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“A fabulous way to spend an evening: fun, inspirational and it really helped with improving my singing technique”

Realise your singing potential in a fun, friendly and relaxed environment.

Twickenham choir

Master the fundamentals of singing technique...

Forming the main teaching part of the course, singers are led through the basics of breathing, developing a good tone and increasing vocal range, encouraging the correct voice placement, plus improving intonation and building stamina for singing.

Singers are given exercises to practise each week, as well as a variety of online audio and video resources to ensure tangible progress can be seen (and heard!) throughout the course's duration; vocal recordings are taken at the start and end of the course for comparison. Extra support and advice for individuals is available should they require.

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Enjoy singing solo and with others...

Easily the most rewarding and enjoyable part of the course, singers are introduced to a selection of new and familiar songs to practise and apply their vocal technique. With plenty of guided teaching, singers chose and share a wide variety of songs over the 6 weeks, providing a useful teaching and reflection tool for the rest of the group. A selection of online resources are made available for further support.

In addition to solo singing, there are plenty of opportunities for ensemble singing, always a highlight, especially for new or inexperienced singers! Simple harmony singing is introduced, along with vocal blending and dynamic contrasts, plus a chance to engage with a range of contrasting musical styles.

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Develop an understanding of musical notation and sight reading...

Many singers attend the course to develop their sight reading skills. Although not the main element of the course, the basics of musical notation are taught, as well as setting aside a small part of each week's session to sight reading skills. Sight reading exercises are combined with vocal exercises for home practise, with extra help (and even homework!) available when needed.

“If any aspirant singer out there is thinking about working with Carl, my advice would be to seize the opportunity if it presents. He is a master of his craft and any time you are able to spend with him is priceless”

Is this course suitable for me?

Each course is tailored to the group of participants as much as possible. However, planning and teaching of the course assumes that:

  • You have limited singing experience e.g. you may not have had any formal singing lessons but enjoy it, or you may sing with an un-auditioned choir.

  • You would like to improve your vocal confidence and ability, perhaps to join a choir if you do not already.

  • You are comfortable enough to sing alone in front of others, albeit in a very supportive and friendly environment.

  • You have some awareness of musical notation e.g. you may play an instrument or have had music lessons in the past; you know some note names and their values.

  • You love to sing!

    If you are still unsure of whether the course would be suitable for you, please contact me with any questions you may have.

Next course details:

Monday 25th February to Monday 1st April 2019

7.30pm - 9.30pm, The Meeting Room, Putney Library, Disraeli Road, Putney, SW15 2DR

Cost: £120

Enrolment on this course is now open.