Technical singing class
Time: 13:15 - 15:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MF331B
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is aimed at intermediate level students singing classical repertoire or singers returning after a break, who can already sing confidently with piano accompaniment but who feel that they need a focus on technique to boost their singing and re-energise their practice sessions. On this short course you will spend focused time working on selected aspects of singing technique to help you to make better use of your instrument. Through exercises (physical and vocal), you will improve your vocal control and feel more confident with your singing.
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?
- Basic warm up exercises you can build into your regular practice
- Essential facts about the voice and its function
- Selected technical exercises to realign your instrument
- Applying vocal technique to repertoire
- Problem solving in your own practice sessions.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- select appropriate warm-up activities to refresh your existing routine
- demonstrate a variety of vocal exercises with understanding of their function
- demonstrate a greater understanding of your own technical strengths and weaknesses
- demonstrate some new approaches to old problems with your singing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For singers of intermediate level and above, who are able to learn music independently and have some knowledge of vocal technique. Ideal for singers with some previous training returning after a break
Please choose a song/aria to sing with piano accompaniment: you will be asked to demonstrate passages to the class that you find challenging and the tutor will suggest exercises to help
You need 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. 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?
Group vocal/physical warm-up
Classes take a workshop format, with individual feedback to each student
Regular practice between classes is essential, as is loose/comfortable clothing. You will be given guidance on how to practise.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
- please provide a copy (via Google Classroom) of the song/aria you wish to sing (with piano accompaniment)
- a note-pad/pencil.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to join one of the regular singing courses in our main programme and/or the next Technical singing class. City Lit also offers courses in sight-singing and music theory / musicianship which can also help different aspects of your singing development.
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.