How We Teach the Songs

 

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  • We start each rehearsal with a physical and vocal warm-up.
  • There is usually a teacher leading each harmony.
  • Singers stand in a semi circle with the teachers in the centre.
  • We teach the songs by ear, line by line, call and response, and try to create an uplifting, easy learning environment.
  • If a song has a lot of words, we project them onto the wall with an overhead projector. This means that singers don’t have to hold pieces of paper but can look up and watch Fiona directing while peering at the words over her shoulder!
  • Singers generally choose the part that they think¬† suits their vocal range.
  • Fiona will advise you about this if you are not sure what part suits your voice.
  • Fiona will occasionally divide groups to create a better balance of sound.
  • Some scores are available but are not used in the weekly rehearsals so you don’t have to be able to read music.
  • Audio tracks of the songs are available on the Members page to support the learning process.