(Practical activities, Workshop, Music Lab)

  • Language: ENGLISH
  • Enrollment: 09-03-2023to hour 12:00 on
  • Subject area: Soft skill, personal and career development
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No specific prerequisites are required, other than proficiency in English

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MUSIC, Voice control, cultural fusion, repertoire building, singing
Arts and craft, Communication and presentation skills, Social, Health and lifescience

Description of the initiative

This course is conceived for anyone who is interested in knowing more about the human voice, vocal techniques, contemporary and traditional singing styles. From a singing perspective, it covers tone production, breath support and voice technique exercises that accentuate the processes of tone strengthening, building your voice and using it properly. Along with these technical aspects, the students will have a chance to learn, explore and evaluate a diverse musical repertoire that stems from a wide variety of cultures. The course starts with 4hrs of online seminar sessions, in preparation for the 10hrs of sessions in person.

Online sessions
  1. Voice basics. Using our voice: differences between speech and singing. Vocal folds and their role in vocal production. How does our voice behave in different life situations and emotional states and how can we use our voice to produce the best sound quality? Live demonstrations and previews of video material.
  2. The singing voice. Through warm-up exercises and explanations, students will have a chance to hear and see how the voice is used to ascertain several roles: conveying joy, anger, tenderness, reflecting a certain style, story or a cultural heritage.
In-person sessions
  1. Voice - vocal apparatus, voice as the carrier of meaning. (I) Vocal anatomy and breath support - essentials of vocal health awareness, demonstrated through stylistically diverse vocal exercises, helpful to singers of pop, rock, jazz and world music; and useful to public speakers, songwriters and instrumentalists. (II) Four steps of effective breathing, neutral posture and breathing exercises. The idea of low-body, diaphragmatic breathing. Physical and vocal stretches. Mistakes to avoid. (III) Group singing exercises. Lip trills, humming, sliding vocal sounds and long tones. Staccato and arpeggio exercises. Benefits: easing register transitions, extending range, and achieving breath control.
  2. Style & lyrical context - implementing different stylistic approaches to music and singing. (I) Vibrato, vocal registers and belting. Vocal workouts that make the students aware of all voice components while improving range and articulation. (II) Lyrics. Identifying message, style and background story. We will explore different stylistic tools to project emotions and convey messages.
  3. World music & singing - Part One. (I) Shecharchoret (Morenika). Song analysis: instrumentation, arrangement & groove, lyrics, history and background story. (II) How do we use lyrics and vocal technique to support the groove and the instrumentation? Correlation of languages we sing in with music and vocal placement. (III) Tapestry of Sounds. Collective and individual identities that are weaved into the songs and vocal performance.
  4. World music & singing - Part Two. (I) Analysis of songs of great impact (cultural, emotional, stylistic). (II) Practical exercises: solo performances by willing participants and/or playing recordings while employing the technique of critical & analytical listening.
  5. What is a song? Repertoire Building and Performance. (I) Applying what we learned to the context of a performance. Using the explored examples in the live concert of the "Interplay Collective" (Spazio No'hma, April 26-27, 9pm). (II) Drawing conclusions as a team. (III) Group activity: circle singing


dal April 2023 a April 2023


Sessioni online
1 – Nozioni di base sulla voce (mercoledì 12 aprile, 17:30-19:30)
2 – La voce cantata (venerdì 15 apr, 17:30-19:30)
Sessioni in persona (in aula di ateneo, preferibilmente l'auditorium)
1. Voce - apparato vocale, voce come portatrice di significato (lun 17 apr, 17:30-19:30)
2. Stile e contesto - approcci stilistici alla musica e al canto (mar 18 aprile, 17:30-19:30)
3. World music e canto – I parte (mercoledì 19 aprile, 17:30-19:30)
4. World music e canto – II parte (gio 20 aprile, 17:30-19:30)
5. Cos'è, in fondo, una canzone? Costruzione del repertorio e performance (ven 21 apr, 17:30-19:30)

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