Singing for absolute beginners

Course Dates: 10/07/19 - 31/07/19
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Trevor Alexander

Start your journey as a singer this summer with our short, enjoyable course. Take your first important steps to develop a healthy vocal technique. An ability to pitch notes from the piano and voice is essential.


What is the course about?

A chance to start exploring your voice in a fun, informal setting, to build confidence, develop your musical skills and learn some basic principles of healthy voice use. This is a group class and you will not be expected to sing solo although there may be opportunities for you to volunteer to sing one of the songs solo towards the end of the course. Tutor: Trevor Alexander .

What will we cover?

- Some basic vocal technique, e.g. breathing and posture and vocal warm-ups at an introductory level.
- Several songs in a range of styles, which may include some rounds and/or simple part-songs to develop musicianship.
- Singing rhythmically and in tune.
- There may be some basic music notation.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Sing with more confidence
- Sing several new songs
- Sing with greater awareness of rhythm and intonation
- Have some understanding of healthy voice use.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No previous experience is needed, but you will need to be able to sing a note at the same pitch that is played or sung to you by the teacher. If you are not sure if you can do this please attend an informal drop-in music advice session . 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?

- The class will begin with physical and vocal warm-ups and exercises to promote healthy voice use.
- You will learn songs in a range of styles to develop confidence and musicianship.
- Some basic music notation may be covered, relating to the songs studied.
- The tutor will demonstrate vocal sounds for the class to copy.
- Singing will be mainly as a group, with some singing in smaller groups.
- You may be asked to do some practice – resources will be provided to help you with this.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a notebook, pen/pencil and a folder for keeping music etc.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City lit run a wide range of singing courses. It is advised that from this course you progress to our popular ‘Singing for beginners’ series starting in September. If you have some prior experience, however, your tutor may advise you to consider ‘Basic technique for singing: module 1’.

For more details about our vocal programme 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.

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


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

As a nervous novice who has never sung before, I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and gained a huge amount from it. Our tutor is not only gifted and hard-working but extremely respectful of beginners' attempts at making sounds. He has taught us how to breathe, how to warm up, how to let go of feeling self-conscious even when the notes don't come out as they might. And, of course, how to sing. I recommend this course highly.
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Review by Lily / (Posted on 07/08/2016)
Fantastic, confidence building, individual attention as well as learning with others; great introduction to breathing for singing and to different techniques for different types of singing et.c teacher was brilliant: lively and knowledgeable and put in lots of effort.
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Review by Croakandsqueaknolonger / (Posted on 14/09/2015)
I've learnt the fundamentals of breathing, which is very important to singing well
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Review by Kaz / (Posted on 14/09/2015)
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Book your place

Course Code: MF941

Started Wed, eve, 10 Jul - 31 Jul '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £36.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.