The Vocal Performance, Technique and Recording course is part of ICMP’s range of Music Industry courses.
Spend three months developing your vocal performance and learning how to record your vocals in a studio, with twice weekly hands-on workshops and performance opportunities at ICMP.
Throughout the course, you’ll be guided by ICMP’s renowned professional Vocal tutors, who will provide you with in-depth coaching and constructive vocal feedback at every stage. You’ll gain impressive experience across both performance and studio recording, and will explore your own unique singing voice on a truly intimate level.
With access to ICMP’s state-of-the-art recording studio and performance facilities at Queen’s Park and Kilburn, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between technique and performance, as well as practical skills integral to your journey as a vocalist.
For the first four weeks of the course, you’ll spend one lesson focusing on vocal technique and a second on live vocal performance. This combination balances the theoretical and practical sides of your learning, letting you consolidate your understanding and hone your skills by implementing each technique as you go along.
As you progress, you’ll cover the fundamentals of vocal performance: from finding and optimising your voice, to discovering your strengths and areas for improvement in solo and group performance work. Across weeks 5–8, you’ll take part in group singing workshops, a masterclass hosted by a special guest vocals lecturer, and ensemble and solo performance rehearsals, culminating in an exciting live gig.
The remainder of the course will see you learning how to record your vocals, both in a home studio set up and at ICMP’s professional on-campus recording studio. At the end of the 12-week period, you’ll leave with two professionally recorded tracks – one solo and one ensemble – which you can use to promote yourself across the wider music industry.
Want to join us for a taster of this brand new evening course? Come along on the 20th of March to get a feel of what you could be covering over the 3 month course.
Technique and Performance I
Throughout this module, you’ll receive vocal training to optimise your voice and gain a greater understanding of the technical elements of singing, such as posture, breathing & voice qualities. You’ll also learn and perform two songs of your choice.
Technique and Performance II
Continuing on from the previous module, you’ll expand your knowledge of vocal techniques by exploring stylistic choices, chest voice vs head voice options, agility, and vocal colour and resonance. You’ll learn how to apply these on stage by choosing two additional songs, and will enhance the impact of your performance through improved stagecraft, storytelling and special effects.
By exploring the history and fundamentals of group singing, you’ll uncover leadership qualities you can put into practice when working with fellow vocalists in an ensemble. You’ll also develop your group singing techniques, vocal harmony and vocal blend abilities while you rehearse. This module includes a masterclass hosted by a prominent guest vocalist who will share their vast industry expertise.
Live Performance Preparation
Many factors contribute to a successful performance. Across this module, you’ll learn how to organise and select your repertoire, run rehearsals, and improve your confidence on stage. You’ll also get the chance to perform your solo and ensemble pieces in front of family and friends as part of an unforgettable live gig experience at our Queen’s Park performance venue.
Now that you’ve strengthened your stage presence, it’s time to take it to the studio. In this module, you’ll learn the ins and outs of navigating session vocals, including microphone and vocal production basics, and technique considerations unique to a recording studio environment. You’ll also learn how to work with a producer, including music studio etiquette and how to handle feedback.
In this module, you’ll cover how to record successfully at home and in a studio recording booth, as you work directly with a producer to record, edit, comp and mix two final projects: your solo track and the group ensemble piece. These will become fully realised demos that capture your unique sound, ready to be shared.
- Duration: 3 months
- Day/Time: Mondays & Thursdays (7pm - 10pm)
- Where: ICMP Performance Studios, Kilburn and ICMP's Queen's Park Studio
- Max students: 15
Next start dates
- Monday 10th April 2023
Course cost: £1,500
Pay upfront: £1,350 with 10% discount
A discount of 10% is applied if you pay the full course fee upfront. This means you pay a total of £1,350.
Payment plan: £1,500
Instalment payments: 3 x monthly payments of £500 of which £150 will form a non-refundable registration fee, making the total payment £1,500. The first payment is payable prior to course commencement. A direct debit will be set up to take the second and third payments following the course start date.
We welcome students from outside of the UK to join this specialist course. Depending on where you are coming from, you may require a standard visitor visa to attend this course. Please be aware that ICMP is a recognised accredited UK institution. Should you require this visa; the cost will depend on where you are travelling from. To check if you require a UK visa head to gov.uk.
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- Next start date: Monday 10th April 2023
- Intensive 3-month part-time course.
- Take your vocal talent to the next level.
- Improve your technical singing skills and learn new ones.
- Receive feedback from industry professionals in a nurturing environment.
- Apply singing techniques to live performance and in-studio recording.
- Develop your understanding of the music industry.
- Gain confidence in solo and group performing and home recording.
- Make new industry connections and grow your network.
- Enjoy hands-on activities across the course.
- Record a solo and ensemble track in our professional music studios.
- International students welcomed (eligibility criteria will apply).
- Payment plans available.