What is the course about?
To acquire and practise the skills necessary to sing well in a harmony group, large and small. Explore aural awareness, vocal tone, music reading, and musical memory.
What will we cover?
We will learn to sing accompanied and unaccompanied vocal pieces from a range of styles - popular, folk, classical, in up to four parts. This will be supported by a vocal warm up. There will be some exploration of the theory that underpins how harmony is organised.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- enjoy increased confidence in your singing
- enjoy teamwork, and understand how to contribute to group success
- have increased your awareness of harmony, intonation and timing
- learn harmony parts and songs, exercising musical memory.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You must be able to sing in tune, have experience of singing in a group and have decent musicianship skills.
You need a good ear and to be keen to perform in a team and learn arrangements. A good sense of musical time is a great advantage. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Group work, listening, reading, singing, memorising, rehearsing vocal arrangements.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A folder for music copies. A device if you wish to record rehearsals.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Choirs or solo singing classes, singing backing vocals, vocal musicianship studies.
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