Acapella Singing for Women: Harmony and Health

Ref: C3676029

This course is for women who want to sing together while learning about how good singing is for you! Sing acapella (unaccompanied) harmony songs from around the world and learn techniques to improve your singing, breathing,posture and health. You don't need to be able to read music and you won't be asked to sing solo. Songs will be taught by ear in a relaxed and supportive environment. You will learn rounds, harmony and simple polyphonic songs from a range of vocal traditions including Eastern European, Gospel, Maori, and African countries. The emphasis is on enjoyment and well-being, rather than being 'good at singing'.

Course aim

This course is for women who want to sing together while learning about how good singing is for you! Sing acapella (unaccompanied) harmony songs from around the world and learn techniques to improve your singing, breathing,posture and health.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for women only , in order to create an environment in which women feel safe to express themselves, share their voices and discuss their wellbeing.

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

  • Use a range of breathing exercises to relax and prepare for singing
  • Employ some body stretches to assist with singing
  • Engage in playful voice warm-ups to prepare for singing
  • Sing a part in a round with others
  • Sing a part in a harmony/polyphonic song with others

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
  • Most teaching will be done verbally and vocally, using repetition of parts. The tutor will also use recordings of the group to help them hear how they are developing.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • The main feedback tool for the group will be recordings of us singing together. Individual feedback will also be used.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Wear loose comfortable clothes and flat shoes. Please don't wear perfumes as this can aggravate individual allergies . Please don't come to the group if you have a cold. There is a class website where you can track our progress and hear recordings, so its useful if you have internet access.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • You might like to take a look at my own website https://beepjc.wordpress.com When you join the group you'll be given a link to the private WEA class section on this site.

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Acapella Singing for Women: Harmony and Health

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 2019
  • 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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