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When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Madeleine Holmes
  • Course Code W21VSSA11B

What you will learn

This online course focuses solely on the 'classical' vocal technique, suitable for performances of classical repertoire, which can also be useful in other genres, such as music theatre, folk, old standards. You have the opportunity to systematically build a range of exercises that encompass all technical aspects of classical training, such as breathing, legato and staccato, vowel and consonant production, extending register etc. The course also includes simple physical work based on Yoga and Feldenkreis, aimed at improving your vocal, mental and physical wellbeing. It is suitable for all learners with at least a year of experience singing solo repertoire. Music reading is not necessary for this course.

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

  • Develop your breathing mechanism
  • Extend the register in which you can sing comfortably
  • Project the voice better
  • Control accessing your 'head' and your 'chest' voice
  • Develop a methodical range of regular warm-up exercises for your voice
  • Develop vocal health and overcome vocal strain and fatigue


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    You will be receiving material of vocal exercises of each session in the form of handouts and recordings. During the session, the tutor will be taking you through the exercises, explaining and demonstrating, and inviting each student to explore, to sing back and receive feedback, and to ask questions, . These exercises will be building up throughout the term, and they will cover a wide range of vocal technique (breathing, singing legato and staccato, groups of consonants and vowels etc.) This course is best combined with a vocal performance course, such as the Singing Performance Studio course on Mondays, which gives you the opportunityto apply the outcomes of your 'workout' on performance of your solo repertoire. The tutor will be also applying simple and systematic Yoga and Feldenkreis exercises that will help connect your voice to your breathing and achieve a deeper connection between the body and your singing.

    Entry requirements

    This course is designed for students who have completed at least one year of solo singing, eg. Solo Singing 2 and above at Morley, and who wish to apply 'classical' vocal technique to their singing.

    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. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.

    What you need

    Just your voice and willingness to experiment with new vocal 'workouts'!

    What you can do next

    This course suits a variety of levels of students, although it is not suitable for complete beginners, or for those wishing to learn to sing eg. with technique specific to jazz or pop&rock. It is best combined with a Solo Singing course of your level - please seek advice from the tutor about which level at Morley might suit you best.