Group Course for Intermediate Students
Next course starts 23 January 2017.
'Give 'em the old razzle dazzle
Razzle dazzle 'em
Give 'em an act with lots of flash in it
And the reaction will be passionate….'
– from Chicago
'Eliza, I don’t have a dollar to my name,
an acre of land, a troop to command, a dollop of fame.
All I have’s my honor, a tolerance for pain,
a couple of college credits and my top-notch brain.'
– from Hamilton
Have you ever dreamed of being a Broadway or West End star? Would you just like to be able to audition with confidence for the local/community musical? Or do you just want to sing songs from musicals for fun? The Musical Theatre Workshop at Waltons New School of Music is designed for anyone interested in musical theatre singing and is an excellent opportunity to develop your vocal abilities, song/audition repertoire and dramatic skills. The workshop will include:
- Vocal techniques and warm-ups to help you produce a stronger, healthier sound
- Choosing and preparing the right song for your voice type
- Defining your character and ‘character-based’ singing
- Acting techniques and improvisation
- Solo and ensemble singing
- Dramatisation of scenes
- Managing stage fright
The workshop will also include extensive preparation with an accompanist, and (although this is not required) participants can showcase some of the material they have worked on in a final performance, open to the public. Participants are encouraged to invite family and friends along!
Although this workshop is an introduction to musical theatre, it is not intended for voice beginners. (Go to Introducing Singing for Adults for information on our beginners course.) Participants in the Musical Theatre Workshop should have some previous experience singing in choirs or musicals or have taken at least a term of private or group singing lessons. Please wear loose clothing and bring along a song from any musical with which you are familiar and that you would like to work on as a ‘solo’ piece.
Sinéad is available to speak by phone with those interested in participating in this workshop. Please let us know by email or phone if you would like her to contact you.
The Musical Theatre Workshop is one of our group courses. Private, partner, group and intensive lessons in singing for musical theatre are also available. See Departments & Faculty – Voice (Singing) for more information.
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Comments from Students
'A fantastic course, high energy, wonderfully taught, with clear instruction and a great class atmosphere. I'd recommend it to anyone.'
– J. Ryan
'I started the course wanting to sing but not believing I could. I ended it on a high note – literally. I found my voice through the energy, enthusiasm and love of singing Sinéad shares and gives to you – to find your voice is a powerful gift to yourself.'
– A. Loughney
'Sinéad was brilliant. She brought out the best in me, and I am much more confident now about my voice. I love everything about the course. Fun, laughter, confidence building.'
– E. King
'Sinéad is amazing, and Waltons students are lucky to have her! I learned so much in such a short time, and it's all thanks to her and her passion!'
– M. Forgione
'Sinéad is everything you could ask for in a teacher - supportive, good humoured and puts a huge effort into helping you improve and develop, overcoming your weak points and mastering your strengths.'
– G. Mackessy
'The Musical Theatre Workshop is just an amazing course. Sinéad is a fantastic teacher - encouraging and honest. Having done the course twice now, I find it has really helped me with my confidence in performaing and also in my everyday life. Even my seniors in work have noticed the change, so thanks Sinéad!'
– S. Walsh
'I really enjoyed the course and gained a lot of confidence from it. For anyone who likes to sing and has an interest in musicals, it's an ideal opportunity to explore your abilities, and it's great fun as well.'
– E. Kelly
'Imagine a singing course where you learn a huge amount in a short time and have fabulous fun doing it – that's the Musical Theatre Workshop.'
– W. Thompson
'The Musical Theatre Workshop is just great! You can improve your vocal and dramatic skills and learn how to sing properly your favourite songs, and at the same time it gives you the confidence to perform them in front of an audience.'
– L. Bartolomé Vergel
'I had a fantastic time doing this course. I wish there were more like it out there! It has encouraged me to pursue my love of musical theatre, and I hope to be back to take on some Musical Theatre performance exams next year and to receive the relevant coaching for them.'
– A. Fallon
'This course is excellent for developing both acting and singing skills in fun, relaxed and creative atmosphere. Sinéad is dedicated, enthusiastic and open to letting the class develop their performance. I hope to take the course again next year, as it has given me the confidence to perform and audition for my local musical society.'
– B. Kiernan
'I could do this course all year long. Sinéad pushes and pulls you to do your best. The feeling of achievement is "grandiose"!'
– D. Lafon
'I loved the class. The teacher is brilliant, and I feel much more confident about my singing and acting. Also the class is great fun.'
– P. Augustinovic
'Loved the way you get to express yourself.... Sinéad gets the best out of you and it is so much fun!'
– G. Foster
'Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Sinéad is a super teacher!'
– I. Minogue
'Everybody in the class hugely improved. Great fun!'
– E. Loughhran
'The course is fun filled and focused. A joy!'
– L. Walsh
Have you taken – or are you taking – this course? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire. Each term all feedback questionnaires are entered in a draw for a €50 gift token, which can be used either towards additional tuition at the school or for instruments, sheet music or accessories at Waltons Music shops.
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Sinéad Flynn, Teacher
Sinéad received a BMus in Performance from the DIT Conservatory of Music and also trained in the Gaiety School of Acting, the Academy Drama School, London and Navan Youth Theatre. She has performed in the National Concert Hall, the Peacock Theatre, Waterfront Hall and Cork City Hall. Sinéad is co-founder of Confessions of a...Theatre Company, with which she has performed The Stronger by Strindberg; The Box of Earthly Delights (The Pearse Centre, Culture Night 2010-11 and 10 Days in Dublin Festival); and The ZeBBies (the Sugar Club, Phizzfest). She has performed the role of Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Opera Antiqua, Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutti and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and with Opera Ireland she has sung in Tosca, Jenufa, The Magic Flute and Gluck’s Orfeo. Other roles include the title role in The Winslow Boy, Grusha in Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle and various characters in the critically acclaimed Hades with Upstate Theatre Company (National Tour, Theatre Les Treateaux Belgium). Film and television work includes Beached (Samson Films) and Glenroe (RTÉ). Sinéad has directed plays and taught drama in St Joseph’s Secondary School, Navan, for Navan Travellers Workshop and for Meath VEC’s School Completion Programme. In addition to her work at the New School since 2006, Sinéad has directed plays and taught drama in St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Navan, for Navan Travellers Workshop and for Meath VEC’s School Completion Programme, and she has a particular interest in outreach education.
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2016-2017 Second Term Course Schedule & Fee
10 weeks, 23 January – 3 April 2017
(No class on 20 February – Mid-Term Break)
Mondays 6.30 – 8 pm
Tuition Fee: €270
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Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the tuition fee. Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. Early enrolment is recommended, as places are limited to ten.
Purchasing this course as a gift? Please complete a Gift Certificate Booking Form.
Located in Dublin city centre, Waltons New School of Music is a comprehensive music centre, combining music tuition of the highest standard with innovative approaches to music education. The New School offers tuition in the broadest range of instruments and subjects of any music school in Ireland, for students of all ages, levels and abilities.
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