Singing workshop: performance
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MF329A
Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
This lively online workshop is for singers and actors with at least 3 years singing tuition who wish to further develop their vocal technique and performance skills in lighter side and music theatre repertoire. The focus is on stylistic interpretation and good vocal technique for performance and there are opportunities for end-of-term presentations.
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?
- Physical and vocal exercises and guidance on technique.
- Voice work to gain the vocal qualities and style for the repertoire
- Guidance on choosing suitable repertoire for your voice type
- Guidance on performance techniques and strategies
- Communicating with an audience
- Help with constructive criticism in order to gain a better understanding of the voice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform the studied songs to a reasonable standard and from memory;
- Choose appropriate repertoire;
- Understand the varying vocal demands for different styles;
- Demonstrate a broadened approach and show a better vocal technique for the repertoire.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need to have a relatively secure technique and be vocally confident enough to try new techniques/vocal exercises in front of other class members online.
You do not need to sight-read music, but a general understanding of musical notation is required to be able to independently learn new repertoire on a regular basis, and be confident singing in front of the class.
To 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 ZOOM to meet for live classes.
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
- demonstration, lectures, experimentation and discussion arising out of work in progress
- There may be class songs chosen by the tutor and you to choose your own repertoire from
a specified period/topic focus.
- 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.
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?
You may continue with Singing Workshop modules as long as you wish or you may like to explore some of our classical singing classes to further expand your vocal repertoire.
You may also like to consider supplementary classes such as music theory or a piano class to help support your learning.
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.