What is the course about?
This group class is for everyone who enjoys singing to come and enjoy music as a choir. Learn to harmonise and blend as an ensemble and have fun while you’re learning! This course has a professional accompanist.
What will we cover?
- The musical repertoire on each course module will cross several genres so there is something for everyone. From movements from famous classical choral works to folk, pop and musical theatre.
- Repertoire may include occasional sacred items from various traditions
- There is time allowed for a vocal warm up at the beginning of each session
- You will also learn some basic technique and breathing exercises designed to help you get the most out of your voice
- We read from some musical scores but there is plenty of time to learn notes in rehearsals so you are not expected to have advanced music-reading skills.
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 simple 2- and 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 beginner upwards. However, you must be able to hear notes from the piano and voice and sing them back at the correct pitch. If you are unsure about your ability to do this, please attend one of our advice sessions. 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?
Each lesson will begin with a vocal warm up before new music is studied and rehearsed. Sessions generally comprise of working on the separate voice-parts, and then focus on ironing out problems and difficult passages as the parts are brought together. The teacher will then move on to interpretation by drawing attention to more prominent lines within the overall texture and dynamic contrasts within the piece.
Rehearsing outside the classroom from week to week will aid your learning and development and/or listen to recordings or backing tracks.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Music sheets are provided but please bring a folder to keep them organised. You will also need a pencil and perhaps a Dictaphone on which to record your vocal line so that you can learn more quickly in your spare time.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may repeat this course for a long as you wish as the repertoire changes each module. However, we recommend a minimum of three modules’ study to experience a useful amount of repertoire.
If you are interested in exploring your vocal potential further you may like to consider the class ‘Singing 1’ to learn more about your voice and develop your technique further with ‘Singing 2’.
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