Musical Theatre (Singing)

Explore how to sing in character and how acting techniques can underpin vocal technique.

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    Course fee

    £315 (for 8 sessions)


    Concessionary Rate

    £250 (see Course Detail)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19/Coronavirus situation, our in-person short courses have sadly been suspended for the foreseeable future. 

In the meantime, you may be interested in one of our online courses instead. 


Course Overview

Meeting once a week for eight intensive lessons this new Musical Theatre course focusing on acting and singing (‘acting through song’) is an exciting opportunity to work with an established musical director over the whole term to explore how to sing in character and to explore the acting techniques that need to underpin vocal technique.

This course is suitable for students of any singing ability or acting experience who want to improve their singing in performance whilst learning some fundamental skills in singing technique, or for more experienced performers who want to expand their repertoire and sharpen their skills.

You will:-

  • work individually in front of the rest of the class on musical theatre songs of your own choosing
  • receive detailed feedback and guidance on new repertoire
  • be supported to create character-based scenarios for both popular and musical theatre repertoire
  • explore text analysis, character development, taking direction, vocal and singing technique
  • work towards a sharing in the final session for an invited audience. 

This is an excellent opportunity to take any existing song repertoire to the next level or to try out something new. Working in a supportive environment you’ll gain a practical understanding of working with a musical director, using backing tracks and how to combine acting and vocal technique.

The outcome of the course is to equip you with the knowledge and confidence to transfer these skills to your next musical theatre performance!

Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions below for more details. 


The course is for.....

  • Anyone interested in learning more about acting through song whether for career purposes or just for fun
  • People that want to gain the skills to get songs ‘audition ready’ for drama school auditions
  • Actors who have to sing occasionally who want to feel more confident


Course detail

Times: Thursdays 7.00pm - 9.30pm for 8 weeks. The course consists of 8 sessions in total.

Age: The minimum age is 18 on the first day of the course. No upper age limit. 

Language requirements: Applicants must be confident speaking, reading and writing English to a conversational level (IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent). 

Maximum class size: 14

Attendance: Due to the structure of the courses, full attendance is expected.

Concessionary rate: A £65 discount is available to those that are in receipt of UK benefits for either disability or unemployment. Please email short.courses@cssd.ac.uk with evidence of eligibility and you'll be sent a promotional code to input during booking. 

Upcoming dates

This course is on-hold until further notice. 

Booking

Our courses are available on a first come, first served basis in order of payment. To secure a place, please take the following steps:-

1. Read through our Terms and Conditions by clicking on the link on the left-hand side of this webpage. 

2. Click on "Book Here" on the left-hand side of this screen. Please make sure you are booking for the correct course and option (ie Mon/Wed or Tue/Thu)

3. Click on 'Tickets' on our Eventbrite booking page and follow the instructions

FAQ

COURSE SPECIFIC:

I am a good actor, but a terrible singer. Is this course for me?

Yes. Though we will not be entirely focusing on singing technique, this is a great way to cross the bridge between straight acting and singing. Some students do have private singing tuition in addition to our courses. This is not a course to teach you how to sing, but how to sing in an informed and theatrical way.

I don’t have a song at the moment. Can you advise where to find a suitable one for the start of the course?

The most important thing to think about when choosing your first song is, ‘What song best shows off my strengths?’ There is no such thing as a bad song for learning ‘acting through song’ techniques, but there will be plenty of songs that aren’t appropriate for your voice. If you are struggling to source the sheet music for your song, do let us know. Websites such as musicnotes.com offer a transposing facility that may be of use when choosing your song.

Can you give some guidance about what kind of repertoire we might work on?

Any song can be given a character-based spine, so we may work on pop songs, folk songs, legit musical theatre repertoire, and contemporary musical theatre repertoire.

Is this course only for students interested in musical theatre?

No, many straight plays require some level of singing. It is for students interested in character-based singing.

Do I need to be able to read music?

No, but we do ask for you to bring sheet music with you to the sessions.

Do I need to bring a backing track/accompanist?

No, the tutor is a musical director who can accompany you as well as direct. Depending on time, the tutor may be able to record a backing track for you to take away.

Can I record lessons for personal, private study afterwards?

Yes.

Will we do ensemble/chorus work?

No.

Will I get individual feedback?

Yes, each student will be assessed by the tutor and given individualised exercises tailored to realise their potential.

What do you mean by final lesson performance?

You will perform the sharing in a rehearsal space in Central. The focus of the performance is on the acting craft rather than creating a show for a paying public audience.

Can I invite agents/industry professionals to the final lesson performance?

No, the final performance will be private, for a select audience of non-paying invited friends and family. It should not be regarded as a showcase-style performance.

GENERAL:

Do I have to audition/apply for an evening course?

All of our evening courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No auditions, no need for a lengthy application process and no need to submit a CV/resumé. You just need to register and then pay! For further information on how to secure your place, please see the Booking section above.

Are your courses suitable for complete beginners?

Many of our courses are perfect for complete beginners. Please see the course information above for more details on the amount of experience required for your preferred course.

I’m a bit older – will everyone be 18 years old on your evening courses?

Absolutely not! Our evening courses are open to everybody over the age of 18, with no upper age limit. Whilst we do attract a lot of people in their 20s and 30s to our courses, it’s not unusual for us to also have people in their 40s and beyond on our courses too. We believe that a varied and diverse class of students makes for a much more interesting learning experience, so we encourage people of all ages to apply.

How many students are there per class?

This varies by course - it will be a maximum of 20 people in Acting - An Introduction and 16 people for most other evening courses.

Where does the course take place?

All of our evening courses take place at our purpose-built, main campus at Swiss Cottage. It’s in Zone 2, right next to Swiss Cottage tube station on the Jubilee Line.

How are the classes structured?

All of our courses are interactive and participatory and we hope you’ll arrive ready to get stuck in. In common with our degree and graduate courses, the evening courses are all about learning by experience – you’ll be up on your feet in a rehearsal room rather than sitting still looking at a Powerpoint presentation in a classroom.

Expect lots of practical exercises, working in groups, pairs and sometimes solo to practise and implement the new skills you’ll be learning in a welcoming, respectful environment.

Please be aware that, by its nature, acting and voice training may be physical and mentally demanding (but also highly rewarding!)

Will there be homework?

Depending on the course, you may be given some work to do outside of the class. This can vary from learning lines to reading a script to making some notes about characterisation. It shouldn’t take up too much of your time, and will greatly enhance your learning experience.

How important is it that I’m available for every session?

Very important! Our courses give you the chance to experience conservatoire-style training and as such we take attendance and punctuality very seriously. All of our courses are collaborative in nature and if you’re missing from class it impacts on your fellow students’ learning, as well as your own.

Who will my tutor be?

All of our courses are run by professional actors, acting coaches and directors and as such it may not be possible to confirm the name of your tutor until just before the course begins. Rest assured that we only work with the best of the best – all of our tutors have a background in working as professional actors and directors as well as being fantastic, highly experienced, much sought after teachers! See our Visiting Lecturer page to find out more.

Can I have my tutor’s contact details?

We’re unable to give out the direct contact details for your tutor, but we’re happy to pass on an email on your behalf if you send it to the Short Courses team.

Is there an order you would recommend taking your courses in?

If you are new to acting, we would recommend taking our evening courses in the following order:

First, Acting - An Introduction

Then Acting - Working with Text

Then either Acting - Further Work with Text or Acting - The Play, or both

Then we suggest picking one of our standalone acting courses: Acting - For CameraActing - Through Song or Acting - Shakespeare, which will appeal to students with interests in particular specialisms.

Our Audition Techniques course is ideal if you are thinking of taking your acting to the next level and auditioning for a Diploma, BA, MA or MFA programme at any drama school.

Our other standalone courses, suitable for non-actors as well as actors, are Voice for Performance - An Introduction, Directing - An Introduction and Playwriting - An Introduction, which can be taken at any point.

How often do you run each course?

We run three terms of our evening courses each year – Autumn, Spring, and Summer. Dates for the courses that we currently have on sale are listed above. In general, the Autumn term starts at the beginning of October, the Spring term in January and the Summer term towards the end of April.

Do you hold Open Evenings for the evening courses? Or offer taster sessions?

Not at the current time. If you would like more information about a course ahead of booking, please get in touch with our Short Courses team.

Do I get a certificate?

As these are short, non-accredited courses, we don’t offer a certificate as standard. Once the course has finished, we can supply a Certificate of Attendance on request, provided that you have attended at least 85% of the course. Please email the Short Courses team to request the certificate with the name you would like on it and the address where you would like the hard copy sent. Please note, it may take up to four weeks for your certificate to reach you.

Will this course help me get a Spotlight pin?

Spotlight, the industry directory, does not currently accept part-time, non-accredited courses as a way to get a pin. If you already have a pin, however, you’ll be able to list that you took one of our courses under the Education section of your Spotlight page.

Who is eligible for the concessionary fee?

Central offers a concessionary rate for some evening courses and you may be eligible if you can submit proof with your registration form of being an EU citizen in receipt of benefits for unemployment and/or disability within the UK.

Can I pay in installments?

Unfortunately not. We need to receive payment in full to confirm your place on the course.

I have paid but can no longer attend – can I get a refund or defer to another term?

You can receive a full refund up until 7 days before the course begins. After this point, all fees paid are fully non-refundable. 

If you would like a refund, you can log into your Eventbrite account that you used to book the course and do this yourself. 

We are unable to defer places to future courses. 

I have more questions – whom can I contact?

Please get in touch with our Short Courses team if you have any further questions.

International Students

Do you accept International Students on the evening courses?

Yes we do, however, you will need to ensure you have the correct visa.

If you are from the EU/EEA/Switzerland you don't currently need a visa to study in the UK however this is subject to change due to Britain's planned withdrawal from the EU. We advise all applicants to check the UK Visas and Information website for the most up-to-date information and guidance on the visa application procedure.

If you are not from an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you may need to obtain a Visa prior to entry to the UK (if you are a visa national) or upon entry to the UK (if you are a non-visa national). More information can be found on the UK Gov website. 

It is each student's responsibility to have the right documentation for study when they arrive in the UK. 

As our evening courses are classed as part-time, non-accredited short courses they are not eligible for a Tier 4 Student Visa however you may be eligible for a Short Term Study Visa.

Please see this website for more information.