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understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. Apply your skills to more complex and challenging repertoire.
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: MF316C
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 for this course.
-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 can also contact the music department for further advice at email@example.com.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
For this online course you will need a computer or tablet with a webcam, microphone and reliable internet connection.
We use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit
any homework tasks.
We use ZOOM to meet for classes via webcam.
Your tutor will teach though a variety of techniques:
- Vocal exercises and songs which may be in a variety of languages, both sung individually and as a group
- sheet music, audio files and accompaniments (posted in Google Classroom)
- worksheets (posted in Google Classroom)
- demonstration, lectures, experimentation and discussion arising out of work in progress
- Sessions may also include work on aural skills and musicianship as applicable.
To make good progress, a regular practise routine is essential and you will need to allow time to practise and experiment with repertoire in order to present your songs in class.
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. Suitable scores may be available from IMSLP.
Our professional accompanist will be able to record accompaniments for your selected songs during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The course comprises of 3 terms across the year (Singing 4A/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 try one of our workshop classes: ‘Singing workshop’ or ‘Singing repertoire workshop’.
You may also choose to repeat any modules from ‘Singing 4’ if you wish to further consolidate your skills at this
Trevor Alexander studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has worked as a professional singer for over 30 years. Alongside his performing he has run vocal workshops and taught singing, and joined the teaching staff at City Lit in 2005. He began working with City Lit Opera on stage craft, performance skills and directing their scenes, and is thrilled that some of those students are now carving out a career in the profession. In 2006 Trevor joined the vocal teaching staff and began to teach the foundation level classes and has always found it extremely rewarding helping students to develop vocally, and enable them to explore the wealth of wonderful repertoire. Outside City Lit Trevor has worked professionally with many opera companies and travels all over the country singing in oratorio and concerts. He has just started a year's contract with the Royal Opera House Chorus and is preparing to sing The Marquis de la Forse for Midsummer Opera’s production of Dialogue of the Carmelites in November 2019.
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.