Singing for pleasure

Ref: C2341024

The following topics will be covered on this course: a continuation of developing the strength of the voice and also it's subtlety (its dynamic range). Harmonising using 5ths (the 5th note of the scale, which blended with 3rds on the previous course, gives a great effect). A new selection of popular songs to sing using the methods learned from the previous course - there will be a refresher session and new students will be able to catch up. Learning at least one minor scale, singing along to the keyboard - this will give variety and more complexity, although it will still be relatively easy. with an appropriate degree of challenge for the students.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to continue developing popular songs that can be sung by the public and within a group under tuition. There will be a greater repetoire of material and more harmonising.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This is a continuation of the previous course, but there will be catch up material for new members, so beginners are still welcome.

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

  • Show I can harmonise with other members of the group using '5ths' (the 5th note of the scale).
  • Demonstrate how to sing a 'minor scale' along to a keyboard and also with other members of the group.
  • Account for what it was like to sing at least another 2 songs, the choice of these will be arrived at by the group, showing how we sound in a recording.
  • Account for what it was like to sing with other members of the group, possibly in a recorded interview (subject to the wishes of individuals).

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • individuals in the group will be asked to practise solo and hopefully practise in smaller groups in their spare time.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • Verbal feedback will be continual and very supportive. There will also be written feedback and students will be asked to praise fellow group members.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Song suggestions from group members are welcome and we will arrive at song choices as a group.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Progress to other music courses run by the tutor will be encouraged.

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Singing for pleasure

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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