Barbershop Chorus for Ladies - An Introduction to Acapella Singing Print this page

Dates: 19/04/18 - 28/06/18
Days: Thursday 19:00 - 21:00
Sessions: 10
Centre: Sutton - Sutton
Course Code: S43039B09JV
Fees: Standard - £100.00
Concessionary - £100.00

Course Information

Introductory info

Whether you’d like to find your inner diva, enjoy singing with others or simply want some fun this 100% interactive ladies barbershop course will introduce you to the delights of singing in 4 part harmony and share the tools and techniques that will help you release your full natural voice
The tutor Lisa Anderson recently took part with Vocal Dimension Chorus, from Redhill, in the first episode of the new BBC prime time Saturday evening show ‘Pitch Battle’. You can view their 2 performances using the links below:

Vocal Dimension Chorus sing Sweet Dreams Are Made of This – Pitch Battle: Episode 1

Riff Off: Vocal Dimension Chorus vs a Flame – Pitch Battle: Episode 1

What are the overall aims of the course?

The overall aim of the course is to teach students how to

• Sing in 4 part harmony
• Understand the voice as an instrument and the tools and techniques needed to prepare the vocal instrument for use
• Understand how different vocal tools and techniques can improve sound production
• Encourage performance and showmanship including basic choreography
• Improve overall confidence when singing
• Have some fun!

What will I learn on the course?

You will learn :

• The background of barbershop music
• Preparation of the voice for use through Postural awareness, Breathing warm ups, physical warm ups and vocal exercises
• How to learn and sing 2-3 unaccompanied songs in 4 part harmony with a view to performing them in the end of term show
• How to tune to a pitch pipe to obtain your first notes
• How to improve sound production and blend through vowel matching
• Basic performance skills including simple choreography
• There will also be the opportunity for students to lead the warm up exercises and input into the choreography

Are there any entry requirements?

Students should enjoy singing as part of a group and be interested in singing 4 part harmonies.

Do I need to attend a course approval interview/assessment before I can join this course?


How will I be taught?

Classroom based (including practical work where applicable)
Extending Learning and online support through VERA (Virtual Education Resources & Activities)

How will my progress be checked?

Informal observation and feedback in class
Tutor observation
You will also have the opportunity to perform with the class at the Colleges Spring Show in front of fellow students and their friends and family.

Does the course have any features I should be aware of?

Only a pitch pipe is used to find the first notes of a song. Acappella music is all unaccompanied.
All warm ups, vocal exercises and songs are ideally performed standing. Seats are available if required but this might limit an individuals ability to perform elements of choreography.

Students will be expected to learn and practice their notes outside of the course via teacher learning tracks that can be listened to and sung along to at home.

Physical music sheets will not be used for performances. Students must learn songs off by heart to be able to perform them without referring to the music sheets.

Students should be prepared to learn a variety of parts in order to benefit the group performance as a whole.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

All sheet music will be provided.
Please bring a pencil to mark sheet music and make notes.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

Additional Learning Support (ALS) may be made available for learners who, at the time of assessment and/or enrolment, declare a difficulty or disability that may affect their learning. Our service can support learners in English, maths, who are dyslexic, deaf or hearing impaired or who have evidence of other medical issues impacting on learning. Learners can also find information about financial and child care support from the Customer Enquiry Centre.

All learners are entitled to use our iClick - Computer & Digital Learning Centre. For more information please see or contact

You will be issued with a Sutton College e-mail address, which will give you access to Sutton College’s Virtual Learning Environment, called VERA.

There is free guest Wi-Fi available in the College

Can I receive advice and guidance about further education opportunities and careers?

Yes. To find out more about what may be available to you please contact our Advice Team. See

What can I do after the course has finished?

List progression opportunities – especially similar courses we offer at Sutton College

What should I do if I have any questions?

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