York Voices Community Choir

Ref: C3671042

A course for anyone who enjoys singing in a group (or would like to try it for the first time!). Have fun and make friends while singing a wide range of songs, including gospel, world, folk and pop.

Course aim

To develop a cohesive group of singers whilst working on choral skills such as listening, breathing, pitching etc., but mostly to have fun!

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Warm up my voice/body confidently ready for singing
  • Sing a new song from memory
  • Demonstrate the skill of my own part in a group/pair/individually
  • Demonstrate the ability to watch the leader's signals to ensure clear endings of words/notes
  • Share my musical enthusiasms (particular styles/artists) with other students

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • It may sometimes be helpful (and fun!) to listen to and/or practise songs at home during the week.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Feedback will usually be immediate and verbal, tending to focus on the whole group, or sections of voices. If individual feedback is appropriate to helping progression it will be given privately and sensitively.

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • All music will be provided. It is a good idea to bring a bottle of water and a pencil.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • As York Voices is a community choir many students re-enrol to continue singing with us.

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York Voices Community Choir


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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