Singing for Beginners

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Key information:

Course dates:
Tuesday evenings, 27 September–01 November 2022
Course times:
7pm-9pm
Age:
18+
Art form:
Music
Fees:
£250
Deadline:
9am, Sunday 18 September 2022
Level of study:
Short Courses and Summer Schools
Mode of study:
In-person
Venue:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
When:
Autumn | Evening

Course info

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  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • The deadline for bookings is 9am on Sunday 18 September 2022, or when the course reaches full capacity.

Ages 18+

Course Dates & Times

Tuesday evenings on 27 September, 04, 11, 18, 25 October and 01 November 2022
7pm-9pm, weekly

About Singing for Beginners 

This new six-week in-person evening course for beginners, will introduce you to a number of techniques to improve your singing and build confidence. 

Led by voice and dialect coach Esi Acquaah-Harrison, the course will cover breathing exercises, vocal warm-ups and expression through song, and will equip you with tips for looking after your voice and maintaining good vocal health.

Through practical exercises, you will experience how to sing independently and with a group, covering a range of musical genres including gospel, musicals and traditional folk songs.

The course will be mostly practical and you will be encouraged to have fun whilst putting your new skills into practice with the rest of the class, in a safe and relaxed environment.

Who is the course for?

For anyone who has a desire to improve their singing and build confidence, with the help and guidance of an industry-leading professional. The course is for beginners, with little or no formal training. 

What can I expect?

Through practical exercises, you can expect to:

  • Learn about harmonies (singing with two or more people)
  • Learn about the different elements that make up a melody
  • Discover different ways of expressing yourself through song and dynamics 
  • Practise with vocal warm-ups and exercises
  • Learn about vocal health
  • Experience blending in a group  
  • Gain a deeper understanding of your voice
  • Discover something new about yourself
  • Build your confidence
  • Have fun

The course, which will focus on singing and learning together, will evolve with the needs of the group. You will receive feedback from the course tutor during the course. All exercises will be worked on together as a group. You will not be asked to sing on your own, unless you would like to.

Do I need anything for the course?

No materials required. Just your enthusiasm for singing and willingness to participate with others.

Course Fee

£250

Book Now

  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • The deadline for bookings is 9am on Sunday 18 September 2022, or when the course reaches full capacity.

Eligibility

About the Course Tutor

The course has been developed and is taught by Esi Acquaah-Harrison.

Esi is a voice and dialect coach whose work includes Moreno (theatre 503), The High Table and Lava- Award winning play (Bush Theatre); Punk Rock (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Sex Education Series 3 for Netflix, Beneatha's Place and Start (Mountview), Desert Boy, Love and Money (Lamda), Pigeon English (Bristol School of Acting), Stop Kiss (RADA). Esi most recently worked on The House of Shades (Almeida Theatre featuring Anne-Marie Duff).

Her other experiences include an exciting ten-year world tour (2010-2019 inclusive) with Cirque du Soleil's show - Totem, in which she was the lead female singer of the show and original cast member. This was preceded by two-years as Rafiki in Disney's The Lion King at Disneyland Resort, Paris. Some of Esi's singing and stage experience includes work with the likes of Luther Vandross, classical singer Jessye Norman, Michael Ball, Mariah Carey and Sir Tom Jones. Esi is a former member of UK's London Community Gospel Choir who recently appeared on Britain's got Talent.

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