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.



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.