Time: 17:30 - 19:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MF322A
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Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is designed to improve upon the vocal technique acquired in ‘Singing 2’ or equivalent, and to allow you to start experimenting with repertoire and to discover how important this is with regard to acquiring a good vocal technique.
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?
- Vocal and physical exercises and the relationship between voice and body
- Introduction to vocal repertoire in English and Italian.
- Guidance in choosing repertoire suitable for your own voice
- Presentation and performance skills.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Sing simple songs rhythmically and in tune, using a more settled technique
- Apply knowledge of suitable repertoire to your future song choices
- Apply good practice to your singing in order to perform successfully
- Understand the value of critical evaluation in vocal and performance technique.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need to have completed a ‘Singing 2' course or equivalent.
This course requires a basic understanding of musical notation, i.e. key and time signatures, note values etc.
You need confidence to learn a short song (in class) and sing it in front of the class.
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. You could also drop in to one of our advice sessions where we can hear you sing and help you choose the right course. Please bring a piece to sing with simple piano accompaniment.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
We use Zoom to meet for live classes and Google Classroom to share materials, worksheets, recordings etc.
Live classes will be taught with a variety of methods:
Vocal exercises and songs may be in a variety of languages.
You will be taught as a group, singing along with the tutor and individually through tutor guided repertoire. There will be discussion arising from the practical work, and both tutor and group feedback. There will be demonstration and lectures. You are encouraged to practise daily.
The class pianist will work with you to provide accompaniments for the pieces you are working on.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A note book and pencil for taking notes, sheet music as required and a course book as advised.
You are encouraged to acquire copies of music studied during the year.
Music may be purchased new or second-hand and/or available from local libraries. Westminster Central Music Library (Victoria) and the Barbican Music Library have very comprehensive collections. Suitable scores may also be available from http://imslp.org/.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The course comprises of 3 terms across the year and continues with Singing 3B/3C
At the end of the year we recommend that you move on to Singing 4.
However, you may choose to repeat any modules from ‘Singing 3’ if you wish to further consolidate your skills at this level.
For more information please contact the music department: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.