Time: 15:45 - 17:15
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: MF318A
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This interactive, online course will give you a grounding in the basics of a healthy vocal technique and provide experience of singing solo in a supportive environment. Through a variety of songs, gain a a realistic understanding of the level of work and commitment needed in order to progress as a performer and how to make the most of your voice.
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?
- Basic exercises and techniques to help with vocal development.
- Relationship between the voice and body (e.g. posture, breath).
- Guidance on choosing suitable repertoire.
- How to manage practice throughout the week.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Apply your knowledge of the basics of singing
- Use body posture as an asset in singing
- Sing simple songs rhythmically and in tune
- Perform simple songs and exercises in front of the class.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
- An ability to pitch notes from both piano and voice (i.e. be able to hear a note and sing it back correctly).
- Enough confidence to sing a simple exercise in front of a class.
- Some familiarity with music notation, e.g. you should have some idea of note values, time signatures, accidentals and general musical geography.
- 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?
We use ZOOM to meet for classes and GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit any homework tasks.
Your tutor will teach though a variety of techniques:
- Vocal exercises and songs (which may be in a variety of languages), taught in the group context, singing along with the tutor and progressing to solo singing
- sheet music, audio files and accompaniments
- demonstration, lectures, experimentation and discussion arising out of work in progress
- You will be encouraged to listen to each other and give feedback in order to increase your awareness of vocal and performance techniques
- Sessions may also include work on aural skills and musicianship as applicable.
You will be supported to develop a daily practice routine.
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.
The tutor will provide some music for class songs although we do encourage you 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
Course book for this term
15 Easy Folk song arrangements for the progressing singer which is available for high and low voice. If you’re not sure which one to order you can wait until after the first class.
Your class pianist will provide accompaniments for your the songs during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The course comprises of 3 terms across the year and continues with Singing 2B/2C.
At the end of the year we recommend that you move on to Singing level 3.
However, you may choose to repeat any modules from ‘Singing level 2’ if you wish to further consolidate your skills at this level.
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.
Please take a moment to read our blog: Choosing a singing class at City lit which lists our full sequence of singing classes or contact the music department for further advice: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.