Time: 19:15 - 20:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: MF303C
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online course is for beginners and those with just a little singing experience. Come and learn basic techniques for good and healthy singing. Explore musicianship and discover a selection of music in a fun and supportive environment.
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?
- a vocal warm up to help you get the most out of your voice
- breathing exercises to help you sing and overcome nerves!
- songs from multiple genres : classical, folk, pop, jazz and musical theatre
- harmonising with the tutor may be introduced in some songs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- feel confident to sing with and without support from accompaniment
- show an understanding of how the voice works at a rudimentary level
- demonstrate improved rhythmic awareness
- have good posture for singing
- display a basic understanding of efficient and effective breathing
- sing songs and rounds accurately in a group
- show some familiarity with music notation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a complete beginners course but also suitable for near-beginners who wish to cover basic aspects of singing. However, you need to be able to hear notes from a piano and voice and sing them back at the correct pitch. If you are unsure about your ability to do this, contact email@example.com for guidance.
You will need 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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
For this live, online course you will need a computer or tablet with a webcam, microphone and reliable internet connection to take this class.
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.
Sessions begin with a range of vocal warm ups followed by learning songs and singing along with the tutor and accompaniment tracks, and you may be asked to sing on your own on occasion. Musicianship exercises to develop aural awareness are included alongside songs in a range of styles. You are encouraged to practise daily and will be given work to do between sessions. Resources to help with learning including sheet music, accompaniment tracks and recordings of vocal lines will be posted in the google classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All music and learning resources will be supplied in the google classroom, however it is helpful to have a folder to keep your music organised, and a pencil for marking your music.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We recommend that you follow Singing level 1 for at least three terms, but you can enjoy these courses as often as you wish before moving to a different level. The songs will be different each term and this will help you build up a musical repertoire and grow your confidence.
When you are ready (your tutor can advise you on this) you can move on to Singing level 2 which introduces some solo singing opportunities. If you do not wish to sing solo, please consider trying one of our choirs.
If you need help learning to read music please consider supplementing your singing studies with ‘Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm’. These musicianship courses are ideally taken in conjunction with a singing / instrumental class and will help you learn much faster.
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.