Stage 1 singing – beginners
Singing Lessons – Stage 1 (beginners)
The worship singing course will be run by the experienced worship singer Danica Bryan:
Originally from Australia, Danica began her passion for singing at the age of 10 when she recorded her first album. After completing her first degree majoring in Dramatic Studies she went on to perform in several bands in and around Australia and New Zealand, collaborating and recording with many artists across a variety of genres. Since moving to London in 1999 Danica has worked with artists such as Daniel Beddingfield, Gloria Gaynor and Hazel Fernandez (Jamiriquai) as well as supporting many famous acts including Whitney Houston, Go West, Macy Gray. She also sings with the cover band Pastiche – www.pasticheband.com.
Here is an overview of the stage one beginners singing course:
Each workshop starts with a few fun vocal warm ups which help with breathing, pitch and vocal range.
Stage 1 Singing (beginners) Lessons
Our Beginners Singing course provides an excellent foundation for absolute beginners as well as for those who have had some basic vocal training.
Your voice will grow in strength, flexibility and musicality, giving you a sense of control and confidence when singing.
If you are a little nervous, don’t worry this course focuses on singing in harmony as a group. You may, occasionally, be asked to sing alone in order to check the correct application of techniques, but no more than that.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t get it right first time round, it’s all about practicing and enjoying singing together.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t get it right first time around, it’s all about practicing and enjoying singing together.
Over the 10 weeks we will cover
- A basic understanding of the workings of the vocal mechanism
- Covering all fundamentals of singing technique: Singing from the diaphragm, voice production, posture, breathing, voice placing, tone quality, sound projection, resonance, register awareness, and vocal range
- How to achieve a good quality vocal performance while using your voice in a safe and healthy manner
- Practice guide CD of singing exercises to build your voice over the course
- Identifying your vocal range: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass
- Confidence in singing on your own to lead a small group
- Key tips to choosing the right worship songs for the right context
- How to choose a key to sing in that suits your voice perfectly
- How to transpose a song to the right key
- Be introduced to basic musical notation – how to follow a song chart
- Building your confidence
- Microphone technique
Group/ensemble singing to start with – individuals to take lines/ as we sing
Singing in tune – long notes
Top 10 tips to staying in tune/confidence
Same structure each week:
- Warm up – physical and vocal warm up which help with breathing, pitch and vocal range.
- Skill development – focusing on vocal technique, musical skills and revision of previous learning.
- Exploring time – listening to different vocal techniques within a song, chest
- Piece of the week – listening to the original, exploring the score/chord sheet, feedback and discussion.
- Practising the song – focusing on vocal production
Something to think about
Students will receive a practice CD of singing exercises and songs covered in the course. You may wish to bring a Dictaphone or other portable recording device in order to record melody lines etc – we recommend this. Also, bring a pencil to make notes on the score
By the end of the 10 sessions singers can begin to lead worship using contemporary songs in the context of a pastorate or home group