Acapella Singing for Women: Harmony and Health

Ref: C3668858

This course explores acapella harmony singing from a range of different traditions and cultures from simple rounds to four part harmony. Starting with the simplest of songs we will build and extend our skills over the term and aim to reach a performance standard. Each term we offer an optional performance opportunity for participants - this term there will be a chance to sing during the Coastival Festival in February 2017.

Course aim

This women-only course aims to help you experience the pleasure of singing. Studies have shown that singing in a group has both mental and physical health benefits. Be part of a learning group that is fun and makes you feel good.

Who is the course for?

You dont need any previous singing experience to take part. All songs are learned by ear. Disability and ill-health are not barriers to singing although advanced breathing problems may make it difficult for you to take part. Please contact tutor if

What topics will this course cover

Content will include songs from around the world - Africa, New Zealand (Maori), Bulgaria and other Central European countries, as well as Gospel, folk, pop and completely new music. You don't need to be able to read music to take part. We also focus on the nuts and bolts of singing - exploring exercises for body, breath and voice to get the full benefits for your mental and physical health through music.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Know and use at least 2 exercises to warm up each of body, breath and voice Be able to hold a part as a member of a small group, in rounds and harmony songs Have opportunities to lead singing and sing solo if you wish - this is entirely optional Enjoy the experience of being part of a supportive singing group List the benefits of singing to your own health and observe benefits to others

How will I know I'm making progress?

The tutor will record the group singing so you can review your own progress. The tutor is happy to give individual feedback to students if they wish to improve particular areas of their singing technique

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Wear loose comfortable clothes. You dont need any books. You might like to bring a recording device if you want to listen to songs and parts between sessions.

Reading and information sources

No pre-reading is necessary. The website gives information about the tutor's method of working.

What could the course lead to?

There are many progression opportunities for women 'graduating' from this group - Scarborough Community choir, Global Voices, Funkey choir among others for informal singing - Scarborough Choral Society for those who want a more serious and focussed approach.

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Acapella Singing for Women: Harmony and Health Course Outline


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