Time: 14:15 - 15:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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This course has now started
Course Code: MF333A
Duration: 12 sessions (over 14 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 workshop level.
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 (3 years 1-2-1 tuition)
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?
Vocal exercises and songs may be in a variety of languages.
Repertoire will be taught as a group, singing along with the tutor and individually, guided by the tutor.
You will improve your general understanding of singing through discussion arising from the practical work and via tutor and group feedback.
There will be demonstration and lectures.
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.
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’. You may also choose to repeat any modules from ‘Singing 5’ if you wish to further consolidate your skills at this level.
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.