Guildhall School of Music and Drama Vocal Studies

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Vocal Studies

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Vocal Studies

Vocal Studies

Individual Lessons and Coaching | Masterclasses | Opera Studies | Song Repertoire | Recitative | Oratorio | Contemporary Repertoire | Drama | Movement | Languages | Musicianship | Vocal Ensemble | Performance Projects
Guildhall School is renowned for its training of singers. At the heart of Vocal Studies is the development of each student’s individuality as a performer and artist. Through an intensive programme of one-to-one lessons, coaching, small-group work, repertoire classes, performance projects and rehearsals, you will be helped to build the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to find your own professional direction. Establishing and maintaining a healthy, consistent vocal technique is the focus of your regular one-to-one lessons, while the innovative array of classes and performance opportunities is designed to hone your understanding of musical style, languages, stagecraft, communication, musicianship and ensemble work.

Undergraduate

BMus

The four-year undergraduate programme is structured to establish firm foundations in the core disciplines necessary for a singer: Vocal Technique, Repertoire and Musicianship, Performance Craft and Languages.

Studies in Years 1 & 2 involve:
  • Individual singing lessons
  • Vocal repertoire classes and projects
  • Spoken and sung languages (English, Italian, German and French)
  • Performance craft (drama, movement and performance projects)
  • Sight-singing
  • Ensemble skills
  • Keyboard skills
  • Performance platform

In Year 3 the various subjects are integrated and greater focus is placed on putting disciplines into practice through rehearsal and showcase performance.

Studies in Year 3 involve:
  • Individual singing lessons
  • Individual coaching
  • Introduction to opera (staged/semi-staged opera repertoire)
  • Drama (spoken text)
  • Movement
  • Italian repertoire
  • Spoken and sung German
  • Spoken and sung French
  • Song repertoire
  • Historical performance
  • Performance platform

Year 4 is almost exclusively practical.

Studies in Year 4 involve:
  • Individual singing lessons
  • Individual coaching
  • Opera and theatre (opera scenes and production)
  • Stagecraft and Movement
  • Song repertoire (including English, French and German song)
  • Italian repertoire
  • Voiceworks (contemporary repertoire)
  • Oratorio
  • Classical specialism
  • Teaching skills
  • Audition preparation
  • Professional skills
  • Performance platform

Read more about the BMus course structure.