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Full Time School

    Singing & Music Study

    Singing & Music Study

    Singing:
    General Aims and Objectives
    • create a positive and creative environment where students can find and explore their voice
    • to consider the aims of art in general, its power of communication and its realisation in vocal performance
    • to provide a grounding in vocal technique through technical understanding and exercise
    • to present a varied and challenging diet of music to stretch ability and broaden technical ability
    • to accentuate the successful aspects of individual creativity in the hope of inspiring further development
    • to equip students to present themselves in a mature and professional manner
    • to promote a sense of co-ordination and co-operation in group performance in the pursuit of combined excellence
    • to prepare students for audition process as an aid to future training and professional work
    • to monitor and guide the individuals’ progress
    Introduction to a piece (or pieces) of musical material (selected to demonstrate and practise required skills) with an initiated discussion of the style, setting and possible interpretation of the piece. Harmony maybe added where appropriate, with correction to general technical detail along the way pointing out the use of developing technical facility where appropriate.
     
    Group performance of the work with an encouragement for individuals to present part of or the whole work in front of the class with constructive criticism aired at the end of each performance.to produce graduates who:
    • are confident in their own voice
    • have developed sound technical vocal skills
    • are developing an individual vocal style
    the areas which are paramount importance in the young singer are:
    • care of the voice
    • correct posture
    • correct breath control
    • correct pronunciation of vowel sounds and use of diphthongs
    • accurate and genuine interpretation of the lyrical material encouraging individuality
    • confidence

    Music Study:
    Aural Awareness
    Understanding and recognition of important time signatures, their association with dance, their notation
    • tempo and tempo change - its relation to performance
    • relative pitch exercises - including those based on scales and triads
    • the sound of orchestral; modern and ethnic instruments, Preconition of these in isolation and in complex arrangements
    • basic musical forms-   binary, ternary etc
    • the distinction between major and minor and their emotional language
    • percussion sounds - with particular reference to the drum kit and its importance in musical theatre and popular styles
    • methods employed by composers to create moods in the listener with reference to pitch, tempo, range, instrumentation, dynamics, phrasing, articulation and texture
    The Physics of Sound
    • sound as a compression wave travelling through a medium
    • pitch as a frequency and mathematical relationship with the scale
    • the range and limitation of the human ear
    • the fundamental and harmonies with reference to vocal clarity
    • resonance - its essential qualities in acoustic instruments and the human voice
    • the range of musical instruments with reference to the mixing of sounds and equalisation during recording
    Technological Awareness
    • the working of a recording studio and recording practices including practical experience with equipment
    • the mixing desk with reference to EQ, auxiliaries, panning and digital effects
    • its connection to microphones, keyboards and outboard equipment
    • the popular multi-track recording formats of analogue tape, digital tape and hard disk recording
    • differences between dynamic and condensor microphones and their applications
    • the understanding and practical uses of electronic reverberation, compression, delay and chorus
    • stereo and sound in the stereo field
    • the P.A system
    • listening on cans and balancing sound
    • microphone technique in live and recording work
    • samples, synthesisers and sequences in modern recording with special reference to MIDI
    • graphic equalisers, parametric equalisers