theory relating to understanding pitch.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- sing simple songs confidently in a group
- display an enhanced understanding of your intonation difficulties and strategies for improvement.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous experience is needed. The course is aimed at beginner singers who have difficulty in singing back the note that they hear or more experienced singers who wish to gain more confidence with pitching. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Vocal warm-ups and simple songs and exercises to build confidence, promote healthy voice use, and develop your ear. Singing will be mainly as a group; however, because of the individual nature of intonation problems you will get more out of the course if you are prepared to sing a little on your own. The ability to dedicate time to practice between sessions will greatly improve your progress on the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Handout will be shared via google classroom and you may find it helful to have a pencil and notepad.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a wide range of courses in solo and/or group singing, as well as practical musicianship.
For more information about the full complement of our singing courses, please our blog on Choosing a singing class.
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.