Singing for Pleasure

Ref: C2341178

The following topics will be covered on this course: effective 'warm ups' which prepare the voice for singing, including facial exercises and deep breathing. Improving singing in tune - vocalising along to a keyboard, getting as many participants to 'pitch' the note as possible and singing musical scales. Singing popular songs, covering a range of tastes and genres, from pop music to soul music and classical music. Basic harmonising - once the individuals within the group have had their vocal range identified we will concentrate on getting the most out of their voices. Basic harmonising will enrich performances and give more detail and depth.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to collectively improve the singing of members of the public and to hopefully perform at some point in the future. The tuition will be fun and productive.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is open to members of the public.

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

  • Confidently pitch notes along to a keyboard and perform musical scales, explaining how I arrived at understanding my vocal range and how it can be best used within the group.
  • Show recorded evidence of at least two vocal pieces that have been sung as a group.
  • Confidently harmonise with other singers within the group using '3rds'. This is a basic harmony accompaniment (the third note of the scale).
  • Explain how to do at least two vocal 'warm ups' - deep breathing and facial exercises.

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
  • The students will be encouraged to practise in their spare time and harmonise with fellow group members.

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
  • There will be lots of verbal feedback and some written feedback, both as a group and with individuals. Continual encouragement is very important.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Some suggestions of songs to sing from the students would be welcome.

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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • The students will be encouraged to attend other courses that are run by the WEA.

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Singing for Pleasure

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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