Singing Studio Classes
Singing at ITW places equal emphasis on technique and performance. Singing class is offered in small groups for younger students and beginners. Older students who are on higher grades, getting ready for Junior or Leaving Cert practicals, or preparing for college auditions are encouraged to take private lessons.
Singing classes are generally taken in addition to the weekly dance and creative drama core subjects, but are offered as a non-member option in selective circumstances.
Our singing classes are a mix of classical singing technique, music theory, and performance. The repertoire primarily comes from musical theatre, but traditional, classical, and pop is also included when appropriate. Students are divided by school class, and when they’re old enough they work towards exams with the Leinster School of Music and Drama and the Irish Board of Speech and Drama. These exams include a written research component as well as theory, vocal technique, and performance.
There are two recitals per year for singing students from the Junior to Young Adult levels when parents get a chance to hear what they are preparing for their exams.
ITW Singing Teachers:
- Georgia Snow (Head of Singing and Musical Theatre) MA Directing for Theatre UCD, BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance Wagner College (Fiddler on the Roof North American tour) www.georgiasnow.com
- Sylvia O'Brien Doctorate Music Performance, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Fellow Lecturer - Royal Irish Academy, Vocal Tutor- Maynooth University
- Ciara Lyons BA Drama Studies UCD, Associate & Licentiate LSMD
- Meabh Carron BA (Hons) Music and Drama UCD (vocal duo CARRON, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz National Concert Hall)
- Clara Murray Dip Comm RIAM, (RTE Junior presenter)
- Nicole Lamb BA (Hons) Musical Theatre, University of Chichester, Estill Technique
Contact Georgia on +353 1 260 0831 to make an appointment for a free singing assessment and information.
Some of our singing classes
Leaving Cert / Junior Cert Practical
ITW also offer private classes for students preparing for practical music exams as part of the Irish leaving/ junior certificate music syllabi.With a huge range of material to choose from, students are guided in their selection of pieces and coached to bring these pieces to the highest possible standard of performance.We also have short specialist singing courses throughout the year including Music Theory, Acting the Song, Audition Preparation, workshops with guest teachers and others. Watch our newsletters and website for details. Our primary objective is to build confidence and creativity and to provide a social forum for our students to make friends and exercise their imagination. However, we also offer the opportunity for anyone interested to gain their certificates and diplomas by taking the Leinster School of Music & Drama exams. These exams are available in Solo Acting, Speech & Drama, Singing and Musical Theatre, up to and including Diploma level.
Following the syllabus and taking exams have proved to be a fantastic experience for our students: They gain confidence in their own abilities and enjoy having a goal to work towards.
For the Leinster School exams, the students must prepare one or two contrasting songs from musical theatre. These pieces can be performed solo or else students have an option to perform duets. They must perform the songs in a professional manner, adding appropriate choreography and movement where necessary to enhance the performance. They also must study the character from the musical and decide on costume, props and the staging of the piece. In addition they perform a short mime, poem/piece of drama. The students are examined not only on the standard of their performance, but also on their technical understanding of their voices in areas such as vocal support, projection, breath control etc. They are prepared for these exams in singing class.
For the ABRSM exams, an examiner comes from the UK and students perform a minimum of four songs from traditional, classical, and musical theatre repertoire with good technique and understanding of the pieces. Students are also tested on aural skills and sight singing in the room with the examiner.