Feel like singing but not too confident? Want to develop your repertoire and learn new styles? Ever fancied trying your hand at writing a song?
Whatever your interest or ability, we’ll have something to suit you. We have a range of song classes, suitable for those who have never sung before to more experienced singers.
Taking Your Singing Further
This new class is aimed at people who’ve been in a singing group for a while and would now like to take their singing further, for example singing in a small group or solo, leading a song or singing in a session.
It will be a friendly and informal space in which to share and learn more, with input from the tutor and also a chance to try out your own ideas in a supportive setting. The programme for the class will be constructed out of the interests of the students who enrol.
Topics covered could include: talking about where we get our songs and what they mean to us; looking at the structure of the song; learning more about start notes, keys etc; thinking about what we need for our next step; learning how to look after our voices; building our confidence to try something new; taking a turn to present or lead a song.
The class will run for 5 weeks in Term 2 as a pilot, with the option of continuing in Term 3, subject to numbers.
Fees for this course are 50% of the standard Term 2 fees, with £7.50 Early Bird Discount.
**Early Bird Discount runs until Tuesday 29th January 2019**
Dates: 19th February to 19th March 2019 (5 weeks)
Times: Tuesday at 10.30am-12.30pm Christ Church Centre
Tutors: Mary McCann
Scottish Song & Beyond
A lively, fun and friendly group learning great traditional songs. This class focuses on training the voice through enjoyable and rewarding exercises and challenging harmonies, without the need to read music. We are continuously building on our already extensive repertoire, to include songs from Ireland, Africa and elsewhere, spending much of class time learning new songs and harmonies. Suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced singers – there are different degrees of difficulty in the class so that you can work at a pace which suits you.
This well-established class fills up quickly!
NB this class has its mid-term break one week later than all other classes, on 24th October.
Times: Wednesday at 10.30am – 12.30pm, St Michael’s Church *NOTE NEW VENUE*
Tutor: Jennifer Sterling
Songwriting in the Tradition
The class will search out the stories and memories of friends, family and neighbourhoods, and draw upon these to make songs. An enthusiasm for doing this is as important as the ability to play a musical instrument or being clever with words. We can use tunes from the tradition, just as Burns did, or we can make our own. We can work together as a group, as smaller groups, or as individuals. The class will be supportive and hardworking.
Times: Wednesdays 7-9pm James Gillespie’s High School
Tutor: Scott Murray
Now in its eighth year, this flourishing group learns a wide variety of traditional Scots songs.
We learn by ear, with easy and enjoyable voice warm-ups, simple rounds and games to build confidence, and a chance to try harmonies. The atmosphere is relaxed, warm, welcoming, sociable and musical.
Songs include Burns songs, seasonal songs, songs of celebration, Edinburgh songs, songs from the Scottish Traveller tradition, work songs, children’s songs, songs your granny loved, songs from contemporary songwriters, songs from other traditions…
The class has organised several successful socials and has performed in the community. All ages of adult singers welcome, both beginners and experienced.
**This class has been cancelled due to low enrolments numbers. Please contact the office if you would have been interested in joining the class**
Sing solo? Yes, you can. This class will prepare you to do just that, for example at a singaround session in a pub or folk club, or a TMSA competition. Anyone who wants to sing can join. There is no audition.
Participants will work in a small group led by Scott Murray, and will be helped to choose material which best suits their capabilities. You will learn how to present your songs with conviction and confidence. We will work in a relaxed, supportive and enjoyable environment.
Tutor: Scott Murray