Singing for All

Ref: C2338145

Singing is enjoyable, fun, satisfying, and also good for your health! This course will enable you to experience singing with others in a friendly, informal and supportive atmosphere, and to learn the techniques and skills involved in healthy and effective voice production. You will discover how to develop your voice and increase your confidence in your singing. The main focus of the course is on using our voices together as a group, learning and practising a number of songs, some familiar and some new, in a variety of different styles and genres, including some harmony singing. The emphasis is on joining in, having fun and making a joyful sound!

Course aim

To enable students to acquire and develop a healthy, effective vocal technique; to learn and perform a variety of songs (as a group), and to develop greater confidence to participate fully in singing or musical activities

Who is the course for?

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

What topics will this course cover

- 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 - You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

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. Understand basic elements of standard music notation.

How will I know I'm making progress?

- A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion - You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor - The tutor will give frequent verbal feedback to the whole group throughout the song-learning process. Individual feedback will be given privately when appropriate.

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

- A folder is useful to keep songsheets in, and a pencil for making your own notes on the sheets.

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading or pre course work is required

What could the course lead to?

- 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 - Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next - Join a choir or other singing/music group.

Download full course outline

Singing for All Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • 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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