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.
Course Code: MF306A
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online course is for those of you with a year of singing experience. Learn techniques for healthy singing and explore musicianship skills relevant to singing. Learn a selection of songs in a supportive yet challenging 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 better
- songs from folk tradition, pop, jazz and musical theatre
- harmonising with the tutor will be introduced in some songs
- solo singing will be introduced in the latter stages of the term.
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
- demonstrate improved rhythmic awareness
- have good posture for singing and display an understanding of efficient and effective breathing
- show an understanding of music notation and musical terms
- have contributed to recordings of group song arrangements.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for novice singers who have some training and wish to consolidate and develop essential aspects of singing.
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 as a group singing along with the tutor. In these live online classes you will 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 practice exercises to do between sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All music for the course,and learning resources, will be supplied in the google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We recommend that you follow Singing level 2 instalments for the academic year, but you can enjoy these courses as often as you wish by repeating before moving to a different level. The songs are different each term and this will help you build a repertoire.
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.