workshops

Workshops

Bespoke workshops offer a deeper dive into a range of singing and choir aspects, from beginner to advanced level. If you’re interested, check availability below, or email me if there is someone/something you think would be a good workshop idea.

FULL WEEKEND POP CHOIR MASTERCLASS
24th-25th of February 2024
With Merel Martens

Our POP CHOIR MASTERCLASS is back, bigger and better! Over two full days, expect deep dive into choir singing inspired by The Intelligent Choir method which aims to increase creativity, reflection, interaction and playfulness within choirs. It will be an engaging, accessible and fun session for everyone to enjoy!

Why you should sign up:
– you will become more confident in singing in a group
– you will get tuition from Merel Martens who’s a master in the field of vocal leadership!
– you will learn tools to get better at rhythm, groove, intonation, pitch, blend, interpretation & performance.
– you will learn the basics of beatboxing and get inspired. I Like Singing may be organising a beatboxing course in the future!
– you will get high level tuition in a small group setting (limit is 50 participants)
– you will go out of your comfort zone in a safe and friendly environment!

About Merel who will lead the weekend:
After two bachelor’s degrees in Music Teaching and Choir Leading Pop & Jazz, Merel received a Master’s degree in ‘Vocal Leadership’ from RAMA in May 2015. Merel’s name is connected to the award winning vocal groups Pitch Control, MAZE, The Junction, Dutch Organic Choir and VOÏSZ Vocal Projects. Merel regularly travels to international vocal festivals for workshops, ateliers and concerts and is head of Vocal Leadership course that educates choir leaders from all over the world.

Saturday 24th February
9.30am – 4.00pm: Day 1 Masterclass
4.00pm – 6.00pm: Indian Buffet (optional for £12)

St Matthew’s Hall, Chapel Lane, Manchester

Sunday 25th February
9.30am – 4.00pm: Day 2 Masterclass
(the last 30 minutes will include an informal performance of everything we’ve learnt – you can invite friends/family to see how good we sound!)

Stretford Public Hall, Chester Road, Manchester

Limited to 50 participants

Previous workshops:

POP CHOIR MASTERCLASS
Led by Leanne Sedin

The POP CHOIR MASTERCLASS is a deep dive into choir singing inspired by The Intelligent Choir method which aims to increase creativity, reflection, interaction and playfulness within choirs. It will be an engaging, accessible and fun session for everyone to enjoy! The day will be led by Leanne Sedin, whose unique and creative approach to choir leadership has been shaped by her training at Denmark’s RAMA Vocal Centre.

The masterclass will include:

* lots of fun singing games and songs
* work on rhythm and groove
* solfa training
* circle singing and vocal painting (VOPA)

Saturday 10th of June, 2023

St Matthew Hall, Stretford, Greater Manchester

9.30 – 16.00

16.00 – 18.00 Indian buffet (optional add-on for £11)

Limited to 50 participants

SINGING FOR BETTER BREATHING

Singing is a fun and active way to improve your breathing. With breathlessness being a common long term effect of COVID, this weekly course will aim to improve your breathing through vocal exercises, tension release and songs. 

Every Thursday

10.00 – 10.15 chat with a cuppa

10.15 – 11.00 Breathing exercises and singing 

If you cannot make Thursday mornings, but are interested in this course, please also send an email, if there is enough interest, I’ll add another one. 

BREATHING, TENSION RELEASE AND VOCAL TECHNIQUE

Join Rose for a series of 4 x 60-minute workshops focussing on the three pillars of good singing.

We will go through:

  • breathing exercises
  • understanding your voice
  • tension release
  • focussed vocal technique exercises
  • learning songs
  • Q&A session for the entire group

Every Sunday

12.40 – 12.50 Chat with a cuppa
12.50 – 13.45 Singing

VOCAL TECHNIQUE MASTERCLASS

The ever popular Vocal Technique Masterclass has evolved from an intense crash course to a more comprehensive 8 part course with each session lasting 60 minutes.

Includes:

  • the six voice qualities: Sob, Belt, Opera, Twang, Speech and Falsetto
  • anatomy of the vocal tract
  • how sound is created and manipulated
  • focussed vocal warm-ups
  • open singing sessions for live feedback (not mandatory)
  • Q&A session for the entire group

CREATIVE SONGWRITING COURSE

Songwriters unite! Do you struggle to find inspiration for new songs? Or perhaps you have notebooks full of ideas but never seem to be able to get past the ideas stage.

After the great success of their songwriting courses, Rose and Jolyn (of jospianolessons.com) now present it to the digital world!

Our last course was a great success and we would love to start another one.


Email info@ilikesinging.com to check availability

It has forced me out of my comfort zone and shed some inhibitions

I'd like to thank you for the songwriting course. It has forced me out of my comfort zone and shed some inhibitions - which in itself is a massive thing. It's been great meeting everyone and collaborating and I hope we can stay in touch!

Pete

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Pete

I'd like to thank you for the songwriting course. It has forced me out of my comfort zone and shed some inhibitions - which in itself is a massive thing. It's been great meeting everyone and collaborating and I hope we can stay in touch!

I love the people, the songs and great tuition from Rose

I think it is well run and very professional. Rose is encouraging and promotes a really friendly atmosphere which is very inclusive 

 
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Sarah, choir member

it’s the thing I look forward to most all week 🙂

Lovely bunch of people and a relaxed and fun atmosphere

 

Sophie, choir member

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2022-01-15T11:45:25+00:00

Sophie, choir member

Lovely bunch of people and a relaxed and fun atmosphere  

Rose makes the sessions joyful. She is professional, skilled, friendly and a pleasure to sing with! 

Everyone is super friendly. I like the aim is to sing great, but still be fun. It feels like the right balance to me. I was worried I might be judged as not good enough, but it doesn't feel competitive when we sing together. 

Rose makes the sessions joyful. She is professional, skilled, friendly and a pleasure to sing with! 

 

Deb, choir member

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2022-01-15T11:43:33+00:00

Deb, choir member

Everyone is super friendly. I like the aim is to sing great, but still be fun. It feels like the right balance to me. I was worried I might be judged as not good enough, but it doesn't feel competitive when we sing together.  Rose makes the sessions joyful. She is professional, skilled, friendly and a pleasure to sing with!   

I had a lot of fun and have really learned a lot about myself and songwriting.

Thank you so much for supporting us and carrying on so positively during these strange times! I had a lot of fun and have really learned a lot about myself and songwriting. All the effort you've put in has been appreciated and so helpful, thank you!

Reena

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2020-06-06T20:55:54+00:00

Reena

Thank you so much for supporting us and carrying on so positively during these strange times! I had a lot of fun and have really learned a lot about myself and songwriting. All the effort you've put in has been appreciated and so helpful, thank you!

I love choir because of the people, the songs, the sense of community and socialising. 

 

Ashwini, choir member

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2022-01-15T11:44:49+00:00

Ashwini, choir member

I love choir because of the people, the songs, the sense of community and socialising.   

It was really interesting to learn about what physically happens when you sing, and how you can use that knowledge to train your voice.

It was really interesting to learn about what physically happens when you sing, and how you can use that knowledge to train your voice. We got to immediately try out what we were learning through practical exercises. Receiving feedback and very helpful practical tips on my singing gave me a foundation to practice in a more focused and goal-oriented way. This introductory class inspired me to pursue singing lessons further.

Miranda

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2020-06-14T20:03:59+00:00

Miranda

It was really interesting to learn about what physically happens when you sing, and how you can use that knowledge to train your voice. We got to immediately try out what we were learning through practical exercises. Receiving feedback and very helpful practical tips on my singing gave me a foundation to practice in a more focused and goal-oriented way. This introductory class inspired me to pursue singing lessons further.

Your songwriting workshop was the most fun and creative of the ones I’ve been.

Thanks for last night, I really enjoyed it! I've tried many songwriting workshops now and this yours was the most fun and creative! 
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2020-06-06T09:59:57+00:00
Thanks for last night, I really enjoyed it! I've tried many songwriting workshops now and this yours was the most fun and creative! 
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