Singing 5C

Course Dates: 22/04/21 - 08/07/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
Tutors: 
The fourth year of our classical singing programme online: continue to develop your technical and performance skills with more challenging repertoire to explore your understanding of your strengths as a singer.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £134.00

Course Code: MF333C

Thu, eve, 22 Apr - 08 Jul '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2630

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

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 more challenging workshop level.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
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 need to have completed at least a ‘Singing 4’ level course or equivalent.
You also need to have an understanding of basic musical notation, i.e. key and time signatures, note values etc so that you can learn a short, simple song independently to sing in front of the class N.B sight-singing is not necessary.
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. If you need further advice about which level is the right one for you, or for more information about the singing programme please contact the music department (music@citylit.ac.uk).

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
- 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
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.


You may also choose to repeat any modules from ‘Singing 5’ if you wish to further consolidate your skills at this level.

Ruth Beckmann Tutor Website

Ruth is passionate about teaching singing in adult education, having entered the profession as a career change. Ruth studied singing alongside a biology degree at Bristol University, and a career in the charity sector. Gradually the singing side of her life took over and she now works full time as a freelance teacher and singer. She gained a Diploma in Concert Singing from Birkbeck University, with Distinction, in 2006, and now studies with Veronica Veysey Campbell (vocal professor at the Royal College of Music). Ruth continues to undertake regular professional development, most recently the Vocal Pedagogy course with renowned singing teacher/speech therapist Ron Morris at Musicfest Aberystwyth. Ruth sings as a professional chorister and soloist in London churches, synagogues and choirs, and also loves putting on recitals with friends. She teaches beginners to advanced levels at City lit and has a busy private teaching practice. She loves helping singers to find more confidence and freedom in their singing through healthy voice use, at every stage of their journey.

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.