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: MF317A
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online course aims to consolidate your knowledge and application of a strong, healthy vocal technique and to strengthen your singing all round, the emphasis shifting more towards performance.
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 further guidance on technique
-Broadening of individual repertoire and guidance on its suitability
-Performance technique - the art of communicating with an audience
-Understanding and learning from constructive criticism in order to gain a better understanding of your voice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform studied songs musically and accurately
- Apply knowledge of suitable repertoire to your song choices.
- Demonstrate a growing knowledge of what is required in order to sing and 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 ‘Singing 3’ (or equivalent).
-You will also need to have a basic understanding of musical notation, i.e. key and time signatures, note values etc so that you can now learn a short, simple song by yourself and sing it in front of a class.
-You will need the ability to learn repertoire and present on a regular basis for this class
-Note that sight singing is not necessary at this stage
-You must also be able 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. 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?
Vocal exercises and songs which may be in a variety of languages, as a group singing with the tutor and individually, through tutor guided repertoire. You will improve your general understanding of singing through discussion arising from the practical work, via tutor and group feedback. There will be demonstration and lectures. You are encouraged to practise daily.
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. You are encouraged to acquire copies of music you are studying 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 4B/4C
At the end of the year we recommend that you move on to ‘Singing 5’ or if you are confident learning music independently you can move to the workshop level.
You may also choose to repeat any modules from ‘Singing 4’ if you wish to further consolidate your skills at this level.
Siobhan is a classically trained Soprano who has been teaching at the City Lit since 2006 and is currently the co-ordinator for Classical Music (practical). She has performed extensively during her career including several years singing with the A Cappella trio ‘The Madrigirls’, at the Thursford Christmas Spectacular and with Paul Daniel conducting the Dartington Festival Orchestra. Her operatic roles include Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice), Suzanna (Marriage of Figaro), Ginevra (Ariodante), Frasquita (Carmen) and Venus (Orpheus in the Underworld) as well as Maria (West side story), Velma (Chicago) and Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) on the lighter side. She has appeared as a soloist in many Oratorios as well as numerous recitals, most recently of Spanish song exploring the relationship between Joaquin Rodrigo and his contemporaries. She has a Classics degree from King’s College London and a Diploma in Opera studies from Birkbeck University London and has trained with Sybil Michelow, Justin Lavender and Linda Hutchison. Her teaching expertise extends from Singing technique (including accent method) through to music theatre and advanced performance.
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.