Basic technique for singing: module 2

Course Dates: 17/01/19 - 04/04/19
Time: 12:15 - 13:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Heather Longman

Year one of our solo-singing programme. Suitable for singers of all styles of music and taught by a classically trained teacher. Gain a fundamental grasp of vocal technique and an understanding of the level of work involved to progress as a singer. This is the second module of a 1 year foundation level course.


What is the course about?

This course will give you a grounding in the basics of a healthy vocal technique and provide experience of singing solo in a supportive environment. It will also help you to have a realistic understanding of the level of work and commitment needed in order to progress as a solo performer.

In module 2 we will explore how to achieve healthy and effective voice production.

What will we cover?

- Basic exercises and techniques to help with vocal development.
- Relationship between the voice and body (e.g. posture, breath).
- Guidance on choosing suitable repertoire.
- How to manage practice throughout the week.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Apply your knowledge of the basics of singing
- Use body posture as an asset in singing
- Sing simple songs rhythmically and in tune
- Perform simple songs and exercises in front of the class.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

- An ability to pitch notes from both piano and voice (i.e. be able to hear a note and sing it back correctly).
- Enough confidence to sing a simple exercise in front of a class.
- Some familiarity with music notation, e.g. you should have some idea of note values and key and time signatures.
- You will need 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?

- Vocal exercises and songs which may be in a variety of languages and styles, starting in the group context, progressing to solo singing
- Through demonstration, lecture and discussion arising from work in progress.
- You will be encouraged to listen to each other and give feedback in order to increase your awareness of vocal and performance techniques, and are encouraged to practise daily.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

A notebook and pencil for taking notes, a folder, sheet music as required, and a course book as advised. 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

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course continues with Basic technique for singing: module 3

If you need help learning to read music please consider supplementing your singing studies with Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm. These musicianship courses are ideally taken in conjunction with a singing / instrumental class and will help you learn much faster.

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


Customer Reviews 3 item(s)

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I'd already done and enjoyed the first module of this course, and this module carried on where the first left off. As well as singing songs together and learning the rudiments of rhythm, we were all required to learn a solo piece, which most of us were very nervous about. Amazingly, we were all able to sing a solo by the end of the course, thanks to the tutor's amazing patience and encouragement. And it's all great fun, as well!
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Review by mariwyn / (Posted on 13/04/2015)
The teaching is excellent, and sometimes demanding. It's tough singing solo, it takes you outside your comfort zone, but once you've done it it's exhilarating The whole class is in the same boat, and very supportive.
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Review by Rhouffi / (Posted on 13/04/2015)
I thoroughly enjoyed the course, and the teaching style. We had fun singing different songs in different languages which is nice.
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Review by metzosuprano / (Posted on 25/03/2015)

Book your place

Course Code: MF318B

Please choose a course date 

Thu, day, 17 Jan - 04 Apr '19

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £151.00
Concession: £115.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.

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