Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MF312A
Please choose a course date
Duration: 12 sessions (over 13 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online course aims to consolidate your knowledge and application of a strong, healthy vocal technique and to provide a bridge between the more technically oriented classes of the previous levels and the forthcoming workshops.
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.
- Practise memorising songs to improve your performance.
- 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 at least a ‘Singing 4’ level course 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 study repertoire independently 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?
We use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit
any homework tasks and 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
- 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
- Repertoire will be taught as a group, both singing along with the tutor, and individually, guided by the tutor.
- 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 regularly 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.
The tutor will provide a list of suitable suggestions for individual choices and music for class songs and our pianist 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 and continues with Singing 5B/5C
At the end of the year we recommend that you move on to one of our workshop classes: ‘Singing workshop’ or ‘Singing repertoire workshop’.
You may also choose to repeat any modules from ‘Singing 5’ if you wish to further consolidate your skills at this level.
Håkan studied at Malmö Musikhöfskola, Sweelinck Conservatiorium and Conservatoire de Metz, in Karlsruhe, then at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has performed throughhout Europe and is especially appreciated for his intimate musicianship. He has appeared at venues including Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Sibelius Academy and Aldeburgh, and with the symphony orchestras of the BBC, Jerusalem, Birmingham, Barcelona, Gorthenburg and Malmö. His recordings include Bach's B minor Mass, songs by Finzi, Barber, Schumann and Schubert, Elisabeth Maconchy's opera "The Departure" and Panufnik's "Private Joe." Operatic roles include Aeneas, Don Alfonso, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Macbeth, Marcello, Eugen Onegin and Papageno. Håkan created the roles of Axel in Anna Meredith's "Tarantula in Petrol Blue", Carl in Coleridge-Taylor's "Thelma" and Pascoe in Huw Watkins' "In a Locked Room". Most recently he toured with Kentish Opera, Swansea Opera, Diva Opera and Opera Brava. Håkan teaches at City Lit and at the International Lied Masterclasses at Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussels.
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.