Singing for all
Singing is enjoyable, fun, satisfying, and also good for your health! This course will help you discover, develop and improve your own voice, while learning a variety of songs together in a friendly, informal and supportive atmosphere.
To acquire and develop a healthy, effective vocal technique. To learn and perform a variety of songs (as a group). To develop greater confidence to participate fully in singing or musical activities.
Who is the course for?
What topics will this course cover
Voice production: breathing, resonance and power, intonation, diction. Performing songs of varied style – classical, pop, music theatre, jazz, folk, in unison and harmony. Aspects of music theory – pitch, harmony, rhythm, written notation. Learning by ear and developing strategies for memorising songs
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:
1. Understand and describe the basic principles of good vocal technique (posture, breathing, resonance, mouth/throat shapes). 2. Use the principles of good vocal technique to improve and maintain their own vocal capabilities. 3. Sing the songs in this term’s repertoire with good intonation, rhythm and diction. 4. Devise and make use of strategies for learning songs by ear and for memorising melodies and lyrics. 5. Maintain an independent vocal part when singing songs in harmony.
How will I know I'm making progress?
The tutor will give verbal feedback to the whole group throughout the song-learning process. Occasional audio-recordings will be made of class performances. Individual feedback will be given privately when appropriate.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
A folder is useful to keep song sheets in, and a pencil for making your own notes on the sheets
Reading and information sources
What could the course lead to?
Joining a choir, Further vocal study.