What is the course about?
If you are an experienced singer with a reliable vocal technique and music-reading skills, this advanced course will offer you the opportunity to study of Western classical song repertoires in depth. It will also help you to improve the way you prepare for performances on the recital platform. You are expected to prepare your repertoire in advance for this class. In module 3 we talk about presentation, communication and phrasing, using repertoire tbc. Tutor: Håkan Vramsmo [external website]
Accompanist: Clive Pollard.
What will we cover?
- Vocal and physical exercises.
- Expanding your confidence and experience of singing in different languages
- Guidance on technical improvement with reference to vocal colour and tone.
- Experimentation with repertoire and guidance on its suitability.
- 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...
- Confidently perform selected songs from the studied repertoire from memory.
- Demonstrate a vocal technique to show variations of tone and colour.
- Show an enhanced understanding of the works studied.
- Show an improvement in your listening skills and aural perceptiveness.
- Critically evaluate vocal and performance technique in yourself and others.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
- to have a stable vocal technique, having completed either the Build foundation levels up to Intermediate (upper), or have had a minimum of five years individual tuition;
- to be confident singing in front of the class and have the ability to learn repertoire from memory regularly;
- a reliable understanding of musical notation so that you can prepare your songs in advance, and an ability to read music (sight-singing not required)
- an ability to sing in various languages especially English, French, German and Italian
- to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
If you are new to Build 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?
- Time allowed for physical and vocal warm-up.
- Group work, individual presentations, discussion and exchange of ideas/suggestions between tutor and class
- Demonstration and lecture.
- You will be expected to research and experiment with repertoire and to present it in class already prepared.
- Repertoire will be introduced for the most part by the tutor, but students will have some opportunity to experiment with their own choices.
- You will be expected to practise for a minimum of one hour daily.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Note book and pencil, sheet music as required and perhaps a course book if required. You are encouraged to
acquire copies of music to be studied during the year. Music may be purchased new or second-hand and/or
available from local libraries. Westminster Central Music Library (Victoria) and the Barbican Music Library have very
comprehensive collections. Suitable scores may also be available from http://imslp.org/.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may repeat Advanced singers' workshop (song) for as long as you wish. Or you might like to consider one of our opera classes or the City lit opera school.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details