Galway Sings Project is a class based introduction to choir and group singing. Structurally the group is a female voiced SSA choir. It is designed with the beginner in mind and the classes are devised to deliver a fun approach to group singing. The class introduces singers to singing in harmony and singers do not need to read music as we will work off lyric sheets as well as music sheets. Members receive a pack including a CD of their music and lyric and music sheets. Members will also have access to a Dropbox account with all materials online.
The music will be all in the popular music realm and this term the theme is Guilty Pleasures. Singers need not know the pieces as we will learn the works from scratch. We will look at pieces from ABBA, The Turtles, Sting, Louis Armstrong, Katy Perry, the musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory etc.
How much does it cost?
The class costs €100 per term. The term lasts 12 weeks & this includes 10 or 12 classes & a weekend workshop, details of dates below. The costs include the room hire, membership of Sing Ireland, insurance, the physical materials, online resources and teaching costs. Term 1 runs from September until the end of November and term 2 runs from January until April.
Classes are Thursday evenings from 7.15pm – 8.50pm in the River Room at NUI Galway.
How it works
A typical class starts at 7.15pm. The class starts with a warmup (both physical and vocally) and following this we learn a piece. The class is split into three sections based on your voice type. We have Firsts or Sopranos (high voices), Seconds or Mezzos (middle range voice) and Thirds or Altos (low voices).
Members often self-identify as a range but we can help you figure out which one best suit your own unique voice. The music is chosen so each part gets some melody and harmony at different points. Each member will get a CD with three versions of each piece, an instrumental track, the full version of the piece and a track with their own line being sung. Members get a lyric sheet pack at the beginning of term. Sheet music and full mp3 recordings off all lines are available to members on an assigned dropbox account to which members receive the link to at the beginning of term. We work towards a number of small public performance each term but there is no obligation for members to sing in public – some of our members just prefer to sing in the class!
There is a strong social aspect to the group with members organising coffee evenings prior to choir practice, dinners and parties and the members organise a trip to Clifden in February.