Acapella Singing for Women: Harmony and Health

Ref: C3668859

This course aims to introduce and embed the physical and mental health benefits of singing in a group. It's fun, diverse, inclusive and sometimes challenging - stretch your singing skills in a safe and supportive environment as we try songs from around the world.

Course aim

Enjoy your voice and sing in harmony, while learning how singing can help your health, and putting it into practice.

Who is the course for?

This course is for women only. No experience required - just be prepared to sing! We welcome women of all ages who are interested in using music to improve their own physical and mental health.

What topics will this course cover

You will learn basic warm-ups to help body, breath and voice. We sing acapella (without accompaniment) - the repertoire consists of songs from a diverse range of cultures and sources, from simple rounds to complex and mysterious harmonies. Songs are learned by ear. Every term there will be an option to sing our songs in a different setting - in hospital, outdoors or in a shopping centre - this is not compulsory, it's your choice to take part. We aim to give you confidence and wellbeing through singing that you can carry into other settings in work and life. Many of our students go on to join local choirs, while others enjoy the course as a change from the usual choral menu. The group is warm and friendly and welcomes newcomers.

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:

Practice and learn warm-ups for body, breath and voice to enhance the experience of singing Learn simple rounds Learn songs in harmony and polyphony from a diverse range of traditions ancient and contemporary Have the opportunity to sing in an unusual setting (sometimes to an audience, sometimes not); examples - on the moor, in the crypt of an old church, in hospital, in a shopping centre.

How will I know I'm making progress?

The tutor will make recordings to play back to the group so that we can evaluate our progress. Individual learning plans will be reviewed by the tutor to ensure you are getting what you want from the course. Feedback will be given with sensitivity throughout the programme to help with tone and pitch for maximum enjoyment and benefit.

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

Wear comfortable clothes and soft shoes. If you need refreshment during class, please bring water only into the practice room. A separate room is provided where you can eat a snack and have a hot drink during the break. Summer term singing option is usually a trip out to the moors; we share transport and often have a pub lunch afterwards so please allow for this in your budget if you wish to come along. Please note that there will be a 2-week half term, with no classes on 30th May or 6th June.

Reading and information sources

None required. For information re the tutor's approach to singing please see Information will be given during the course re appropriate internet links, eg on YouTube.

What could the course lead to?

Increased confidence and wellbeing. Many students go on to join local choirs and perform with them.

Download full course outline

Acapella Singing for Women: Harmony and Health Course Outline


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