What is the course about?
This course is taught in a workshop format. Repertoire will be chosen more widely in order to use the skills acquired previously in a more flexible and artistic manner and to further develop your awareness of critical evaluation in singing.
At this level you will be expected to learn the notes for your songs in your own time and bring them to class prepared to work on communication and performance. Tutor: Trevor Alexander [external website]
Accompanist: Clive Pollard.
What will we cover?
- Vocal and physical exercises and further guidance on technique.
- Broadening your individual repertoire and guidance on its suitability.
- A selection from the English, Italian, French and German song repertoire.
- Performance technique - the art of communicating with an audience.
- Help with constructive criticism in order to gain a better understanding of the voice (peer and self-assessment).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Sing rhythmically and in tune throughout a wider range of song repertoire
- Perform the studied repertoire from memory whilst communicating an understanding of the text
- Choose suitable repertoire and demonstrate a more settled technique.
- Communicate with your audience through song
- Demonstrate an understanding of critical evaluation in vocal and performance technique.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
At this level you now need to have a reasonably stable vocal technique, having completed levels up to 'Consolidate your singing' or equivalent (at least three years' one-to-one lessons) your vocal production will be reliable.
You should be confident singing in front of the class and have the ability to learn repertoire from memory regularly.
We also require an intermediate understanding of musical notation, and an ability to read music at around a grade 4 ABRSM level. Sight- singing is not necessary.
You must 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 a vocal warm-up. Group and individual work with some demonstration and lecture.
Discussion of topics arising out of work in progress.
Repertoire will be introduced for the most part by the tutor, but you will have some opportunity to experiment with your own choices.
You will be expected to research and experiment with repertoire and to present it in class already prepared so that the tutor can work with you on communication and interpretation.
You will need to be able to learn new songs proposed by your tutor and present them from memory on a regular basis.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A notebook and pencil, sheet music as required and perhaps 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?
You may continue this workshop as long as you wish or you may continue with:
Intermediate singers' workshop (upper). This 2hr course will give you more experience at the intermediate level and help you gain confidence working with a professional accompanist.
You may also consider Advanced singers' workshop. Your tutor will advise you.
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