When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Madeleine Holmes
  • Course Code W21VSSA09C

What you will learn

This online course focuses on the various components of singing at intermediate to advanced levels. Students are coached on interpretation of repertoire that uses classical vocal technique, in a masterclass setting. You will be provided with recordings of the piano accompaniment of your chosen repertoire for your individual practice, and to use during the lessons.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop a greater understanding of the issues concerning interpretation of solo singing repertoire (songs, arias, oratorio, music theatre etc)
  • Perform a range of songs suitable to your voice in consultation with the tutor
  • Explore how to interpret different styles and composers
  • Cultivate the relationship between the vocal line and the piano accompaniment
  • Develop your pronunciation skills as singer in a range of different languages
  • Improve confidence as vocal performer


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free
  • Class format and activities

    You will be working with the tutor on your individual chosen repertoire each week, focusing on a selection of aspects of performance (such as musical and textual precision, expression and interpretation of the performance instructions, pronunciation of the text etc) with the rest of the group observing and offering peer feedback. For the rest of the session, you will be observing the other students’ work, offering your own feedback, and ask the tutor questions. The accompanist of the course will be recording your chosen song, and sending you the recording which will be using for your preparation, and during the sessions. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular and detailed feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment. Achievement on your course will be measured by your progress towards achieving the learning outcomes will be reviewed throughout the course. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e.: progression to another course.

    Entry requirements

    You will need to have had at least a couple of years of vocal training, using 'classical' vocal technique. You also need to be able to sing in tune, have a sense of timing and a basic understanding of musical notation.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This course will be taught online, using the Microsoft Teams platform. Information about how to access and use this platform will be provided by the college ahead of the first session.

    What you need

    You will need to have downloaded and be able to access the resources provided by the tutor ahead of each session. Help and guidance will be provided by the tutor at the start of the course. You will be provided with recordings of the piano accompaniment of your chosen repertoire for your individual practice, and to use during the lessons. However, you will need to inform the accompanist what is your chosen song a week in advance of each session, and you need to send them an electronic copy of the sheet music, in order to receive a recording for your preparation. Full guidance will be provided by the tutor at the first session of the course.

    What you can do next

    Further advanced classical singing courses include: Solo Singing 6, Advanced Singing Masterclasses, Singing Masterclass on Lieder, Singing Masterclass on French Song, Singing Masterclass on English Song, Introduction to Opera Performance, and the Morley Opera School.