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Love to Sing at the Mary Ward Centre

Love to Sing at the Mary Ward Centre

Duration: 12 sessions

Price: £81

Run by: Reception Team
at Mary Ward Centre

42 Queen Square

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About the Course

A relaxed and fun space for all lovers of singing who want to explore group singing, build harmonies and re-discover the joy of vocal music. Varied grooves and contrasting styles and genres will be covered. Beginners welcome.

Who is this course for
Any person interested in getting more involved in music will find this course easy, quick and stimulating. Students require only enthusiasm and a willingness to explore music through their voice. No previous music study is required. Those who have basic training in voice/music and those who have considerable training will find the tutor's approach to performance and musicianship equally challenging. The tutor is experienced at engaging a variety of skill levels simultaneously and challenging every individual participant to strive for a greater standard.

What does this course cover
The course will aim to fulfil three main goals.
- Development of vocal technique
- Understanding of basic music theory and terminology
- Performance of music in a group setting

As part of the music theory and terminology that students will gain they will be able to:
- Correctly identify 35 key musical symbols
- Recognise several music phrases; utilising them in classes and conversation
- Understand the formal and jargon variations of musical terms.

Every session will involve a warm-up, giving the students access to a small bank of useful exercises and a clear understanding of when and how to use these. Further, students will be encouraged to develop exercises for themselves in order to specifically work towards their own vocal needs and goals. Each session will have a very short break in the middle.

The course will begin the study of various aspects of vocal technique and group performance skills and each session will culminate in a 'mini performance' within the class environment which will be recorded. Students can then access these recordings for further self-study and practice but also so the group can both enjoy their achievements, and track progress.

Over the course students will learn songs covering a range of material including traditional folk, pop, stage musical and sections of choral work. Some of these will be completed to performance standard and the group will undertake an informal sharing of these during the last session in a public space of the Mary Ward Centre.

Whilst this might sound slightly daunting, it is, in fact, remarkably easy to achieve and will be in the secure environment of a group activity. As one of the main goals of the class is group performance no student will be required to deliver solo material unless they are very keen, in which instance limited opportunity for this will be made available utilising the fact that many song traditions of the world are based around a 'call and response' culture.

Students at a simple practical level will be able to sing confidently in a group setting. Importantly, whilst studying these practical skills they will further have gained an understanding of varying aspects of music life: study, appreciation, theory, specific technique in relation to the voice as an instrument and performance. Students will have acquired the basic rudiments of reading score, understanding of their own voice and vocal range, acoustics and the related important decisions of a performer and have studied a selection of performance material in detail.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

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Course Start Dates

Thursday 2nd May 2019

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups

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