Over 60s’ Singing
Rediscover old favourites and learn new songs. Emphasis is on building confidence and enjoyment. No experience required.
Who is this course for
This course is designed for anyone over 60 who enjoys singing, or thinks that they might enjoy singing. Most of the singing is the whole group together, but there is sometimes the opportunity to sing solo. No previous knowledge/experience or skill is expected.
What does this course cover
The aim of the course is to provide enjoyment and mental stimulation, and to encourage good singing habits (particularly posture and breathing).
The material used includes songs from medieval to modern, ranging from folk songs, classical songs by Mozart, Schubert, etc, opera choruses, songs from shows to musicals. Some songs are well-known, others more demanding but always manageable! Aspects of good vocal technique are introduced in warm-up exercises and when they occur in songs. Musical notation is also introduced, and discusses when appropriate but it is not at all necessary to read music.
1. Sing a wide range of songs with confidence.
2. Experience and have a basic understanding of singing process.
3. Understand basic music notation.
4. Sing in other languages.
5. Experience the blending of voices in ensemble singing.
6. Sing simple two or three part harmony, and sing without accompaniment.
What will it be like
The songs are taught mostly by rote, with written handouts to aid the memory. There are also handouts to cover technical points about music notation, and pronunciation of French, Latin, German and Italian.
Each session begins with warm-up activities and voice development exercises.
Informal self-assessment, and by tutor's observations on the group's performance and progress.
What else do you need to buy or do
What this course could lead to
Choir or solo-singing classes for beginners. Tutor will advise.
What I love most about the Mary Ward Centre is that it is never presumptuous nor pompous; I have always been accepted for who I am.Cathy
This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
Contact The Departmental Administrator.
Why come to Mary Ward Centre?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.
Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’