Introducing Singing for Adults
A Group Course for Beginners
‘You’ve got a song you’re singing from your gut, you want that audience to feel it in their gut. And you’ve got to make them think that you’re one of them sitting out there with them too.’
– Johnny Cash
‘When I began singing, it was the first time I was happy in my life. As a baby, I would stop crying when I heard a great singer.’
– Andrea Bocelli
‘A great course for everybody who loves singing! It will help you understand the basics of singing technique, boost your confidence and allow you to meet fantastic people. Highly recommended!’
– J. Kaletka
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Do you love to sing? Have you ever been told that you had a good voice and ‘must get it trained’? Would you like to know what actually goes on in singing lessons? Featured on RTÉ Radio One’s ‘Morning Ireland’ programme and one of Waltons New School of Music’s most popular courses, the summer version of our Introducing Singing for Adults is designed to take some of the mystery out of singing, improve your confidence in singing before an audience and introduce you to the fundamentals of voice training. Along with a small group of like-minded adults, you will observe and participate in basic singing tuition. You will learn how to choose songs (from a range of musical styles) that suit you and your voice. And you will begin to explore the technical side of singing, discovering the application and use of Focus and Support. (We will also discuss how to work with a voice/singing teacher to achieve your singing goals.) But most of all you will learn – in a relaxed and supportive environment – to sing with and in front of others. For those who want a basic understanding of technique, as well as for those who want to begin a lifetime of study (Pavarotti took a singing lesson every week for most of his life!), this course is the perfect introduction to the singer’s art.
Please note that Introducing Singing for Adults is not a course for the timid. You will be asked to stand up and sing with – or in front of – others on a weekly basis!
This course covers Stage 1 of the New School’s ten-stage system of student progress and assessment, which culminates in a teaching or performing qualification (Stage 10) should the student progress that far. Participants who successfully complete the course can be issued with a certificate of completion of Stage 1. If you are taking the course, please let the school office know if you would like this certificate. See About Our Stage System for more information.
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Introducing Singing for Adults is one of the New School’s group courses. We also offer private voice (singing) tuition for students of all ages and skill levels. See Voice (Singing) Tuition for more information.
Jenna began her music studies with classical voice until she discovered her passion for jazz, and she holds a diploma in Jazz Performance awarded by Trinity Guildhall and an honours BA in Jazz Performance from Newpark Music Centre (she was the first woman in Ireland to receive a degree in Jazz Performance). She also holds an MPhil in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin. The Jenna Harris Quintet, a band formed while she was an undergraduate, performed jazz standards for a number of years after they graduated, and she has also performed and recorded with the jazz/electronic group Zoiband, releasing the EP Sundillion in 2011. Currently her main performing focus is jazz and improvised music projects, including Berri, a drums/voice duo performing original material, with Matthew Jacobson on drums/synth and Jenna on voice/effects/loops, regularly joined by Derek Whyte on double bass. While Jenna specialises in jazz, she teaches natural voice technique, suitable for many music genres, that prioritises clarity and a full understanding of the student’s voice. This approach promotes vocal longevity and the ability to maintain a settled, comfortable and problem-free voice. Special attention is also given to the development of the student’s own individual ‘sound’. Jenna has taught with the New School since 2006, and with Newpark on their BA programme.
‘Relaxed but progressive atmosphere. Good quality tuition. Professional teacher.’
– K. Ackland
‘A very nice introduction to the basics of singing. You learn how to sing great songs step-by-step, without having to be able to read music.’
– F. Bulcke
‘This course is a great introduction and confidence builder. Before you realise it you’re singing in front of people and loving it!’
– E. Donnelly
‘Very enthusiastic teacher and great breadth of genres taught. Really enjoyable – didn’t miss a class!
– P. Dunne
‘I really enjoyed the course and gained confidence in my singing abilities as well as learning new techniques, and I had fun singing songs I would not normally have considered “suitable” for me.’
– R. Ferguson
‘Great fun. Relaxed atmosphere. Learned loads!’
– K. Finn
‘It is a great singing experience. Besides learning the techniques, you gain confidence in yourself. It is also a relaxing time.’
– M. Laboureur
‘A great introduction to singing and the different genres of music. The course definitely made me want to pursue further vocal training.’
– R. Lee
‘A very enjoyable course. The teacher was very experienced, and all participants improved hugely, even shrinking violets!’
– E. Loughrey
‘If you love to sing but are not sure how to progress, give the singing course a go. Hugely enjoyable and a great way to progress in a small group. It helps with wobbly nervous voices too! Highly recommended.’
– A. McCabe
‘Gave me confidence to try for the high notes in the choir I’m in.’
– B. Mac Ceallaigh
‘The course was so much more than I expected. I learned so much and gained confidence within myself. The teacher was an inspiration!’
– C. McGowan
‘For me, as an aspect of personal development, the classes were hugely enjoyable and rewarding.’
– E. McGrath
‘At first I was hesitant about joining an adult singing class. Now that the class has finished I have no regrets and my Tuesday nights are noticeably empty! My technique and confidence have improved significantly and I finally know how to warm up my vocal chords. I’m looking forward to continuing my musical journey with Waltons!’
– M. McKernan
‘I enjoyed the course immensely and learned a lot. The teacher was excellent and I liked the whole welcoming set up in Waltons New School of Music.’
– A. Molony
‘Excellent tuition. I really enjoyed getting to know different voices and different styles of singing.’
– P. Murray
‘It was so enjoyable that I never noticed the time passing and was always surprised when the time was up!’
– N. O’Reilly
‘I have been singing ‘au natural’ for years, but in the class I learned about the importance of breathing correctly when singing, and also posture and other things that helped me feel that I could improve.’
– E. Wynne
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2019 Summer Term Course Schedule & Fee
Course schedule & fees will be available in May 2019.
Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course fee. Places in each class are limited to eight, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. A number of our group courses fill in advance of their start dates, and early enrolment is recommended.
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