Time: 19:45 - 21:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: MF304C
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is for those with some singing experience. Come and learn the basic techniques behind good and healthy singing discover a wide selection of music in a fun environment. Build your confidence as a singer.
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 : folk, pop and musical theatre
- group singing and singing as an ensemble
- harmonising will be introduced in some songs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- feel confident singing in a small group, with and without support from the piano
- show an understanding of how the voice works at a rudimentary level
- demonstrate improved rhythmic awareness
- use 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 and terms.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a suitable class for near-beginners who wish to cover basic aspects of singing. However, you need to be able to hear notes from the piano and voice and sing them back at the correct pitch. If you are unsure about your ability to do this, please attend one of our advice sessions.
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?
Sessions begin with a range of vocal warm ups and most of the following work will be in groups. Musicianship exercises to develop aural awareness are included alongside songs in a range of styles, which may include rounds or part singing. 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?
All music and learning resources will be available in the google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We recommend that you repeat Singing level 1 for at least three terms, but you can enjoy these classes as often as you wish before moving to a different level. The songs are different each term and this will help you build up a good 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.
Swiss-born Colette has been teaching singing for thirty years in all sorts of musical styles from rock and pop to jazz, from total beginners to advanced levels. She has taught at various colleges around London and Southend and has worked at City Lit since 1994, teaching a variety of singing courses. For the past six years she has also been teaching musical style singing to 6-18 year olds at a theatre arts school. Colette trained as a pianist from a young age and in her early twenties she studied various courses from jazz and pop singing, drama and studio recording at Goldsmiths College. This enabled her to build her own recording studio, where she still spends a lot of her time perfecting her songwriting. Being a performer, singer songwriter and musician playing piano and guitar gives her a unique outlook and connection with her students. She enjoys teaching and encourages her students to explore new territories and express themselves to get in touch with their inner selves. Her experience and background enables her to relate to her students, giving her a great advantage as a teacher.
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.