Improvers Acapella Singing for Women: Harmony and Health

Ref: C3676032

Take part in an acapella choir for women's voices, building on your singing experience. Hone your listening and singing skills, by working on a repertoire of songs for performance in a safe and supportive environment. This course is designed to build on 'Singing for Health' and take singers to a new level of enjoyment and skill. However it is also suitable for other experienced singers who would like to try learning by ear and singing in an acapella group, or improve their skills in this area. We will learn songs from a range of vocal traditions and some contemporary pieces for voices, including the tutor's own compositions. We will also use improvisation and groupwork to create group compositions together. Unlike formal choirs you don't have to stick to one part (eg alto, soprano) but can experiment and explore the full range of your voice . There will be a performance at the end of the term in which you will be encouraged to take part.

Course aim

Take part in an acapella choir for women's voices, building on your singing experience. Hone your listening and singing skills, by working on a repertoire of songs for performance in a safe and supportive environment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • You do not have to have attended the 'Singing for Health' group first, but you may find this beneficial . You will not be asked to read music but will be learning songs and parts by ear. Sometimes music readers find this difficult, so be prepared for the challenge!

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

  • Use and share techniques for warming up body, breath and voice prior to singing
  • Demonstrate an understanding and application of techniques for making your best sounds in a choir
  • Listen to other parts in a song and temper your contribution to the group in line with pitch, dynamics and tempo as indicated by the group leader
  • Hold a part in a round or harmony song by yourself or in a very small group
  • Perform with more confidence and improved skill

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 will be expected to use the recordings provided through the group website to practice your parts for performance

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • the tutor will use group recordings so that students can listen to and critique their work as a choir. Individual feedback will also be used to help you improve your choral contribution

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 footwear. Please don't wear perfume as it can aggravate individual allergies. Please don't come to class if you have a cold or sore throat. You will be given access to a private WEA class site where you can play your parts in order to practice at home.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You might like to take a look at the tutors website https://beepjc.wordpress.com As a class member you will have access to a private section of this site exclusive to your group

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Join a local choir (there are many)

Download full course information sheet

Improvers 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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