What is the course about?
This is a group class for everyone to come and sing together as a choir during a lunchtime. Learn to harmonise and blend as an ensemble and have fun while you're doing it. It's been proven that singing in a choir improves your health and well being, so get involved! The choir has a professional piano accompanist and towards the end of each module there is an opportunity to give a short informal performance in the college café.
What will we cover?
- A vocal warm up is used at the beginning
- Some basic technique and breathing exercises designed to help you get the most out of your voice
- The music chosen on each module will cross several genres so there is something for everyone. From classical choral works to folk, pop and musical theatre.
- Repertoire may include occasional sacred items from various traditions
- Repertoire will include part singing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Feel confident about singing as part of a choir
- Know more about choral repertoire in a number of genres
- Perform in simple 2- or 3- part harmonies
- Have a greater understanding of how the voice works.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for all levels from beginners to those with some experience. You do not need to read music but you will perform songs using sheet music notation so you should be curious to learn some tips about reading music.
You do not need to have trained your voice before, but we do ask that you can hear notes played on the piano clearly and repeat them back at the same pitch.
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 choir and 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?
The session will consist of group work, demonstration and lectures from the teacher. There will also be lots of rehearsal time for each song either part-by part or all together as you learn harmonies.
You will be asked to rehearse your part (and memorize words) between lessons
You may like to study recordings of songs to help you learn them.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a folder to keep your music in order, pencil and perhaps a Dictaphone to record your vocal line if you find that helpful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You are invited to keep taking Choir at lunchtime courses for a long as you wish. You may also like to consider one of our ‘singing for beginner’ courses to learn more about vocal technique or a musicianship course to learn to read music.
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