What is the course about?
Building on the experience you gained in modules 1 and 2 of ‘Develop your singing technique’ you will now start to think more about the performance aspect of singing and the relationship between performance and technique.
What will we cover?
- Vocal and physical exercises and the relationship between voice and body
- Introduction to basic vocal repertoire.
- Guidance in choosing repertoire for your particular voice type
- Basic presentation and performance skills.
- Communication through singing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Sing simple songs rhythmically and in tune from memory, using a more settled technique
- Apply knowledge of suitable repertoire to your song choices
- Apply good practice to your singing in order to sing successfully
- Understand the value of critical evaluation in vocal and performance technique.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need to have completed a 'Basic technique for solo singing' course or equivalent.
You will also need to have a basic understanding of musical notation, i.e. key and time signatures, note values etc so that you can now learn a short, simple song by yourself and sing it from memory, in front of a class.
You must also 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?
your general understanding of singing through discussion arising from the practical work, via tutor and group feedback. There will be demonstration and lectures. You are encouraged to practise daily.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A note book and pencil for taking notes, 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 http://imslp.org/.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The next level we recommend is
Consolidate your singing technique: module 1.
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