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TRAINING COURSES



Singing for Larks offers training on:
Leading Singing Workshops
,
Teaching Songs Clearly
and
Song Arranging
. Training is offered as a one-off (either a focused training day or a residential course over a number of days, with a broader curriculum) or as a series of sessions over a period of time. You can book on a Singing for Larks training course as an individual or your organisation can book tailor made training to suit its own budget, time and content requirements.

Singing for Larks Training Programme 2018:


Faith will be leading 2 standalone training days, both at Sale Quaker Meeting House, Manchester.

Saturday 10th March 2018
Leading Singing Workshops
Saturday 6th October 2018
Song Arranging

There are so many things to think about when you’re leading workshops, teaching songs or arranging songs. Rather than trying to cover everything in one day, each of the training days will focus on a few key elements. To make the training days as relevant as possible to those attending, you are invited to contact Faith beforehand (see top of page) to discuss where you’re up to and what your personal training needs are at the moment. Faith will then tailor each training day to be most relevant to those who are attending. To help you to think about your current training needs, look below under the separate subject areas, for details of what might be covered.

Each of the days will include ideas and tips from Faith’s (nearly 30) years of experience, group discussions and practical exercises, with opportunities to try out your skills. Whether this is your first step or you're an experienced practitioner who wants to take time out to review and refresh your practice, you will have the chance to relate the discussions and exercises to your own current situation. It’s always valuable and exciting to share your experiences and ideas with others who are on a similar quest; to make the most of this, places on the training days are strictly limited. You don't need to be able to read music for any of these courses.


LEADING SINGING WORKSHOPS



"Having time to have a go ourselves made all the difference - it helped us to pinpoint the challenges and develop strategies for dealing with them. It all feels much less daunting now."



These courses can consider anything that needs to happen for a singing workshop to get off the ground and be successful. They are aimed at anyone who is involved in leading singing workshops / groups (or who would like to be), whether you are the sole leader, or a member of a group who takes shared responsibility for leading.
Maximum participants: 16 people.

Depending on the length of the training and the needs of those attending, these courses can include:
- Clarifying your aims (focusing on what you want to offer - not trying to be all things to all people)
- Planning and preparation (ensuring you feel confident and ready… for all eventualities!)
- Warm-ups (clarifying why you’re doing them and finding / developing your own to achieve just that)
- Songs (finding and choosing songs that suit you and your group/s)
- Singing skills (helping your group/s to pitch notes, keep rhythm and integrate words)
- Group sound (helping your group/s to listen their way to singing 'as one')
- Group dynamics (dealing with group ups and downs and with individuals who need extra attention)
- Accessibility (helping everyone to join in at their own level and with their own needs)
- Publicity (getting the right people to the right group)
- Feedback and evaluation (making sure this is meaningful and useful, not just a boring exercise)
- Getting support for yourself (so that you can keep supporting your group/s)

"I loved everything about it - Faith's style and manner, all the other folks, the songs, the conversations, the laughing, the puddings, the location and the house itself... and I learnt shed-loads!"

"I was feeling a bit down about my hopes to become a workshop leader, but this weekend has revitalised my desire to get on and do it."




TEACHING SONGS CLEARLY



"Flexible, yet very well organised; relaxed, yet we got through an awful lot; supportive, yet we all faced our own challenges."



These courses focus on methods and skills for teaching songs clearly and confidently. They're aimed at anyone who wants to teach songs to others, whether it's in an official workshop setting or a in more informal singing group with friends or colleagues.
Maximum participants: 16 people.

Depending on the length of the training, these courses can include:
- Finding and choosing songs
- Counting in
- Keeping the beat
- Working on rhythm and pitch
- Breaking songs down into manageable chunks
- Beginnings and endings
- Memory aids
- Useful equipment
- Awareness of different learning styles
- Developing your own teaching style

"The tingle of apprehension has been re-named as enthusiasm, that chattering inner voice that normally self-monitors has subdued, leaving me a bit more space to notice what else is happening and there's more calm certainty that we'll make it to the end of the song together."




SONG ARRANGING



"the simple, step-by-step approach made a potentially overwhelming topic very straightforward"



These courses explore a number of ways of harmonising songs for unaccompanied voices, with reference to different song styles and origins. They're aimed at anyone who wants to arrange songs for acapella; you don't have to be a workshop leader, and they're suitable for those who have no experience of arranging songs as well as for those who want to improve their skills.
Maximum participants: 16 people.

Depending on the length of the training, these courses can include:
- Identifying a number of basic methods of arranging songs for acapella and exploring these methods by listening to examples and then trying them out on different song riffs, in small groups. We do this entirely by singing (we don't use instruments or written music) and this way we concentrate on creating 'singable' arrangements. The longer the course, the more methods we can explore.
- Considering various purposes and aims we may have for different song arrangements. We then explore how these different aims will affect our approach to each arrangement.
- There are usually opportunities to consider songs that participants are currently working on, though, again, the length of the course will affect this.

There are no entry requirements and you don't need to be able to read music, but you do need to be able to hold a harmony, on your own, in a small group.
These courses are very largely practical, with opportunities to try out your skills, as well as to share your experiences and ideas with a group of people who all get a thrill out of creating harmonies.

"by trying out the ideas ourselves, we gained a much greater understanding... and it was really good fun!"

"a clear, systematic, organised approach that has given me a good foundation for experimentation"